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Strengths-based practice is not just about supporting consumers as they identify and use their own positive capacities and assets. It is also about finding community assets which help link the consumer to these potential informal and community supports. For many people—consumers and providers alike—there is a great appeal to the idea of building an individual’s strengths while drawing on the community to build a supportive, individualized network of relationships and involvements. Yet when it comes down to planning and providing services and supports for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families, it is often difficult to see whether the desire to use a strengths-based approach has actually led to anything different from services as usual.

Publication Date

Spring 2002


Social work with youth, Youth -- Mental health services, Young adults -- Mental health services, Social work with children


Social Policy | Social Welfare | Social Work


Copyright @ 2002 by Regional Research Institute. All Rights Reserved

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Focal Point, Volume 16 Number 01