This accessible textbook offers students and practitioners a comprehensive introduction to strengths-based approaches in Social Work and Social Care practice. Covering the theory and research in support of these approaches, and packed full of case studies, the book will allow readers to develop a critical understanding of how strengths-based approaches work, and can be successfully applied, in order to improve outcomes for people with lived experience.
Covering the five main models of strengths-based practice, the text presents international research and evidence on the efficacy of each approach, enabling students and practitioners to apply the benefits in their own social work practice. The guide features the perspectives of people with lived experience throughout and includes the following key learning features:
• case studies of best practice;
• points for practice: succinct tips for practitioners and students on practice placement;
• further reading list and resources;
Deanna Edwards is Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Salford and a Practice Educator.
Dr Kate Parkinson is the Subject Leader for Health and Social Care at the University of Huddersfield.
Part 1: Strength-Based Approaches in Context
1. An Introduction to Strengths-Based Approaches - Deanna Edwards and Kate Parkinson
2. Theoretical Context of Strengths-Based Perspectives - Kate Parkinson and Deanna Edwards
3. Solution Focused Practice - Guy Shennan
4. Family Group Conferences - Kate Parkinson and Deanna Edwards
5. Signs of Safety - Steve Myers and Lauren Bailey
6. Multi-Systemic Therapy - Simone Fox, Mhairi Fleming and Anne Edmondson
7. A Narrative Approach to Social Work - Michaela Rogers and Jen Cooper
Part 2: Exploring Strengths-Based Approaches in Practice
8. Strengths-Based Approaches in Adult Social Care - Sarah Pollock
9. Strengths-Based Approaches in Mental Health Services - Emily Weygang
10. People with Lived Experience of Strengths-Based Approaches - Deanna Edwards and Kate Parkinson
Conclusion - Deanna Edwards and Kate Parkinson