Policy Press

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The Strengths Approach in Practice

How It Changes Lives

By Avril Bellinger and Deirdre Ford

Published

Jan 17, 2022

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447359692

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 17, 2022

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447359708

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
The Strengths Approach in Practice

In the global emergencies our world faces, the strengths approach is needed now more than ever. Commonly misunderstood, its true power as a whole systems approach to release the potential of individuals, communities and their environments has been neglected. For those brave enough, this book offers theoretical and practical encouragement.

The authors use a case study of their work with a unique NGO in the UK that combines student placements with support for refugees. They illustrate what it really means to adopt a strengths approach in practice. Chapters include the strengths approach to funding, organisational development, management and governance as well as immigration law, student learning and research.

This book will give readers grounds for optimism as well as transferable practices for challenging social injustice.

“This book advances passionate and conceptually sound arguments for practical, philosophical and political applications of strengths approaches to complex social challenges, arguing that ‘there is always something that can be done’". Carole Adamson, The University of Auckland

Avril Bellinger, Honorary Associate Professor in Social Work at Plymouth University and academic activist, is the founder and Chair of Students and Refugees Together (START).

Deirdre Ford is a registered social worker, associate of Research in Practice and trustee of Students and Refugees Together (START).

Introduction: The strengths approach in a global emergency

1. A strengths approach to human need

2. A strengths approach to law and policy

3. A strengths approach to organisational development

4. A strengths approach to governance and management

5. A strengths approach to funding an NGO

6. A strengths approach to research

7. A strengths approach to student learning

8. A strengths approach to growing community

9. The strengths approach in practice: how it changes lives