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Strengths-Based Therapy

Strengths-Based Therapy
Connecting Theory, Practice and Skills

  • Elsie Jones-Smith - Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

January 2013 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Combining both the theory and practice of strengths-based therapy, Elsie Jones-Smith introduces current and future practitioners to the modern approach of practice—presenting a model for treatment as well as demonstrations in clinical practice across a variety of settings. This highly effective form of therapy supports the idea that clients know best about what has worked and has not worked in their lives, helps them discover positive and effective solutions through their own experiences, and allows therapists to engage their clients in their own therapy.

Drawing from cutting-edge research in neuroscience, positive emotions, empowerment, and change, Strengths-Based Therapy helps readers understand how to get their clients engaged as active participants in treatment.

Part I
Chapter 1: Strengths-Based Therapy
Chapter 2: Human Strengths Theory: The Neuroscience and Relational
Chapter 3: Strengths across Cultures
Chapter 4: The Strengths-Based Therapy Model
Chapter 5: Strengths-Based Assessment
Part II
Strengths-Based Recovery: Introduction to Part II, Practice
Chapter 6: Strengths-Based Therapy and Families
Chapter 7: Strengths-Based Therapy and Recovery in Mental Health
Chapter 8: Strengths-Based Therapy, Addiction, and a Harm Reduction Approach
Chapter 9: Strengths-Based School Counseling
Chapter 10: Strengths-Based Therapy: “At-Risk or “At-Promise”
Chapter 11: Strengths-Based Therapy in Correctional Settings
Chapter 12: Strengths-Based Therapy and Older Adults

This is an interesting book which encourages the reader to look at potential problems and situations from a positive perspective and also from different cultural and social perspectives...The concepts in this book apply equally well to teachers, parents and students. A strength-based approach has much to offer as part of a whole school approach to developing a positive culture.

Mary Mountstephen
SEN Magazine
Key features


  • Employs a theory-to-practice approach often lacking in other texts
  • Draws heavily on cognitive behavioral (evidence-based) approaches
  • Lays out a model for use with a variety of client types/settings, including families, mental health settings, schools, substance abuse, and corrections
  • Uses clinical illustrations to demonstrate practical applications

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Chapter 6

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