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A Strengths-Based Approach for Intervention with At-Risk Youth
Powell, Kevin M.
Research Press / Softcover / 2015-08-01 / 0878226958
Infant, Child & Adolescent
price: $68.50
226 pages
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By focusing attention on what is right with youth rather than what is wrong with them, the strengths-based approach to intervening with youth avoids negative outcomes commonly associated with deficit- or problem-based interventions. This book provides an accessible outline of the strengths-based approach and details 41 interventions across several strengths domains.


Part 1: Overview of a Strengths-Based Approach
Chapter 1—Strengths-Based Approach: What, When, How, Where, Why?
Chapter 2—Evidence-Based Support
Chapter 3—Thinking Back to Childhood Experiences
Chapter 4—Holistic Perspective: Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention
Chapter 5—Promoting Resiliency in Youth
Chapter 6—Motivating and Engaging Youth
Chapter 7—Enhancing Youths’ Openness and Honesty

Part 2: Strengths-Based Interventions
Chapter 8—Strengths-Based Interventions: An Overview
Chapter 9—Relationship Development
Chapter 10—Optimistic Attitude Development
Chapter 11—Asset Development
Chapter 12—Prosocial Development
Chapter 13—Intellectual Development
Chapter 14—Provider Development

Practitioners in school, clinical, and community settings will find the book’s numerous case examples, practical suggestions, and reproducible forms and handouts invaluable in the provision of day-to-day youth services.

Praise for A Strengths-Based Approach for Intervention with At-Risk Youth

“Dr. Powell’s 41 strengths-based interventions provide well-supported and practical strategies that illuminate the science and art of working with at-risk youth. This book is a ‘must read’ for new therapists, clinical supervisors, and experienced therapists who need a fresh and optimistic perspective.”

—Tom Leversee, LCSW, Colorado Division of Youth Corrections

“An excellent book for those starting out in this field, it is also a wonderful reminder to those of us who have been around for some time of the importance of ensuring that our approaches continue to help build resilience in our young clients through strengths-based work and interventions.”

—Russ Pratt, Dpsych, Department of Health and Human Services, Melbourne, Australia

“Dr. Kevin Powell has used his experience with adolescent youth to write a very readable and comprehensive review of a strengths-based approach.?.?.?.?The reader will come away with a solid perspective on this very important approach to intervention.”

—Ernest L. Chavez, PhD, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University

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