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Course: The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice (Fifth Edition)
by Dennis Saleebey

CE Credit Hours: 8
Fee: $45

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The fifth edition of The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice continues the endeavor to expand the conceptual, clinical, and practical elements of the strengths perspective. It is an outstanding collection of articles explaining the strengths-based philosophy, demonstrating how it works, and providing practical tools for its application. Each chapter is written by a respected individual(s) in the field providing a balanced approach to a social work practice that explores the strengths and assets of clients. An extensive and wide range of ideas and populations are covered in this text. The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice is intended for Licensed Clinical Social Workers at all levels of career experience.

This edition has been significantly revised and includes the following eight new chapters.

The Challenge of Seeing Anew the World We think We Know: Learning Strengths-Based Practice by Robert Blundo

Chronic Illness and Transilience Along My Spiritual Path by Edward Canda

Key Dimensions of the Strengths Perspective in Case Management, Clinical, and Community Practice by Ann Weick, James Krieder, and Ronna Chamberlain

The Strengths Perspective in Criminal Justice by Michael Clark

Implementation of Brief Strengths-Based Case Management: An Evidence-Based Intervention for Improving Linkage with Care by Richard C. Rapp and D. Timothy Lane

A Shift in Thinking: Influencing Social Workers' Beliefs About Individual and Family Resilience in an Effort to Enhance Well-being and Success for All by Bonnie Benard and Sara L. Truebridge

Exploring the Nature of Resilience: A View from the Inside-Out by Jack Pransky and Diane McMillen

Poverty Through the Lens of Economic Human Rights by Mary Bricker-Jenkins, Rosemary Barbera, and Carry Young

This book captures the opus of Dennis Saleebey's vision: the central proposition of social work practice is to exploit the best in all of us; to work together to surmount adversity; to confront the appalling with all the tools within us; to wrestle distress and disillusionment to the ground; to grab the hands of others and march unwaveringly, even heroically, in the direction of hopes, dreams, and possibilities.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Have a better understanding of the philosophy, concepts, and principles of the 'strengths perspective'
  • Know more about the 'strengths perspective' and the implications of its integration with spiritually based healing practices
  • Be more aware of the important dimensions of the 'strengths based perspective' in case management, clinical practice, and community outreach
  • Be better able to implement 'strengths based case management' (SBCM) in addiction treatment and HIV care
  • Be able to articulate the conceptual framework of resilience and its place in clinical treatment using the 'strengths based perspective'

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to Amazon.com for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
  • This course does not qualify for NBCC credit.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • Spirituality and Religion in Social Work
    Edited by T. Laine Scales, Terry A. Wolfer, David A. Sherwood, Diana R. Garland, Beryl Hugen, Sharon Weaver Pittman
  • Walsh F. (2001). A Family Resilience Framework for Intervention and Prevention in A.R. Roberts and G.J. Greene (eds.), Social Workers Desk Reference. New York: Oxford University Press
  • Visit Home Page of Edward R. Canda,MSW,PhD
    http://www.socwel.ku.edu/canda/
  • Association of Social Work Boards
    www.aswb.org

Bio: Dennis Saleebey

About The Editor
Dennis Saleebey, DSW, is Professor Emeritus of Social Welfare at the School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas. He was the Lucy and Henry Moses Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Work at Hunter College in New York, for the 2002-2003 school year. One of his primary interests has been the development of a more strengths-based approach to social work practice. For the past twenty years, he has been involved in a number of strengths based community building and community outreach projects.

Dennis Saleebey is an author and editor of the previous editions of The Strengths Perspective in Social Environments: A Biopsychosocial Approach. His book, Human Behavior and Social Environments: A Biopsychosocial Approach, was published by Columbia University Press in 2001. His latest publications include: The Strengths Perspective: Putting Possibility and Hope to Work in Practice; Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare; The Strengths Perspective; A Paradigm Shift?.

Contributors
Kim M Anderson,LCSW,PhD
Rosemary Barbera,LCSW,DSW
Bonnie Benard,MSW
Robert Blundo,LCSW,PhD
Mary Bricker-Jenkins,DSW
Edward R. Canda,MSW,PhD
Ronna Chamberlain,MSW,PhD
Rosemary Chapin,MSW,Phd
Michael D. Clark,MSW,LMSW
Charles D. Cowger,PhD
Becky Fast,MSW,MPA
Walter E. Kisthardt,MSW,PhD
James W. Kreider,MSW,LSCSW
D. Timothy Lane,MEd,LICDC
Diane P. McMillen,MSW,PhD
Holly Nelson-Becker,LCSW, PhD
Jack Pransky,PhD
Charles A. Rapp,MSW, PhD
Richard C. Rapp,MSW, ACSW
Carol A. Snively,LCSW, PhD
Patrick Sullivan,MSW, PhD
Sara Truebridge,MEd
Ann Weick,MSW,PhD
Carrie Young, MSW