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Strengths-Based Engagement and Practice: Creating Effective Helping Relationships, 1st edition

  • Bob A. Bertolino

Published by Pearson (January 27th 2009) - Copyright © 2010

1st edition

Strengths-Based Engagement and Practice: Creating Effective Helping Relationships

ISBN-13: 9780205569045

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This new text presents a wealth of ideas and methods for using collaborative, strengths-based practice by social workers or counselors. It looks at the conditions, factors, and practices that most often lead to success in therapeutic outcomes and translates them into common-sense practical methods. KEY TOPICS: Couples Therapy, Family Therapy; Practice with children and families, Strengths-Based Engagement. For social work and family therapy professionals interested in learning skills for couples and family therapy.

Table of contents




Part I


Chapter 1   The Atmosphere of Practice

The Big Picture: Macro Factors and Helping Relationships

The General Efficacy of Psychotherapy

Professional Discipline

Competency and Effectiveness

The Scientist-Practitioner

The Reflective Practitioner

Therapist Effects

Practice and Setting

Personal Philosophy and Worldview

Opening Conversations for Change: Becoming Strengths-Based

Creating a Culture of Care and Respect


Chapter 2    An Ecology of Ideas: Foundations of Strengths-Based Engagement (SBE)

Multiple Perspectives and Ecology

Hybrid Responses: Eclecticism and Integration

Beyond Macro and Micro Levels: Strengthening Integration through Research

Primary Agendas in Research

Agenda 1: Empirically Supported Treatments (ESTs) and Evidenced-Based
Practices (EBPs) (Model-Based Research)

Agenda 2: Common Factors
Agenda 3: Empirically Supported Therapy Relationships (ESRs)

Agenda 4: Outcomes Management

Intersection and Convergence in Research

Effective Therapy and Universal Principles

Reflecting on Philosophy and Research

Core Premises of SBE

Client Contributions

The Therapeutic Relationship and Alliance

Cultural Competence

Change as a Process

Expectancy and Hope

Method and Factor of Fit



Part II


Chapter 3    Keys to Collaborative Partnerships: First Steps in Engagement

Keys to Collaboration in Initial Engagement

Collaboration Key #1: Service Expectations

Collaboration Key #2: Attendance of Meetings/Sessions

Collaboration Key #3: The Format of Meetings/Sessions  

Collaboration Key #4: The Physical Space and Setting of Sessions         

Collaboration Key #5: The Timing, Length, and Frequency of Sessions

Collaboration Key #6: The Open-Door Perspective           

Collaboration Key #7: Pre-Meeting/Session Change

Collaboration Key #8: Process and O

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