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Building Strengths and Skills: A Collaborative Approach to Working with Clients

Jacqueline Corcoran


This book presents an approach to therapeutic contact with clients that capitalizes on people's resilience, strengths, and capacities. The helper works in collaboration with the individual to identify and amplify these capacities to resolve problems and improve quality of life. Clients are empowered to find their own answers and solutions that will fit their particular worldview and their unique strengths (De Jong & Miller, 1995). These principles are operationalized through solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing. The helper also identifies areas in which clients can use educat ... More

Keywords: strengths, resilience, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195154306
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline Corcoran, editor
Virginia Commonwealth University