Consensus about the value of the strengths perspective is developing among child welfare and family service practitioners. Yet, few first-hand reports are available from the perspectives of family members and interdisciplinary service providers about the principles most important for engaging and supporting family members to achieve needed outcomes. This paper briefly highlights principles most often cited as key to application of the strengths perspective and compares first-hand accounts from family members and service providers. These views were elicited through focus groups facilitated by a community-based family support program.Implications for strengths-based practice with families are discussed.
DePanfilis, Diane; Okundaye, Joshua; Glazer-Semmel, Esta; Kelly, Lisa; and Ernst, Joy Swanson
"Applying the Strengths Perspective to Increase Safety and Weil-Being: Views from Families and Providers,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 6
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol6/iss2/3