Strengths-Based Engagement and Practice: Creating Effective Helping Relationships [Paperback]


This new presents a wealth of ideas and methods for using collaborative, strengths-based practice by social workers or counsellors. 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.

Through in-depth discussion, client examples, clinical vignettes, and exercises the author shows practitioners how to create a respectful attitude by becoming: culturally sensitive; collaborative; client informed; competency based; and change oriented. It is based on decades of research that have been demonstrated to be influential in therapeutic outcomes.

Bob Bertolino, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counselling at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also Sr. Clinical Advisor at Youth In Need, Inc. Bob has taught workshops throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, and the United Kingdom. He has authored or co-authored numerous and is licensed as a marital and family therapist, professional counsellor, and clinical social worker in the state of Missouri, is a National Certified Counsellor, a Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor, and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy