Example Of Strength Based Practice

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Summary of strength-based practice and its application in developing a case-plan for working with Bec. What is strength based practice? Strength based practice is an important tool for every youth worker. McCashen describes it as practice based on the person’s strengths (McCashen, 2005). These strengths can be things such as • Personality traits • Knowledge • Friends/Family • Community By concentrating on strengths you take away any negative factors when working with someone. An example of using a strength based approach would be hacing respect for a person's differences whereas taking a problem based approach would be trying to change these differences in order to fit societys 'norm'. Another key area of the strengths based approach is self determination. Self determination is someone having the chance to decide their own path and has been linked to a more positive view on life and lifestyle satisfaction (Wehmeyer and Field, 2007). This is key in linking the strengths based approach to youth work as a main concept of youth work is to empower. Why do we use it in youth work? Youth work is an ideal setting in which to use a strength based practice. Many of the concepts of a strength based approach align with the core practises and principles of the youth work code of ethics one of these links is the concept of power over vs power with. A strength based approach says that power with, is a much better tool to use this correlates directly with two youth work principles
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