Strength Based Approaches With Children, Young People And Families

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Strength Based Approaches with children, young people and families.

Elzia Kabengele
Student ID: B1042280
Word Count: 1650

This paper reflects on knowledge gained through direct observation during the first part of the Strength Based Approaches Module. The ability to reflect is widely agreed to improve performance, manifested through analysing on strengths and the development of competence (Gibbs, 1988). Throughout this log, there will be a demonstration of how this approach has enabled me to work effectively with young people and families in order to help them overcome a whole range of difficulties by assisting them identify their achievements as well as strengths.

Traditionally, my knowledge of child development and ways of working with clients has always been influenced by psychiatric and psychological knowledge. Though this can be useful, it can also be problem-based as it categorises the clients and their needs (Milner and Bateman 2011).

Having had a problem-based approach, this made it challenging and difficult for me in the first two sessions. However, having carefully observed, as a result of this I have started to gain interest in the solution focused approaches due to its brief nature and how much it focuses on solutions rather than the actual problem.
In session three, this week I was able to notice the importance of this approach as we were put in groups of three, me being the interviewer and the other two being the interviewee and a consultant. This did

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