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Building Strengths and SkillsA Collaborative Approach to Working with Clients$
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Jacqueline Corcoran

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154306.001.0001

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Enhancing Motivation, Strengths, and Skills of Parents in the Child Welfare System

Enhancing Motivation, Strengths, and Skills of Parents in the Child Welfare System

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Building Strengths and Skills




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This chapter describes the use of the strengths- and skill-building model in child welfare settings. This model allows child welfare workers and other helping professionals involved with child welfare clients to draw on different types of interventions, depending on the goal of the interview and the needs of the client. Motivational interviewing engages involuntary clients by tapping into their internal motivation to change. Solution-focused techniques highlight clients' strengths and resources, helping them envision their preferred future and determine their goals. Cognitive behavioral work focuses on clients identifying high-risk situations and practicing skills that may be used to cope with these various situations. In this way, workers can build collaborative relationships, relying on the capacities parents bring, as well as enhancing their skills so that child safety is protected.

Keywords:   child protective services, child maltreatment, collaboration, strengths, child safety

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