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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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Integration of Models

Integration of Models

(p.58) 4 Integration of Models
Building Strengths and Skills


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This chapter highlights some of the similarities and differences between the three therapeutic models that comprise the strengths- and skills-building approach — solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapy — in terms of the models' stance toward strengths and behavioral change, the client's relationship to the change process, the time needed to enact change, the degree of structure and direction required, and the system level at which change is targeted. As much as possible, client strengths, resources, and motivation are identified, reinforced, and amplified. Cognitive-behavioral skill-building is used to bolster areas where the client has knowledge or skill gaps that seem to interfere with the attainment of their goals. The aim throughout is a collaborative process in which the individual, not the practitioner, is seen as the ultimate expert on his or her life.

Keywords:   solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral change, change process, client strengths, client resources

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