Assessing Strengths, Resilience, and Growth to Guide Clinical Interventions

January 1, 2005
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

This article emphasizes the need for a shift away from the traditional deficit-focused approach to mental health. The authors discuss the growing interest in strengths, resilience, and growth in the field of mental health.

A life narrative that includes the aftermath of trauma as having value, not merely despite the trauma but because of it, has a more emotionally powerful positive quality.
Dr. Tedeschi and Dr. Kilmer

Recently, the field of mental health has incorporated a growing interest in strengths, resilience, and growth, psychological phenomena that may be associated with healthy adjustment trajectories and profitably integrated into strategies for clinical assessment and practice. This movement constitutes a significant shift from traditional deficit-oriented approaches.

Addressing clinical practitioners, this article (a) provides a broad overview of these constructs and phenomena, (b) discusses their relevance for clinical assessment and intervention, and (c) describes selected strategies and approaches for conducting assessments that can guide intervention.

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