Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Positive Interventions for Difficult Cases

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Positive Interventions for Difficult Cases

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Positive Interventions for Difficult Cases A STRENGTHSBASED APPROACH FOR INTERVENTION WITH AT-RISK YOUTH By K. Powell Research Press, 2015

This book is divided into two parts. The first part is devoted to explaining the rationale and purpose of developing a strength-based approach to intervention. Often in school psychology, we are looking for the deficit or label in order to provide services and interventions. It was refreshing to see a strong argument for the strength-based viewpoint. Through research and case studies, Powell makes the argument for the importance of this approach. While this section tended to be a review, it was good to bring this information together, and the use of case studies nicely brought the concepts to life.

The second half of the book focused on strengths-based interventions (41 to be exact). These 41 interventions are organized into six broad categories: relationship development, optimistic attitude development, asset development, prosocial development, intellectual development, and provider development. Just like going through a buffet line, there are my old favorites (e.g., relationship building exercises), ones that I try to avoid (e.g., learning styles), and ones that tempt me and look very interesting to try (e.g., mountain path analogy for neuroplasticity and developing habits, values/life card game). I also found the liberal case examples to be helpful to see the different strategies come to life. While many of the cases were hospital or treatment based for significant mental health issues, they were developed with enough detail that I began to think of situations that I could use the strategies for in the school setting. …

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