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The application of strength-based assessments and interventions with children and adolescents experiencing mental health difficulties

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Source
Pages 461-463 in S. Chatwood, P. Orr and Tiina Ikaheimo, eds. Proceedings of the 14th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Yellowknife, Canada, July 11-16, 2009. Securing the IPY Legacy: from Research to Action. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2010; 69 (Suppl 7).
Publication Type
Conference/Meeting Material
Article
Date
2010
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Author
Edward Rawana
Keith Brownlee
Julie Harper
Author Affiliation
Director of Research, Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Lakehead University, Canada
Psychological Consultant, Lakehead Public Schools
Professor, School of Social Work, Lakehead University
Master's Student, Department of Psychology, Lakehead University
Source
Pages 461-463 in S. Chatwood, P. Orr and Tiina Ikaheimo, eds. Proceedings of the 14th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Yellowknife, Canada, July 11-16, 2009. Securing the IPY Legacy: from Research to Action. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2010; 69 (Suppl 7).
Date
2010
Language
English
Geographic Location
Canada
Publication Type
Conference/Meeting Material
Article
Digital File Format
Text - PDF
Physical Holding
University of Alaska Anchorage
Keywords
adolescents
Children
Mental health
Arctic
Families
First Nations
Psychological development
Abstract
Positive psychology and the strengths perspective have gained considerable momentum over the past decade. Research has operationalized the strengths construct in a variety of manners, with most utilizing a resiliency perspective. This paper conceptualizes strengths in a more holistic and dynamic manner with specific emphasis on youth domains of functioning. This strength perspective in conjunction with the Strength Assessment Inventory (SAi) uses the assessment of youth's strengths across 10 psychosocial domains as a means of planning treatment where individual strengths help meet personal goals. The necessity of establishing a new branch of psychiatry called postpsychiatry, with its arsenal of extended language, personally oriented assessments and psychodynamic therapies, is discussed.
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