Using the Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, First Edition Morley D. Glicken Professor Emeritus, California State University, San Bernardino and Executive Director, The Institute for Positive Growth: A Research, Treatment, and Training Cooperative, La Jolla, California This research-oriented text explains the concepts behind the strengths perspective and demonstrates how to apply the strengths perspective in practice through case studies and discussion. Complex client problems discussed in the book include abuse, domestic violence, mental illness and addictions, with information on natural healing in addicted clients and self-management of mental illness. Dr. Glicken also explores the importance of spirituality and religious involvement, a positive view of change in clients with mental illness, the effectiveness of self-help groups, and resilience in children and adults who have experienced life traumas. Understanding the Strengths Perspective includes the works of Martin Seligman on learned optimism, Robert Putnam on community life in America, and Dennis Saleebey on the strengths perspective in social work. Highlights of the book include the critical response section at the end of each chapter, which allows clinicians and students to critically respond to the ideas presented, providing an evidence-based approach to the text material; case studies in every chapter, which demonstrate how to apply the strengths perspective in practice situations; and an Introduction, Summary, and Integrative Questions in each chapter, which help readers integrate the information presented within the chapters What instructors think of this book: The case studies and discussion are super and breathe life into the process...I think students enjoy this opportunity to see the theory highlighted in action. -David Worster, University of New Hampshire Understanding the Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice is an important contribution to the strengths based literature. -Dr. Robert Blundo, University of North Carolina at Wilmington Special Value Pack Option: You can order this text packaged with a FREE Research Navigator( for The Helping Professions guide, which features a free password for access to an array of online sources. This new Pearson Learning product helps students and instructors find credible and reliable material for research assignments and papers. Use the special order code please include value pack code here! when you order this text!Glicken, Morley D. is the author of 'Using the Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice A Positive Approach for the Helping Professions', published 2003 under ISBN 9780205335121 and ISBN 0205335128.