This concise practice-oriented manual effectively shows how psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, supervisors, and counselors can quickly identify and put to therapeutic use an individual’s own talents and resources. From the reviews:
Written in an easy and relaxed style using everyday language, this manual illustrates how to actively take a person’s resources into consideration during therapy and counseling sessions, and how to integrate them into existing intervention concepts.
The first part illustrates approaches that can be used to focus attention on assessment and dialog, and that shed light on a person’s individual resources from various angles. These therapeutic approaches can be used in the framework of existing manuals and guidelines to focus on how to “do things.”
The second part illustrates procedures offering a framework for further applying the different perspectives and provides sample worksheets for practical use.
"This book focuses on how to activate the clients’ strengths and resources during psychotherapy sessions, cutting across a diverse theoretical framework of psychotherapy. It provides a simple yet practical manual for the psychotherapists and counsellors to assess the client’s ability in order to facilitate therapeutic change. [...] a handy resource for psychotherapists or counsellors from different schools of thoughts, [...]."
Calvin Pak-Wing Cheng, MBBS, Tai Po Hospital, China, in East Asian Arch Psychiatry, Vol. 21, 2011
"The authors [...] impart to readers their views about how clients' resources can be harnessed to catalyze the process of psychotherapy. [...]
Overall, I would recommend this book to someone who wants to get the 'feel' for strengh-based therapies."
Debbie Quackenbush, PhD in the Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Vol. 74, No. 4, Fall 2010“Little things can make a big difference – for instance, by making change possible where before no change could be seen. This practical little book looks very precisely at therapeutic micro-interventions and shows how to integrate a patient’s strengths into clinical practice on a day-by-day basis to make change possible. Some ideas cross a threshold and then take off and get spread everywhere – I hope this will happen to the ideas presented here. Practical and very efficacious!”
Wolfgang Lutz, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Trier, Germany “Resource Activation heralds the emergence of a new vista for psychotherapists. It provides a detailed roadmap for systemically assessing and utilizing clients’ talents, skills, and resources to facilitate therapeutic change. It gives very specific therapeutic guidelines and also lays the foundation for research on this historically neglected area. This book and this work should be read and utilized by individual, couple, and family therapists to realistically enhance their clients’ sense of self and relationship efficacy.”
William M. Pinsof, PhD, President, The Family Institute, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA