Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: A Strength-Based Perspective and Framework Introduction A. Meet Devondre B. Focusing on Problems versus Solutions C. Strengths of a Strength-Based Practice D. Helping Your Clients Identify Their Strengths E. Identifying Strengths with a Solution-Focus F. Twenty-Four Signature Strengths G. Assessments Used in Strength-Based Approaches H. The Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents I. The Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale–Second Edition J. Family History Questionnaire K. Family Protective Factor Worksheet L. Quick Check M. Treatment Goals and Objectives N. Putting This Into Practice O. Quick Check P. Case Study: Sally Q. Summary Section 3: Considerations when Using a Strength-Based Approach A. Understanding Developmental Levels B. Working with Children 6 to 8 Years Old C. Case Study: Jimmy D. Working with Children 8 to 11 Years Old E. Case Study: Coleen F. Working with Children 11 to 14 Years Old G. Empowering Caregivers With Youth 11 to 14 Years Old H. Intervention Example: 11 to 14 Years Old I. Working with Children 14 to 18 Years Old J. Intervention Example: 14 to 18 Years Old K. Quick Check L. Build Rapport and Trust M. Meet Them Where They Are N. Ask, “Who are You?” O. Focus on the Right Now P. Meet Jamal Q. Summary Section 4: Augmenting Your Strength-Based Approaches A. Communication Improvement B. Active Listening C. Communicating Feelings D. Understanding Personality in Communication E. Self-Regulation F. Mindfulness G. Foster Self-Awareness H. Biologically Enacting Change I. Strength-Based Approaches and These Chemicals J. Meet Brandon K. Strength-Based Approaches and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) L. A Note on Medication M. Case Study Example: Frank N. Strength-Based Approaches and Depression O. Therapeutic Board Games P. Solution Kits for Young Children Q. Case Study: Makayla R. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations
Robin Whisnant, MS has her Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling and specializes in working with children, youth, and their families. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified Trauma Specialist in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).. For eight years, Robin led a weekly support group for children and teens at a domestic violence shelter. In 2010, she started a child and adolescent program at a non-profit agency. She currently works with over 500 families a year with her therapy dog Meka. Robin is part of a national cohort of therapists who continually work together to gain more expertise and research data in working with families recovering from trauma. She works as a mental health consultant for Headstart programs in eight rural counties of Georgia. Disclosure: Robin Whisnant, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.