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Tools for Strengths-Based Assessment and Evaluation

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Tools for Strengths-Based Assessment and Evaluation

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Author: Catherine Simmons PhD


  • Peter Lehmann PhD, LCSW

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"Catherine Simmons, PhD, LCSW

"Drs. Simmons and Lehmann have given all of us in the helping professionsópractitioners and researchers alikeóa comprehensive resource for finding and selecting psychometrically sound, practical, strengths-based measures that we can use not only to 'look at the results' but to do so in a way that we 'measure others by their strengths.' We look forward to seeing this invaluable resourceÖon every social worker's desk in the coming years."

-John G. Orme, PhD, MSW
Professor, University of Tennessee
-Terri Combs-Orme, PhD
The Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor

Traditionally, assessment and evaluation have focused on the negative aspects or deficits of a client's presentation. Yet strengths, health, and those things that are going "right" in a person's life are key protective factors in the prevention and treatment of many mental health problems. Thus, measuring strengths is an important component of a balanced assessment and evaluation process. This is the first compendium of more than 150 valid and reliable strengths-based assessment tools that clinicians, researchers, educators, and program evaluators can use to assess a wide array of positive attributes, including well-being, mindfulness, optimism, resilience, humor, aspirations, values, sources of support, emotional intelligence, and much more. These tools provide a clear picture of an individual's strengths while being easy to complete, score, and interpret.

The scales and instruments included are consistently formatted, organized according to construct measures, and include tools for working with adults, couples, families, children, and special populations. They represent a wide range of theoretical approaches and were written by a diverse array of professionals, including social workers, psychologists, nurses, physicians, and sociologists.

Partial List of Instruments:

  • Assessing Emotions Scale
  • Affective Balance Scale
  • Flourishing Scale
  • Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire
  • Positive States of Mind Scale
  • Measure of Expectations for Partner
  • Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale
  • Parenting Sense of Competence Scale
  • Personal Well-being Index
  • Proactive Coping Inventory
  • Psychological Empowerment Scale
  • Stress-Related Growth Scale
  • Social Well-being Scales
  • Wellness Beliefs Scale

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 08, 2012
  • Page Count 560
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826107657
  • EISBN 9780826107626

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1: Strengths and Psychotherapy

Chapter 2: Incorporating Strengths Into Assessment and Evaluation: Striking A Balance Between What is Right and What is Wrong

Chapter 3: Selecting "Tools" for Clinical Practice

Chapter 4: Happiness and Subjective Wellbeing

Chapter 5: Health, Wellness and HRQoL

Chapter 6: Mindfulness, Acceptance and Situational Affect

Chapter 7: Hope, Optimism, and Humor

Chapter 8: Resilience, Coping, and Posttraumatic Growth

Chapter 9: Aspirations, Goals, Values and Competence

Chapter 10: Social Support, Social Relationships and Emotional Intelligence

Chapter 11: Empowerment

Chapter 12: Self-Efficacy

Chapter 13: Couples

Chapter 14: Families

Chapter 15: Children and Adolescents

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