The thing that stood out, in this week’s content is the “Strengths or Resiliency Perspective”. For some time now, I have been working with homeless Veterans, it is wrong to think that homelessness is a permanent condition, I have come to learned of homeless veterans who emanated from homelessness to owning a house.
The strength and resilience perspective recognizes that people have an inherent capacity to grow and change, and therefore utilizing the strength and resilience base approach emphasizes the resourcefulness and resilience that exists in everyone rather than dwelling on what has gone wrong or placed a person at risk. It affirms that everyone has a range of abilities and strengths, which with right support can be mobilized to give them a better …show more content…
Reflection. A client that I have been working with, who was homeless, recently got a job and with some assistance got an apartment (1BR). Though he was very grateful and keeps thanking me for the assistance however, when I reflect on it and as often “ I told him you did all by your self” . From my point of view, I recognized that each of us has a combination of risk factors and protective factors which shape our development. Some of them are within our control and some beyond, however much attention has been given to the risk factors that have led to the predicaments of others like homelessness. But if we just focus on the protective factor, their strength and resilience, they will better do better.
3. Culturally grounded social work:
Honor client narrative, validate their experience: As culturally grounded social worker it is very important to honor clients stories, show empathy after they express themselves and mirror their feelings “ it sounds like you feel unhappy about that decision you made”. They are more likely to acknowledge it, and that is the beginning of change. No body is hopeless, everyone is endowed with innate