Appreciative Approach in Social Work. Exceeding the Limits Constructed by Deficiency Paradigm

Appreciative Approach in Social Work. Exceeding the Limits Constructed by Deficiency Paradigm

Associate Professor Ph.D. Stefan COJOCARU

Abstract

Appreciative perspective applied in social work changes the modalities by witch the intervention is built, explained and managed. However, research shows that the results are significantly more relevant within appreciative intervention paradigm, involving the beneficiary’s own change management. Appreciative approach involves identifying the strengths together and valuing the positive experiences, a redefinition of the situation and a change of the language. Our presentation focuses on the identification and differentiation of the appreciative approach from the problem focused approach in the case management strategy.

Keywords: case management; appreciative approach; problem-focused approach; positive experiences; deficiency paradigm.

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