Friday, March 22, 2013
This is to announce that a new three principles article (actually, a chapter) appears in the Sixth Edition of the book, The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, edited by Dennis Saleeby. Authored by Drs. Diane McMillen of Washburn University and Jack Pransky, chapter 13 is titled, "Exploring the True Nature of Internal Resilience: A View from the Inside-Out." This is a very well-respected and widely read book in the social work field and we are honored to be part of it and have the opportunity to spread the word about the power of the three principles, especially in a field that makes a huge difference in people's lives.
Here is an excerpt:
"...consider this: Might the outside-in, strengths-building approach also inadvertently carry with it the subtle message that people lack something that they need to gain from outside themselves? For example, if we assume people need life skills to make it in the world, are we also saying, subtly, that they presently lack something that we need to give them to succeed? Or, if a child grows up in an unhealthy environment, are we saying, subtly, that...
Friday, January 04, 2013
Does time heal all wounds... all painful memories? Sorry. No. The truth is that time doesn't have anything to do with 'healing'.
Consider two scenarios:
1) Jack and Beth couldn't stand the sight of each other after their acrimonious divorce 20 years ago. Now they are more than cordial, both feeling like they just shared a nightmare a long time ago.
2) Andy couldn't keep a job because he was haunted by painful wartime memories. Today -- ten years later -- his memories are not a problem and he is thriving in life.
Didn't time have something to do with their recoveries?
To understand the change in Jack, Beth and Andy would you study a calendar or clock -- or would you be interested in what happened within their minds? To do the former would suggest that insights are a function of time. Do you really buy that? For example, if a person realized at two o'clock that they need a solution to a problem and he or she got the needed insight at eight o'clock -- did time in any way contribute to that insight? Or did time simply elapse before the insight arrived?