From Chapter 3 we are given a Table (3.1) that lists and defines key concepts in the strengths perspective. For each person, these key concepts will apply to us personally in different aspects and experiences in our own lives. I wanted to provide a brief summary of each of the key concepts as they have been defined in our textbook and then go on to explain how they apply to me personally.
Strengths are unique to each individual and are found both internally within each person and externally by the resources around us.
Resilience is our ability to continue or improve functioning.
Hope refers to a positive outlook on a situation. Culture is in regards to beliefs and traditions of a group of people whereas cultural identity is how people belong to specific groups. Finally, collaboration is the nature of relationships and more specifically, how there is a balance of power and equal contribution from both parties. (Langer & Leitz, 2014, p.61-63)
Some strengths that I feel I have are my ability to naturally work well and connect easily with children. I believe that this is why God has called me to social work, to specifically use my strengths in this area to help and be a voice for children who need it. Additionally, I am very grateful and lucky to say that another example of strengths in my own life would be my family as a support system. I have been blessed with a father, sister, and aunt who support me in everything I do and are always there when I need them. In my early childhood and adolescent years, life was not easy for me, I would even go further to say my early adult life also gave me more than my fair share of trauma. Even so, an example of resilience for me is that despite all that I have been through in life, through God I have overcome all of this and feel I am finally moving in my purpose in life. Moreover, this resilience has given me hope for my future, and hope that despite what I have been through there is more goodness in store for my life. I am Korean and Mexican, and feel that my culture is a large part of how my mother chose to raise me and influences a lot of my life in regards to how I approach certain situations. For example, Korean culture is mostly what I grew up under, and a large majority of Korean traditions, beliefs, and values are old fashioned. (i.e. the woman submits to and obeys the husband, the husband is the provider and head of the household) These beliefs are always in the back of my mind as I go through life because these are the values my mother raised me on. So my Korean culture I would say is a large part of my cultural identity. As stated previously, my culture is a large part of how I function in life and who I am. When I think about collaboration, I think about this in terms of my own relationships with others and how this will apply to my relationships in the social work field. Collaboration in my personal relationships can be seen in my partnership with my boyfriend. I have always believed that a relationship only works when both parties are putting in equal effort and contributing to the relationship. I think in a similar way, a social workers relationship with their clients is the same. If the social worker is taking control and not allowing the client to contribute to their treatment, the relationship will be one sided and the client may be less inclined to participate in the treatment and relationship. “The integration of this professional education and experience with clients’ unique perspective and personal knowledge prompts open, productive dialogue.” (Langer, et al, 2014, p. 63-64) A social worker can only know so much about a clients situation, in collaborating with the client, the social worker and the client can both contribute to giving a fuller and more solid solution to the clients presenting problem.
What are your thoughts on what I’ve shared class?
Langer, C. L., & Lietz, C. (2014). Applying theory to generalist social work practice. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.