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The strengths-base perspective is an approach to the process of practice rather than a theory. The primary goal of this practice concept is minimizing the weaknesses and maximizing the strengths of the client, whether the client is an individual, group or community. Client empowerment is a central theme to this approach.
You cannot empower a client by berating shortcomings or failures. Empowerment comes from three things: 1) valuing oneself, 2) having achievable goals, and 3) creating a plan to reach these goals that has the potential to be successful.
Critics of the strengths perspective suggest this is simply reframing problems in a better light. If this means being optimistic instead of pessimistic, so be it. No one has ever succeeded while being convinced they will fail.