Therapist Work With Client Strengths: Development and Validation of a Measure Youth Development

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The authors set out to investigate and validate a new measure (IT-WAS) to assess the importance therapists place on incorporating strength-based approaches in their work. The article examines the methods used to develop and validate the scale and the results of a study comprising of therapists in private practice, graduate students and counseling center staff. The second study examined the measure's reliability.

Learning Objectives
  • Comprehend the development and purpose of the IT-WAS measure.
  • Identify the current ways therapists are incorporating client strengths into actual practice.
  • Explain how therapist theoretical orientation potentially affects incorporating client strengths in practice.
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  • James M. Harbin, PhD, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, S.C.
  • Charles J. Gelso, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Md.
  • Andrés E. Pérez Rojas, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Md.

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