I'm currently helping out at my agency, Nueva Esperanza Community Counseling Services, with a working group redesigning out treatment plan that we use with our client. It's been a good process and I think something important to consider. In participating in this process, I have been thinking about how we develop strengths. I decided that since I was thinking about strengths perspective, I should put up some information in my resources section.
I also recently finished reading a copy of Tom Roth's Strengths Finder 2.0 (make sure to check out all of my other book reviews). I'd recommend the book, but I will acknowledge that it takes some homework time to really gain any significance from it.
To really get the most out of Strengths Finder 2.0, you must purchase a new copy of the book (or a book that has an unused access code for their website). The book really is only supplemental, and I felt like it was almost like a sales pitch for their web program to examine individuals strengths. The majority of the learning I accomplished seemed to come from using their Clifton Strengths Finder. This is basically an assessment that attempts to help you discover what strengths and assets you have have though choosing answers on a web based form.
I did find the results to be valuable, and informative. I also really appreciated hearing about a strengths perspective from a different source (i.e. not just about mental health, but seeing the value in the business / personal life). It's been an interesting couple of months reading (don't worry, it didn't take me a couple of months to finish this book, as it's quite small). I've also been reading Plato's The Republic. While I haven't finished, I hope to within the next couple of weeks, so you can look forward to a review of that book too. But to give you a small look forward, I've been amazed how many theories and modern ideas are espoused in Plato's work, including strengths perspective.