Strength-Based Perspective in Working with Clients with Mental Illness: A Chinese Cultural Articulation


Kam-shing Yip
Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Series: Mental Illnesses and Treatments
BISAC: PSY018000

This book offers to serve as a guide for professionals in understanding and applying a strengths based perspective for Chinese clients with mental illness and to discuss the Chinese articulatiion of concepts and practice of these perspective within Chinese culture.

Ever since the emergence of medical model in explanation of mental illness, the disease model or deficit/ problem orientation became the dominant paradigm in perceiving, treating and rehabilitating persons with mental illness . The terms `mentally ill’, `mental patient’ serve as labels for both professionals, family caregivers and members of community to describe the burden, the needs of care and treatment for persons with mental illness. These labels also justify the establishment and implementation mental health services. Under the influences of the disease model, persons with mental illness are regarded as subjects for academic research, patients for treatment, clients for intervention, and objects for stigmatization and labeling. As a consequence, persons with mental illness are deprived of their own justification and manifestation of talents, motives, abilities, potentials, and capacities to recovery and live an independent live. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


PART ONE – Theoretical Underpinning of Strengths Perspective

Chapter 1 – The Strengths Perspective: Dilemmas and Controversies; pp. 1-19
(Kam-shing YIP, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ., Hong Kong)

Chapter 2 – Searching the Chinese Cultural Roots of the Strengths Perspective; pp. 21-36
(Kam-shing YIP)

Chapter 3 – Strengths Perspectives with Persons with Mental Illness: Challenges and Opportunities; pp. 37-70
(Kam-shing YIP)

PART TWO – Working with Children, Adolescents and their Families

Chapter 4 – A Strengths Perspective in Working with A Chinese Child with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Holistic and Normalized Articulation; pp. 73-81
(Sin-yee KWOK)

Chapter 5 – A Strengths Perspective in Working with A Chinese Women with Paranoid Schizophrenia and Low Intelligence in Fulfilling Her Mother’s Role;’ pp. 83-94
(Gladys Yuk-kuen LEE)

Chapter 6 – A Strengths Based Perspective in Understanding and Intervention with A Chinese Adolescent with Internet Addiction;
pp. 95-107
(Kam-shing YIP)

Chapter 7 – Employing the Strength Perspective in Working with Adolescent Depression.; pp. 109-116

Chapter 8 – School Social Work With Adolescent with Mental Problems: A Strengths Based Reflection; pp. 117-125
(Rosetta Mei-Kwan WONG)

PART THREE – Working With Adults: An Articulation of Subjective Experiences

Chapter 9 – The Subjective Experience of Depression: A Struggle for Humanity and Perfection; pp. 129-143
(Kam-shing YIP)

Chapter 10 – The Importance of Subjective Psychotic Experiences in Professional Practice with Clients with Schizophrenia; pp. 145-155 (Kam-shing YIP)

Chapter 11 – An Incredible Marriage for a Person with Schizophrenia: Insights from a Strengths Perspective; pp. 157-167
(Estella, Y.K. Chan)

PART FOUR – Working with Adults in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Chapter 12 – A Strengths Orientation in Using Dreamwork in Psychotherapy with a Chinese Female Client with Stress and Anxiety; pp. 171-182 (Kam-shing YIP)

Chapter 13 – Alternate Mental Health Project – The Use of Narrative Approach in Working with People with Mental Illness; pp. 183-196 (Siu-wai Lit)

Chapter 14 – The Strengths Perspective in Working with a Chinese Female to Overcome Depression due to Divorce with her Husband;
pp. 197-204
(Florence Sze-wan Ng)

Chapter 15 – Enhancing Self-Efficacy in a Strengths Perspective: Working with a Homeless Chinese Adult with Substance Abuse Problems; pp. 205-219
(Yau Chui Wah)

PART FIVE – Working with Adults in Residential Care and Sheltered Workshop

Chapter 16 – A Strengths Perspective in Working with Chinese Women with Schizophrenia in a Half way House; pp. 223-233
(May-lan Kou)

Chapter 17 – The Strengths Perspective in Working with a Client with Mental Disability and Depression in a Sheltered Workshop: A Social Worker’s Reflection; pp. 235-242
(Sau-ling Tam)

Chapter 18 – Humanization of a Community Institution in Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Challenges for Mental Health Professionals;
pp. 243-253
(Stephen Wong & Kam-shing YIP)

PART SIX – Working with Adults: A Strengths Based Articulation of Gender Differences and Spirituality

Chapter 19 – Gender Difference in Substance Abuse: Implications to Strengths Based Intervention; pp. 257-276
(Kam-shing YIP, Yee-Ha Chung)

Chapter 20 – Spiritual Strengths: The Use of Prayers in Helping a Christian in Copying with Depression; pp. 277-288
(Kam-shing YIP)

Chapter 21 – Spiritual Support Group for Persons with Substance Abuse: A Strengths Perspective; pp. 289-300
(Benson Kowk-lai Chan)

PART SEVEN – Working with Elderly

Chapter 22 – Natural Locality Based Networking for Disabled Singleton Elderly in Hong Kong: An Articulation of Strengths within Chinese Culture; pp. 303-317
(Kam-shing YIP, Sung-on Law)

Chapter 23 – Taoistic Transcendence from the Post-traumatic Stress after the Sept 11 Terrorist Attacks; pp. 319-333
(Kam-shing YIP)

Chapter 24 – A Strengths Perspective in working and Elderly with Hypochrondiasis and Depression; pp. 335-346
(Wing-yee YIP)

Concluding Remarks – Drawing the Success from the Strengths Perspective: A Chinese Cultural Articulation; pp. 347-361
(Kam-shing YIP)


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