Year: 1991 Source: The Psychiatric Hospital, v.22, no.1, (Winter 1991), p.11-15 SIEC No: 19910730

An approach is presented for using strengths to assist hospital treatment planning. Behavioural correlates of nonsymptomatic “coping moments” are uncovered by strength-focused interviewing. These coping-related behaviours then become treatment goals that emphasize the presence of adaptive coping rather than the absence of maladaptive symptoms. The cases of a 28-yr-old suicidal woman & a middle-aged depressed women are detailed. (10 refs.)