10 Essentials Social Workers Must Know About Hope

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Good article. I learned about hope in social work while working for hospice. You can not take people's hope. Ever.

Joanne v Ivins more than 2 years ago


I've actually always thought of optimism as an active word, because it includes the verb "to optimise..." whereas pessimism has no verb, is passive...?

Sandy Loyall more than 3 years ago

Hope and social work

I enjoyed your article, but not sure how you could have missed citing a very important article on hope. The following is a favorite article from my MSW program, which I use in teaching my human services students, that I hope you can add to your article: Smaldino, A. (1975, June). The importance of hope in the casework relationship. Social Casework, 328-331. This is definitely something worthy to check out. Thank you for your time and consideration. Best wishes, Rose

Rose Gleicher more than 6 years ago

Hope Article

Dear Rose, I recently was going through past articles and saw that I had never responded to your suggestion. I did track down the Smaldino article and agree that it is outstanding.Thank you for alerting me to it. I will include it in my hope writings in the future. Betsy Clark

Betsy Clark more than 3 years ago

Hope and Strength-Based Intervention

Hi Dr. Clark,

I really enjoyed reading this post. It made me think that social work's emphasis on strength based macro and micro interventions shifts individuals and communities from hopelessness to hope. Something like solution focused therapy comes to mind. When you believe the solution is already in the client, hope is abundant. When the solution is outside the client, there is a chance he or she may not obtain that solution because those external forces are outside their control. This brings in a flood of hope in my mind. My good friend does Multi-Systemic Therapy and they generally use a mixture of SFBT, Motivational Interviewing, and CBT, all strengths based, and evidence is showing this intervention is working; hope is working. Thank you for this post and your stimulating thoughts. I work for inSocialWork®, the podcast series at the University at Buffalo. There is a podcast on Multi-Systemic Therapy at http://www.insocialwork.org/episode.asp?ep=201. Perhaps if you are interested in the therapy, give it a listen! It is a great episode and we would love to hear your and other listener's thoughts!


Caitlin Beck more than 6 years ago

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