Helping Clients Identify Their Strengths
Case managers who use the Strengths-Based approach to case management take extensive time to work with clients and assess their advantages and goals. Case managers act as coordinators of care, but also do much more. In this case management model, they work with clients to discover how they can leverage skills that they already possess to aid their recovery. For instance, if a client has a talent for a particular activity that requires a lot of mechanical skill, and the trauma they experienced requires them to relearn basic motor functions, the case manager can have the client rebuild bodily function by having the client relearn that skill. Or, if the client wants to return to work and has a specific skill set that will help them find a job, they can begin training for that job again, starting with basic tasks.
One major element that sets this model apart from others is the belief that case managers don’t always know exactly what’s best for the client. In some cases, coming alongside the client to help them discover how they can use what they already know helps the process of rehabilitation go much more smoothly. It also helps build a strong, positive foundation for a unique recovery plan.
Identifying a client’s strengths can include building upon past successes, assessing skills and turning them into advantages for recovery, and using community resources, support, and family ties to help a client achieve their recovery goals. After all, this is a plan based around the goals of the client and what they’re good at. Even though the work is facilitated by a case manager, this is an opportunity for the client to have a certain level of independence in their rehabilitation from day one.