Interviewing to Understand Strengths

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Michael R. Hass


Interviewing clients about their strengths is an important part of developing a complete understanding of their lives and has several advantages over simply focusing on problems and pathology. Prerequisites for skillfully interviewing for strengths include the communication skills that emerge from a stance of not knowing, developing a vocabulary of strengths that allows practitioners to identify and name them, and having a “ear for strengths.” Building on this, Saleebey (2008) offers a framework of eight types of questions that allow us to explore strengths in depth with clients.


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HASS, Michael R.. Interviewing to Understand Strengths. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 3, p. 315-321, jan. 2018. ISSN 1307-9298. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 may 2019.


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