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The strength perspective promotes an ecological system approach where importance is laid on totality. The approach also spotlights client’s know-how on appraisal and intervention. The advantage of this perspective hinges on its ability to decipher and expand client’s strengths. Similarly, it assembles resources for clients to resolve their problems and accomplish their needs (Ross & Heath, 2002). Strengths perspective derives from the idea that client groups have immense resources of energy in their own lives. This approach is a radical shift from viewing clients as mere pathology units. This approach empowers and liberates the clients, as opposed to disease orientation, which disable.
The principles of the ecological approach encompass recognition that every environment is resourceful, and every group and community has its own strengths. Disease orientation on self-cutting behaviour views the clients as problematic and pathological. This approach regards medication as the only alternative in treatment and intervention (YIP, 2006). Clients are regarded as emotionally unstable and experiencing problems within interpersonal relationships. Its diagnosis of clients with self-harm behaviour is mainly borderline personality disorder. Hence, it becomes difficult for social workers to intervene since they conclude it is mental illness that requires psychiatrist intervention.
Medications to stabilize emotional fluctuations play a crucial role in the treatment of this behaviour. The label mental patient with borderline personality is despising. Most clients enhance their mutilation out of frustration and anger of being labelled seriously sick and problematic. Strengths perspective holds that, social workers should concentrate on the unsettled feelings,