The Strengths Model: Birth to Toddlerhood

  • Charles A. Rapp University of Kansas
  • W. Patrick Sullivan Indiana University School of Social Work
Keywords: Strengths model, strengths perspective, case management, strengths model fidelity, strengths model and social work


The Strengths Model/Perspective was developed by social workers and the profession continues to be the leader in its practice, research and refinement. This article traces the three decades of evolution of this approach and the continuing expansion of its use around the world. Cautionary notes are provided and an agenda for future development is proposed.

Author Biographies

Charles A. Rapp, University of Kansas
Ph.D., Research Professor School of Social Welfare
W. Patrick Sullivan, Indiana University School of Social Work
Ph.D., Professor School of Social Work