Purpose: The field of psychiatry has conventionally employed a medical model in which mental health disorders are diagnosed and treated. However, evidence is amassing that using a strengths-based approach that promotes wellness by engaging the patient’s assets and interests, may work in synergy with the medical model to promote recovery. This harmonizes with the patient-centered care model that has been promoted by the Institute of Medicine.
Methods: The article uses a clinical case to highlight attributes of a strength-based model in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents.
Results: Outcome metrics from a number of studies have demonstrated enhanced youth and parent satisfaction and decreased use of hospital level of care with the implementation of strengths-based therapeutic modalities.
Implications: Incorporating strengths-based interventions into conventional psychiatric practice provides a multi-faceted treatment approach that promotes recovery in children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.