School Psychology Forum

The Use and Importance of Strength-Based Assessment

Amanda B. Nickerson

Volume 2 Issue 1,

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Abstract: Strength-based assessment is the measurement of internal and external emotional and behavioral competencies that enhance one’s ability to develop relationships, deal with stress, and promote optimal development. An overview of strength-based assessment and the arguments supporting its use are provided. Potential barriers to the routine use of strength-based assessment, such as lack of appropriate, standardized measures, bureaucratic and role constraints, and the absence of evidence suggesting that adding strength-based assessment lead to better outcomes, are reviewed. Possible solutions to overcoming these barriers, based on theory and extensions from related research, are provided. The article concludes with suggestions for and limits to how school psychologists can use strength-based assessment at universal and individual levels in assessment, treatment, and program planning.