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Susan Rudolph
Rocky Mountain Associates in Behavioral Health
Loveland, CO

Michael H. Epstein
University of Nebraska

This article may be cited as:  Rudolph, S.M., & Epstein, M.H. (2000). Empowering children and families through strength-based assessment. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 8(4), 207-209.




The purpose of this article is to provide a rationale for using a strength-based assessment approach in planning services for children. First, a definition of strength-based assessment, its advantages, and principles are provided. Then, a standardized measure, the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale (BERS), that assesses the emotional and behavioral strengths of children is described. Finally, a case study is presented to demonstrate the use of the BERS in assessing emotional and behavioral strengths and involving families, professionals, and natural supports in service planning.

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