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Isaac Prilleltensky & Ora Prilleltensky

In: Handbook for Working with Children and Youth: Pathways to Resilience across Cultures and Contexts

Chapter 6: Beyond Resilience: Blending Wellness and Liberation in the Helping Professions

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Beyond Resilience: Blending Wellness and Liberation in the Helping Professions
Beyond resilience: Blending wellness and liberation in the helping professions
IsaacPrilleltensky
OraPrilleltensky

Resilience typically implies the ability to cope with family and social adversity (Prilleltensky, Nelson, & Peirson, 2001). Although the adversity is deplored by helping professionals, they usually limit themselves to working with the family and consider the social problems to be beyond their scope. If all of us followed this reasoning, nobody in the helping professions would enact practices that challenge injustice. Instead, we would resign ourselves to deal with the victims of injustice, hoping to steel our clients before the next blow. But an increasing number of helpers are growing uncomfortable with the idea that all they can do is react to environmental assaults—they want ...

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