More than a Disease: Positive Psychology Relevance to Social Work Practice with Gay Men of Colour
School of Social Work at York University, Toronto, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Sulaimon Giwa
School of Social Work at York University 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada, M3J 1P3
Received date February 06, 2015; Accepted date June 11, 2015; Published date June 15, 2015
Citation:Giwa S (2015) More than a Disease: Positive Psychology Relevance to Social Work Practice with Gay Men of Colour. Int J Sch Cog Psychol 2:129. doi:10.4172/2469-9837.1000129
Copyright: © 2015 Giwa S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The early focus of traditional psychology was on the treatment of disease. With the introduction of positive psychology, the scope of professional practice expanded to include previously neglected areas of strength, optimism, and subjective well-being. The strengths-based approach used in social work shares similar concerns and ethical underpinnings to those of positive psychology. Yet, when it comes to gay men of colour, the field has been slow and uneven in its focus. By continuing to ignore the sources of strength that give rise to resilience among gay men of colour, social work runs the risk of remaining stagnant and nonresponsive to the needs of this population. Positive psychology relevance to social work lies in its reminder about the importance of a more holistic view of the human condition.