abilities to make positive use of extratherapeutic factors such as support systems, community
resources, and educational programs.
Thus, treatment systems and strategies are important
for not only their direct impact on symptoms and problems, but their indirect impact on
the development of client attitudes and behaviors associated with successful treatment.
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A useful concept of mental health is this Holistic Model for Optimal Health and
Functioning, based on Adlerian principles:
Spirituality: Values, beliefs, ethics, sense of purpose and direction, optimism, inner peace
Self-regulation: Sense of worth, mastery over one’s own life, spontaneity and emotional
responsiveness, sense of humor and creativity, awareness of reality, physical fitness and health
Psychological, social and economic benefits of paid work, volunteer work, child rearing,
Positive interpersonal relationship and social support, activities, interactions
Intimate, trusting, sharing, cooperative, long-term relationships.