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Strengths Approach to Practice

Event Details
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 14


Organiser: St Lukes Innovative Resources

When people access their strengths, they feel empowered to find solutions.
In this comprehensive and foundational course, you will: - discover the origins and principles of the strengths approach - learn what strengths are and how to help people identify and mobilise them - take away strategies and tools you can use immediately - explore power-over/power-with, the column tool, reframing, scaling, reflective practice, solution-oriented conversation techniques and more - engage at your own pace with written material, exercises, videos and other visual elements arranged in four easy-to-follow modules - expand your professional skills and transform the way you work.

Learning objectives

In this comprehensive introduction to the strengths approach, you will learn a range of immediately applicable strategies that you can use in your work and personal life. Through a series of videos, reflective exercises, written and visual content, you will explore questions like:

  • How can I reduce power imbalances and increase empowerment?
  • How can I frame conversations so that they are solution-oriented rather than problem-oriented?
  • How can I ask great questions to create the conditions for change?

We also explore a range of tools you can use to guide conversations with people who are experiencing complex challenges. These tools have been developed to help guide your interactions with people, to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Presenter details

The content for this course was developed by Sue King-Smith and Andrew Shirres.
Sue has 20 years experience working in the community services and adult education sectors. She holds a PhD in Creativity/Social Justice, has degrees and diplomas in the humanities, teaching and management, and is an accredited life coach. Her community services work and teaching is informed by strengths-based and solution-focused approaches, and she has a long-standing interest in transpersonal psychology.

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