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Strengths Approach to Practice

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 14

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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

Sue King-Smith has moved across from community development work within Anglicare Victoria’s St Luke’s, to develop a new e-learning platform for Innovative Resources. She holds a PhD in Creative Arts along with 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. Sue is also a published poet and nonfiction writer. For three years, she was the co-editor of the literary ezine, The Animist, which was archived under the National Library’s Pandora Project. She has just finished a stint as chief editor for the Melbourne Poets Union.

Andrew Shirres has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Social Work, a Diploma of Management and a Cert IV in Training and assessment. He is a highly experienced facilitator of ‘strengths-based practice’, delivering workshops across many community and social service sectors throughout Australia. Through his training and group facilitation work Andrew has developed a myriad of skills and experiences to share with new and seasoned practitioners. Andrew’s commitment and dedication to reflective practice have earned him great respect while working extensively in both service delivery and management for more than 10 years. He is a facilitator of ‘strengths approach’ learning and skills development for individuals, teams and organisations. Andrew is the practice development coach at St Luke’s Innovative Resources.

Learning method






AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers