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This six week PREMIUM Strengths Approach to Practice course will help you build the skills to support others to identify, celebrate and mobilise their strengths. Why is this useful? When people are aware of their strengths and resources, they are much more likely to feel empowered to find solutions.
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.
This course is highly relevant for social workers, counsellors, managers, educators—in fact, anyone who works with others.
As a bonus, this PREMIUM Course includes the following:
All content across the following three courses:
- Strengths Approach to Practice
- Strengths Approach to Challenging Conversations
- Strengths Approach to Client-Centered Recording
- Four live webinars with Andrew Shirres (Practice Development Coach) and access to the recorded content for the remainder of the course, plus a further three months
- Booklet of activities for download
- Invitation to join our learning community and participate in conversations about the course and your practice (using Workplace)
- Opportunity to learn alongside others and share reflections
- Set period of study, with content released weekly over six weeks
- Certificate on completion
"This course is for anyone seeking to build respectful, inclusive, strengths-based, power-with ways of working with people. It captures the essence of the strengths approach drawing from years of experience in the field, including early work at St Luke's, Bendigo, Australia. It mirrors the practice frameworks articulated in the book 'The Strengths Approach' (second edition). It will equally be useful for anyone seeking to refresh their understanding of the strengths approach. I highly recommend this course!"
Wayne McCashen, Author: 'The Strengths Approach - Sharing power. Building hope. Creating change', St Luke's Innovative Resources, 2017
StartIntroduction to the strengths approach - video (1:47)
StartWhy take a strengths approach?
StartWhat are the origins of the strengths approach?
StartSt Luke's and the strengths approach (11:34)
StartWhat is the strengths approach and how does it work? (14:25)
StartWhat is a strength?
StartIntroduction to Module Two: Power-over and power-with - video (2:28)
StartWhy is it important to think about power?
StartWhat are some of the different types of power?
StartHidden rules of power (13:18)
StartWhat is 'power-over' and how does it affect us?
StartWhat is meant by 'power-with'?
StartThe importance of reflective practice in reducing power imbalances
StartHow can we work together to create the conditions for change? (25:23)
"This online course enabled me to explore the theories and concepts behind applying strength-based practices to my work with adequate practical exercises and examples to make the theoretical concept relatable. I found it invaluable and very easy to understand. The course work was interactive and applicable to anyone working with clients in a counselling or social work capacity.
In my role as a youth worker and mentor, focusing on communication and authentic connections, I loved the infinite respect and effectiveness of this approach and was able to apply the lessons instantly with an amazingly positive effect, and have received great feedback! The fact that this course is 100% online makes these important skills accessible to anyone. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough! “
- Ingrid Uema (Youth Worker)