PREMIUM Strengths Approach to Practice Course Bundle

Premium Foundation Course - Learning how to create meaningful change (LIMITED TIME)

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LIMITED TIME - Starts Monday 17th June

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:


  • 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

Your Instructor

Andrew Shirres
Andrew Shirres
Andrew 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.

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"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)

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on Monday 17th June, 2019 and ends 30th July, 2019. You will also continue to have access to the material for a further three months! The course can be taken as a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and how long you take to finish each module, OR you can work through each module as it becomes available and be prepared for the live webinars through the 6 week period.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does three month's access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for three months after the scheduled course completion date of 30th July, 2019 - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Please let us know how the course could be improved. Your feedback is important to us!
Will I receive a certificate?
On successful completion and validation of all elements of the course, a certificate will be issued.
How do I receive a Tax Invoice?
Please forward your receipt email, along with your name and address to [email protected], and we will email you a copy for your records.
What it I can't make the scheduled webinar times?
The webinar content will be made available to all enrolled within the following 48 hours.