I teach a number of online courses (or subjects) at the University of Newcastle about working with communities and families in the Graduate Certificate of Family Studies and the Master of Family Studies. At the heart of my teaching is strengths-based practice and the above is an introductory lecture introducing students to some of the ideas we will explore over the semester.
In it I suggest 8 principles underpinning strengths-based practice:
- Recognise that individuals, families and communities have many strengths and the capacity to learn, grow and change
- Focus on strengths and aspirations
- Look for, and build on, the many resources that can be found in a wide range of social environments
- Take care with the language you use because it changes how we see people, situations and possibilities
- Collaborate and support self-determination
- Work in ways that promote empowerment
- See problems and challenges as the result of interactions between people rather than within people
- Keep a commitment to social justice
It isn’t a highly polished recording but hopefully it will be useful to some people. I’d love to hear what you think.
Here is the script for the video and at the end, there are some other posts that are related and a list of the references and photo credits.Continue reading