Tag Archives: Strengths perspective

It’s better to light one candle

It’s better to light one candle than curse the darkness is like a guiding principle for much of my work and life. At times I do rant and rave about what is wrong with the world, but most of the … Continue reading

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Social change and strengths-based approaches

In 2009, after both my daughters had started school, I was ready to become involved in social change groups again. A few years earlier I had become immersed in strengths-based approaches to working with communities and wanted to explore this … Continue reading

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Some good articles/links – strengths-based practice

My most popular post, is on strengths-based practice and the strengths perspective so this weeks collections of readings are about strengths-based approaches to working with individuals and families. Strengths-based practices: The evidence. A discussion paper by Natalie Scerra from UnitingCare … Continue reading

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Saturday quote

A recent quote from one of my students. If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at: Past Saturday Quotes A story of two communities What is … Continue reading

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Creating positive images of Aboriginal fathers

We are surrounded by negative images of Aboriginal men and fathers. In the mainstream media, and even academic literature, they are mostly portrayed in a negative context: the focus is on crime, domestic violence, alcohol and other drugs, unemployment, and … Continue reading

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Angela Blanchard – Building on the strengths of communities

In this TEDx talk, Angela Blanchard (Neighborhood Centers Inc) discusses a strengths-based approach to working with communities. It is an example of what asset-based community-driven development (ABCD) looks like in practice. ABCD is built on four foundations: It focuses on … Continue reading

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Strengths-based approaches = HOPE

Strengths-based approaches are about HOPE: Helping Other Possibilities Emerge When we focus on the half-empty glass, we discover what is broken, missing or inadequate.These tell us what we can’t do and can lead us to relying on professional, external support. … Continue reading

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Looking for problems!

A few years ago, Jasmine came home with a survey for us to fill out as part of a university research project being conducted through the school. I didn’t know at the time, but the survey was the Child Behavior … Continue reading

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What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry is a strengths-based approach to creating change. Although it is  often discussed in the context organisational change, Appreciative Inquiry can be applied in a range of contexts. The following is a great overview by Jackie Kelm from Appreciative … Continue reading

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Setting the context for a world cafe

Over the next couple of days I’m facilitating some conversations at my daughter’s school which are essentially part of a visioning process. As with any school there are some parents who will attend with specific concerns. I want to ensure … Continue reading

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