Tag Archives: Strengths perspective

Supporting residents of caravan parks

  Caravan parks play an important role in Australian housing, particular for those who have few or no other options. Marginalised residents of caravan parks often face significant disadvantage and it is therefore important that a range of health and … Continue reading

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What can you do when someone you know is experiencing domestic violence?

What can we do when we know (or suspect) that a friend, family member, colleague, neighbour or somebody we know is experiencing domestic violence or family violence? If you feel that someone you know is at risk, approach them about … Continue reading

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Retreats for families of children with special needs

Last year I completed a report about SNUG (Special Needs Unlimited Group) retreats, which is now available online. SNUG, run by the Family Action Centre with funding from the Steve Waugh Foundation, offers retreats for the whole family of children … Continue reading

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“I try and make it feel more like a home” – families living in caravan parks

A paper I presented in 2008. In this presentation I want to compare two pictures of caravan parks and their residents (especially families). One picture is created by focusing on the deficits or problems we can find in caravan parks. … Continue reading

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St Lukes Bendio – some background

St Luke’s Anglicare in Bendigo has been very important in promoting strengths-based practice in Australia and have developed some great resources. For a workshop I’m currently involved in I found and interesting article, Curiosity and Hope, by Di O’Neil (ex … Continue reading

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What is the Strengths Perspective?

The strengths perspective and strengths-based approaches  offer service providers ways of working that focus on strengths, abilities and potential rather than problems, deficits and pathologies (Chapin, 1995; Early & GlenMaye, 2000; Saleebey, 1992d; Weick et al., 1989). Since the mid 1980’s … Continue reading

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Workshops

Dee (a colleague) and I are currently doing some workshops on the strengths perspective and asset based community development (ABCD) for a national organisation. Dee’s doing 14 workshops and I’m assisting with 6 of them. (She gets to go to … Continue reading

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The danger of a single story

A great talk from Chimamanda Adichie about how our view of other people is often constrained by having only a “single story”. Very relevant to a strengths perspective.

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