Making good choices—could there be any more valuable life skill?
Everyone has strengths! Sometimes they are hidden and sometimes they shine like blazing lights. And sometimes, especially when things get tough, we may wonder where our strengths have gone!
We may think of strengths as qualities we inherit (such as patience, resilience or kindness), resources we gather (such as a house, a computer or a car) or skills we learn as we journey through life (such as a profession or other skills and talents such as fixing an engine, growing a garden or casting a fishing line). But we can also think of our strengths as choices we make.
We can choose to see ourselves as a ‘victim’ or a ‘survivor’. We can choose to see the glass half-full or half-empty. We can choose to see ourselves as possessing hopes, dreams and untapped potential or as filled with deficits and problems. We can choose to focus on and practise a particular strength from a huge array of potential strengths.
Choosing Strengths is a set of 36 cards and booklet. This conversation-building resource is founded in the rich tradition of CHOICE THEORY and STRENGTHS-BASED PRACTICE. Each card, beautifully illustrated and designed by Tim Lane, identifies a potential strength that anyone can choose to cultivate and make their own.
* * *For open conversations about intimate partner relationships* What is abusive behaviour in an intimate partner relationship? What are the markers of a respectful relationship? Respect or disrespect are revealed in how we talk to each other, how we touch each other, how we make decisions, how we share power. They are revealed in our attitudes to gender, sexuality, finances, friends, family, children, roles and culture. Drawing on research and extensive practice in family violence, No Room for Family Violenceis a set of 30 cards for having conversations with... More info
* * *Strengths-based Questions for Reflective Conversations* Do you supervise others? Or do you receive supervision yourself? Supervision plays a pivotal role in the professional development of social workers, psychologists, counsellors, managers, health practitioners, life coaches and other human service professionals. At its best, supervision can be a powerful crucible of discovery and learning for both supervisor and practitioner—with the benefits also flowing on to clients. A Vision for Supervision consists of 40 cards arranged in 5 colour-coded suits: *Beginning:* Establishing a relationship *Contexting:* Identifying our accountability *Sharpening the Focus:* Making each session count *Widening the Lens:* Mapping our... More info
* Exploring Oceans of Emotions!* If you’ve ever pressed your nose to an aquarium and been disappointed by the blank expressions returned, then grab your snorkel and plunge with us into the burbling watery world of Funky Fish Feelings! These are fish with attitude, and some might bear an uncanny resemblance to people you know! Which one are you today? The flummoxed flounder? The cranky crab? What about the despondent dolphin or the shy shark? These 48 quirky critters of the deep can be used in similar ways... More info