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Introduction to the Strengths Approach

Introduction to the Strengths Approach

Date: 11th February 2020

Facilitator: Kath Reid

Workshop Duration:

3 Consecutive days (Tuesday - Thursday, 11 - 13 February 2020)

Workshop Time:

9:30 – 16:30 each day


Fee: $660.00 including morning tea, all associated handouts and a certificate of attendance.


Workshop Venue:

Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room

Kyabra Street RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

Target Group:

This workshop is designed for anyone working alongside clients who may have played with the ideas of strengths based practice or seeking to be refreshed. This could include case managers, counsellors, youth workers, guidance officers, support workers, social workers, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupation therapists, and/or workers from the field of disability, housing, domestic violence, child protection, education, health and mental health.

Workshop Outline:

This workshop will provide participants with a foundation for using the strengths based approach. It will introduce participants to the beliefs and principles of this values-driven practice and make direct links between these and the skills and processes of the strengths approach.

This training will be experiential and interactive, with plenty of opportunities to reflect on demonstrations, have a go at using the ideas, skills and tools in a spirit of play and experimentation.

Examples from recent practice will be offered for reflection and deconstruction, and attention will also be given to the opportunities and restraints participants may encounter in applying these ideas and practices in their own work contexts. Many past participants have been delighted to have a shared language to describe their existing practice ideas, and to take the ideas beyond what they already know, developing a richer understanding of setting the scene for professional growth through practice, reflection and further training.

Workshop Outcome:

At the completion of the workshop participants will have:

Identified and explored:

  • the key principles and beliefs of a strengths approach
  • the stages and processes of strengths-based work.

Practised key skills of the approach:

  • externalising
  • reframing and ‘normalising’
  • exploring exceptions and identifying strengths
  • defining pictures of the future and developing goals
  • developing proposals for action and plans
  • ensuring change is noticed and measured
  • use the strengths tools (strengths cards, etc.)
  • use the ‘change documents’ such as certificates and letters

Discussed implications for service delivery and organisational processes including:

  • client-owned recording and information systems
  • implications for service delivery for specific work contexts


Some of the great feedback we received about this event:

  • The facilitator was excellent, she made the information easy to absorb and understand and when he gave us examples (told through stories) this put the information into perspective for me, the visuals and resources are excellent.
  • A great workshop that has certainly made me reflect on my practice – Thanks.
  • Listening to others and stepping outside of my comfort zone to ask questions, the facilitator was excellent, I never felt put on the spot, there was never an uncomfortable moment.
  • The facilitator was very flexible to individual needs and slotted this into the course.
  • I appreciate the facilitator's respectfulness and sharing of skills and ideas, the facilitator's passion is infectious!
  • I really enjoyed the creative aspects that you integrated within the strengths approach (e.g. Documentation, letter, certificates) instead of just strengths cards.
  • The facilitator was excellent, incredibly knowledgeable and definitely a reluctant hero" - it was great to see her passion.
  • I enjoyed all three days and found all the information will become very useful in my practice.

Facilitator Bio:

Kath Reid trained as a social worker. She has been intrigued by narrative ideas for a number of years. She has completed the Graduate Diploma of Narrative Therapy offer by the Dulwich Centre and more recently undertaken family therapy studies. Over the last 14 year’s Kath has worked for both government and non-government organisations. Some of Kath’s therapeutic practice has seen her working with children and young people who have significant trauma and abuse, women reclaiming their lives from domestic violence, families who have experienced state intervention, young women who have experienced sexual violence and women living with the effects of eating issues. She brings a commitment to contextualize the problems that people face. Kath has enjoyed the challenge of finding creative and collaborative ways of working with children, young people, adults and groups to make more visible their skills and knowledge in the face of some significant problems. Kath has also enjoyed co-creating spaces of learning, to share strengths based and narrative ideas in experiential ways.

Workshop Cancellation:

By completing and submitting this registration form, you are indicating your intention to attend the workshop and you will be liable for the full fee as indicated.

If you are unable to attend the workshop for any reason, fail to attend without notice or cancel your registration payment will not be refunded.

Workshops occasionally need to be cancelled due to insufficient participant numbers. Should this be necessary, we will notify you as soon as possible and a full refund will be given.