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Strengths Approach: Orientation to Practice

Strengths Approach: Orientation to Practice

Date: 25th May 2022

Facilitator: Vicki Carrick

This workshop is fully booked, please email you details to be added to the waiting list

Workshop Duration

2 day - face 2 face

Wednesday & Thursday 25 - 26 May 2022

Workshop Time

09:00 – 16:00 each day



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
  • conversational tools that support and sustain client’s initiatives
  • therapeutic tools and letters that help amplify preferred changes in client’s lives
  • identified collaborative ways to work with clients, their families and other stakeholders
  • self-care and supervision practices to sustain ourselves in the work place
  • how to incorporate the strengths approach into our practice framework

Practised key skills of the approach:

  • externalising
  • reframing and ‘normalising’
  • exploring exceptions and identifying strengths
  • defining pictures of the future and developing goals
  • using a five-stage mapping tool for client-directed change
  • ensuring change is noticed and measured
  • use the strengths cards
  • 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


The Strengths Approach


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

Vicki Carrick is employed by Kyabra Community Association, as the Practice Development and Supervision Coordinator. In this role, Vicki works across the organisation to support staff and practice development, the development of supervision resources and the exploration of parallel practice within the strengths approach. Vicki has worked in the community sector for over 20 years and her previous work roles include case management, child protection, community development, disability program coordination, group facilitation, international development work, project work and training. Vicki has completed a Master of Social Administration and further study in Facilitation and Strengths-based Supervision. Vicki is passionate about strengths-based practice, and this is reflected in her practice framework!

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.