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Wellbeing in Schools

31/03/2017 - Posted by Georgena

In March I had great pleasure in attending the inaugural Wellbeing Australia conference in Cairns. What made it special was the inspiration and passion shown by so many teachers and wellbeing officers towards the children—and extending further to the parents and the broader school …Read more

Anxiety Solutions for Kids

31/03/2017 - Posted by Georgena

For most people, feelings of worry or anxiety happen every now and then and are part of a healthy emotional range. Such feelings can serve us well by warning us of potential danger and helping us ‘gear up’ for performance. However, sometimes these feelings …Read more

Building Strengths Cultures and Strengths Literacy

31/03/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘Everyone benefits in cultures where their strengths are appreciated and noticed. Children, in particular, blossom when they are held in positive regard by the people around them.’  We are surrounded by many different cultures—not only the obvious cultural differences between countries and peoples—but also …Read more

What is optimism?

01/03/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Optimism is NOT positive thinking; so what is it? Optimism involves generating: HOPE that things can change ACTION to make sure they do change. Most people assume that optimism is the same as positive thinking. Positive thinking is when you reassure yourself that a …Read more

Stereotypes: More than just…

01/03/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Ever been to a funeral of someone you liked and thought you knew well, only to discover through the eulogy that there was so much more about the person than you knew? How many times have you walked by the reception desk, said hello …Read more

The Role of the Observer

02/02/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘Two things make a story: the net and the air that falls through the net.’       (Pablo Neruda)       Keen observers of the Funky Fish Feelings cards will have noticed that a seahorse manages to make an appearance on every card. (Well, …Read more

Labelling – when is it a good thing?

29/11/2016 - Posted by Georgena

In exploring strengths-based practice, we navigate the term ‘labelling’, and how using labels can be a form of power-over, can affect people’s identities and behaviour, and confine what is possible for them. Some labels are certainly devisive but when are they useful and helpful? …Read more

Carers–Angels in Action Every Day!

29/11/2016 - Posted by Georgena

‘When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people’. Jens Stoltenberg The following …Read more

Navigating Two Worlds: Christmas for Separated Families

29/11/2016 - Posted by Georgena

Christmas means many things to many people. To some it is filled with magical memories of sparkling lights, tinsel and brightly coloured presents under the tree. Others anticipate the delights of a table laden with meats, salads, puddings and in the Southern Hemisphere at …Read more

Reminders for Best Practice

29/11/2016 - Posted by Georgena

In the hurley-burley of daily work with the ever-present ‘To Do’ list, it can be easy to lose track of the principles and values that guide good practice. Right in the midst of a supervision session, or when we are about to meet with …Read more

Life is like a Patchwork Quilt

27/10/2016 - Posted by Georgena

We may all know what a patchwork quilt is, even if we each hold a slightly different impression in our mind’s eye. But what is a patchwork life? A Patchwork Life is one made up of different parts of one’s self, all sewn together. …Read more

Mental Health – Noticing Change

27/10/2016 - Posted by Georgena

 Change only happens when it is noticed. Change and growth can be slow and incremental; it can be missed if our attention is not drawn to it or if we don’t have the right tools to ‘see’ it.   Noticing change can be more …Read more

Client-centred, Co-constructed Records

27/10/2016 - Posted by Georgena

Records have long played an important role in human service work.  Traditionally they contain assessments, plans, reports, letters, decisions and summaries, held in files by an organisation, and maintained by a worker about a client. Most importantly, traditional record keeping tends to focus on ‘the problem’ that …Read more

Giving Voice to their Stories …

27/10/2016 - Posted by Georgena

At Innovative Resources we are so fortunate to hear about the amazing work that people do throughout the world, and to have the opportunity to share these rich stories with our readers. Paula Davis (from Connecting Matters) and her husband recently visited Sri Lanka …Read more

Preservation and Wellbeing

14/10/2016 - Posted by Georgena

The word ‘preservation’ often brings to mind old-growth forests and endangered species. But do we ever stop to think about the preservation of our own sense of self? The busy-ness of life can take its toll. We are all juggling responsibilities, commitments and relationships, and often …Read more

Processes and Skills of the Strengths Approach

03/10/2016 - Posted by Georgena

Building a relationship of trust is the foundation for all respectful and constructive helping processes. This is facilitated by genuine interest in, and validation of, people’s experiences, strengths, capacities and aspirations. It is also facilitated by transparent practices and assisting the person to take …Read more

Is Your Load Bearable? Unpacking the Baggage

03/10/2016 - Posted by Georgena

‘Unpacking the Baggage’ questions are perhaps the most common questions we ask each other. ‘How are you?’ is a universal greeting. We use it and other related questions all the time to check on how others are journeying. Often ‘How are you’? is merely …Read more

Shadows and the Shadow

03/10/2016 - Posted by Georgena

‘To own one’s own shadow is to reach a holy place – an inner centre – not attainable in any other way.’ Robert Johnson Owning Your Own Shadow, Harper San Francisco, 1971, pg 17 Carl Jung was an exceedingly influential member of the early …Read more

Mates Traits – What makes a good friend?

01/09/2016 - Posted by Georgena

Most of us depend on our friends for lots of things and happiness is just one thing that goes hand-in-hand with friendships. But while friendships are a very important part of the lives of most of us, it is easy to take them for …Read more