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Choosing Strengths

28/07/2017 - Posted by Georgena

The profound and very simple belief at the core of strengths-based practice is that everyone has strengths. What are our strengths and where do they come from? These two questions have fascinated philosophers, psychologists and everyday thinkers for centuries. At first glance many of …Read more

Note to Self : Potential

28/07/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Potential is commonly though of as one’s capacity for achievement. We’ve all heard talk of rising stars in the sporting arena; their limitless talent and ‘huge potential’ paving the way to unprecedented success. Note to Self invites us to think of potential more broadly …Read more

How Parents can use ‘Anxiety Solutions for Kids’

06/07/2017 - Posted by Georgena

  Some situations can be particularly strong triggers for anxious thoughts and feelings in children such as on the way to kinder or school and when the parent leaves (separation anxiety) or when a routine is interrupted (such as a change of teacher), or …Read more

The Gift of Noticing Children’s Strengths

05/07/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Children thrive when their strengths are valued. Often, the weight of a ‘problem’ can lift considerably when we think of it as a strength yet to be developed. For these reasons many family counsellors, welfare coordinators and support workers encourage parents and carers to …Read more

Noticing and Celebrating the Rich Heritage of Indigenous Languages

05/07/2017 - Posted by Georgena

  The first week in July is NAIDOC Week here in Australia—a time dedicated to celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. This year (2017) the celebrations are entitled Our Languages Matter and they are focussed on the unique and essential …Read more

The Worlds in Which We Live

14/06/2017 - Posted by Georgena

How easily we can forget that each person’s world is unique and even in the closest of relationships there will be differences in perspective, taste, reactions and desires. This is especially so within the world of home. Parents, partners and children can forget that …Read more

Baby Behaviours

14/06/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Babies may cry, smile, cling, protest their carer’s departure, greet their carer, be frightened, explore, be curious, play and demonstrate many more behaviours. Many of these behaviours change as babies and toddlers develop; until eight weeks of age, a baby will cry as a …Read more

Deep Speak

24/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

  One of the consistent complaints by youth is that adults do not listen to them—they don’t mean passive hearing, but active listening and understanding. Youth discern very quickly whether people are genuine. If they are listened to and responded to with respect they …Read more

Going Ahead in Tweaks and Bounds

24/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Central to all models of life coaching is the belief that people have a capacity to change their own lives. This capacity can be diminished or constrained by many factors, both internal and external to the person. Change can come from many different places, …Read more

Reflexions – a Tool for Young People

24/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘The value of Reflexions is found in its ability to build … conversations in new and existing directions.’(Reflexions booklet, p8) Innovative Resources’ cards can act as ‘conversational prompts’. That is, when used in conversations with other people, they can suggest pathways of communication that …Read more

The Power of Symbols

01/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘We are surrounded by symbols. They are present in every facet of our existence. At a practical level, they point us in the right direction, they issue caution, they give us choices, and they limit our choices.     Symbols are necessary to navigate …Read more

Life is a Circus—But What About Our Teams?

28/04/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘Metaphor has a paradoxical power. It distances an experience by equating it with something else, but in so doing actually brings that experience closer.’ James Geary, ‘The Secret Life of Metaphor’, Ode Magazine, Spring 2011, p. 55 Human language is alive with metaphor. Not …Read more

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