The Choosing Strengths tool box

Additional ideas, information and resources

We may think of strengths as personal qualities, resources we gather or skills we learn as we journey through life. But we can also think of our strengths as choices we make.

In fact, it could be argued that life is the sum of all our choices!

Choosing Strengths lets us explore the variety of different choices available to us. We can choose to see the glass as half-empty or half-full. We can choose to see ourselves as filled with deficits or as possessing great strengths.  We can also choose to grow new strengths.

That’s right—our strengths are in our own hands!

Now that you have the cards, you will be wanting some fresh and innovative ideas for how to incorporate them into your work.

In this toolbox, you’ll find:

  • the digital booklet which includes lots of information about the role of choice in strengths-based approaches, along with many great ideas for using the cards in a broad range of settings and situations
  • access to a digital set of the cards so you can use them anywhere, anytime
  • ideas banks, blogs, card hack videos, interviews and other support material.

We hope you’ll also be inspired by the stories of others, and the imaginative ways they’ve used the cards in their work. Don’t forget to explore the range of supporting materials and information at your fingertips any time you need it.

This toolbox is exclusively for people who have purchased Choosing Strengths. We will continue to add resources and ideas, so check in regularly to see what’s new!

The Choosing Strengths booklet

The Choosing Strengths digital cards

Ideas bank

Blog- Choosing Strengths

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. Read more

Blog- Building strengths literacy

We are surrounded by many different cultures—not only cultures from other countries—but also the different mini-cultures found in families, schools, communities and workplaces. Each of these cultures may emphasise different strengths—for example, ‘standing out’ may be admired in one setting, while in another, ‘blending in’ may be highly prized. Read more

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