Looking for resources that are tailor-made for your profession? You have come to the right place! Innovative Resources has its origins firmly in the social work sector. Our publishing and training social enterprise has literally grown out of social work practice at St Luke’s in Bendigo, Australia. St Luke’s (now a division of Anglicare Victoria) ran numerous programs for children, youth, adults and families including disability, mental health, out of home care and community services.
Innovative Resources creates and publishes card sets and books that are steeped in ‘strengths-based practice’. Social workers will know that this is a way of working with others that seeks to build and mobilise people’s strengths. It focuses on hopes for the future and what is working well, rather than on problems and deficits.
Our card sets can be used to explore:
- what is happening in a client’s life
- their strengths and resources
- their stories, feelings and relationships
- keys to building their own resilience
- their best hopes for the future
- their progress and steps along the way
- a strengths approach to client recording and supervision
It was the desire to create a simple set of cards for naming and talking about strengths that gave rise to Innovative Resources’ very first publication, now over twenty years old—Strength Cards. This was quickly followed by The Bears—a set of cards for talking about feelings—and in this way a publishing house was born out of a social work organisation!
Innovative Resources has now published over 60 original conversation-building tools that are used in Australia and in many other countries throughout the world. Social work has provided the values and vision behind our cards sets, books and stickers; and social workers are among those who provide inspiration, guidance and feedback for the creation of our resources.
Social workers in diverse roles will readily recognise the intent to embed principles of self-determination, respect, and social justice in our card sets. Client groups may include children, families, individuals with disabilities, addictions and mental health issues and people struggling with an array of personal and social problems.
All human service professions can incorporate Innovative Resources materials in their conversations but it is social work that has provided the impetus and scope of these practical conversation-building materials.