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A Resource for Exploring our Darkest Moments

27/06/2018 - Posted by Georgena

The stories of how people use materials developed by St Luke’s Innovative Resources never fail to inspire us with their practice wisdom. Recently, we received the following stories about using Shadows and Deeper Shadows in family violence situations: From Lili ‘I like Shadows and …Read more

The Power of Reflective Conversations about Parenting

04/05/2018 - Posted by Georgena

In this complex and uncertain world there is nothing more certain than the challenges of parenting. Long has it been remarked that this fundamental role in society is undertaken without the training, supports and qualifications required for much less demanding activities. However, as the …Read more

‘Smarty Pants, Kitty or Tiger?’

06/03/2018 - Posted by Georgena

  Only under certain circumstances does Innovative Resources permit the reproduction of images from our card sets like those displayed in the picture book, Smarty Pants, Kitty or Tiger? Nicole Rotaru from McAuley Community Services for Women approached us and explained the amazing work …Read more

The Importance of Play

06/03/2018 - Posted by Georgena

  In Play Together Learn Together, an ebook launched at Broadmeadows Women’s Community House late last month, author Genine Clements writes passionately about the primary importance of play. ‘It is widely understood from decades of research and academia that a child learns through play,’ …Read more

C’mon, Mums and Dads—get your play groove on at home!

02/02/2018 - Posted by Georgena

Think back to when you were a young child. Can you remember playing with your parents, perhaps particularly with your mother? Or if you are a parent or grandparent now, do you play with a baby or pre-schooler in your family? Perhaps peekaboo behind …Read more

The Strengths Approach to Listening

08/11/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘When you talk you are only repeating what you already know. But when you listen, you may learn something new.’     Dalai Lama Listening is the skill most critical for engagement. The desire to be helpful can sometimes get in the way of good listening and …Read more

Scrapbooking Strengths

03/10/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Remember the scrapbooks we had as kids? Or the many photo albums with pages of images of family and friends—including relatives we never knew? Scrapbooks don’t have to consist only of photos—they can also include drawings, diagrams, funny stories, a piece of material from …Read more

Using ‘Paperworks’ in Strengths-based Practice

31/08/2017 - Posted by Georgena

All of the tools published by Innovative Resources have grown out of, or are compatible with, strengths-based practice. Also known as the ‘strengths approach’, this is a way of working that focusses primarily on strengths and hopeful possibilities. It does not ignore difficulties or challenges but the …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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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