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‘Reflexions’ hits the street with a brand new look

02/02/2018 - Posted by Georgena

Becoming an independent individual is a complex and sometimes difficult journey. Who am I? What am I feeling? What is important to me? What choices and changes do I want? Where am I at and where am I heading? Reflexions can help young people …Read more

The Power and Purpose behind ‘Next Steps’

15/09/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Every step we take follows another. Every step we take precedes another. The smallest shifts—doing some dishes, putting something away, stopping something, starting something, taking a shower—can all be significant events on a continuum of ‘next steps’, representing our unique pathways through life. ‘A …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

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

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

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

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

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

Kids’ Skills: Converting problems into skills

01/09/2016 - Posted by Georgena

According to the Kids’ Skills method, issues confronting a child are best resolved by having the child learn a specific skill. This idea is based on the observation that when a child is faced with a problem, it is often due to the fact that there is some skill …Read more

When Sharks Cometh

02/08/2016 - Posted by Georgena

Andrew Shirres, our Practice Development Coach, was handed the high seas, darkly dramatic ‘shark’ card from Ups and Downs and invited to put pen to paper… There’s a big scary shark headed our way. Frightening isn’t it? Or maybe not. While we might sit …Read more

The Gift of Giving

10/06/2016 - Posted by Georgena

A gift is not always something that is bought and wrapped up with brightly coloured paper. Not all gifts are the kind you can place in a gift box and tuck under your arm when attending a wedding or birthday party. While these tangible …Read more