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In Memory of Wayne Patrick McCashen (1950—2018)

17/12/2018 - Posted by Georgena

It is with great sadness and deep respect that St Luke’s Innovative Resources acknowledges the passing of our friend and colleague, Wayne McCashen.  Wayne died peacefully at home with loved ones by his side on 14 December 2018, aged 68. His beloved family—his partner …Read more

Your Road to Learning

22/11/2018 - Posted by Georgena

We all learn differently. Some people prefer to learn in a quiet place, some people prefer to listen to music while they learn. Some people like to learn in small bitesize chunks and some people like to swallow everything in one mouthful. Others love group …Read more

How can optimism skills help people?

26/09/2018 - Posted by Georgena

The research into the psychology of optimism is based on studies into a condition called ‘learned helplessness’. Psychologists and other researchers have discovered that people or animals show changes in behaviour when they decide they can do nothing to improve or change a situation they find themselves in. These changes include lowered …Read more

Exploring ‘Organisational White Privilege’

26/09/2018 - Posted by Georgena

The Bendigo Reconciliation Committee has developed a FREE resource for mainstream community organisations to explore the issue of ‘organisational white privilege’. The development of this resource grew out of a Conversation Circle arranged by the Bendigo Reconciliation Committee (BRC) and member agencies during the …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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life as a Patchwork Quilt

28/06/2016 - Posted by Georgena

A mental health diagnosis is only one part of a person’s narrative, says TAFE teacher and social services professional, Ava Freeland. Using A Patchwork Life I’ve been using Innovative Resources’ A Patchwork Life cards at the beginning of my lessons as an icebreaker. I …Read more

Strengths-based Supervision

10/06/2016 - Posted by Georgena

  ‘Strengths-based supervision … is primarily a way of being with practitioners, where attention is given to power with rather than power over, and the environment is such that both supervisor and practitioner contribute their expertise to the relationship.’  Supervision … is a forum …Read more

Are we making a difference?

20/05/2016 - Posted by Georgena

This was the ‘Top 8’ topic for a recent session held with Anglicare Vic workers at St Luke’s.  It highlights the importance of self-reflection and how simple, but rich it can be to provide opportunities for social workers to talk about their work, and …Read more

Acts of Everyday Kindness

13/05/2016 - Posted by Georgena

Acts of everyday kindness are all around us. They can come in the form of a kind word, a helping hand, a nod of appreciation, an encouraging smile, a story, a wave, a letter, a gentle caution, a friendly visit or a meal shared. …Read more

Discover your Top 8 – A focussed approach to practice development

20/01/2016 - Posted by Georgena

After completing a successful ‘Top 8’ Discussion Series with teams at St Luke’s throughout last year, we are now offering your organisation the opportunity to get on board. Would you like your staff to engage in developing their practice? Are there important practice issues that …Read more

What is “The Strengths Approach”?

12/01/2016 - Posted by Georgena

More than 10 years ago, Wayne McCashen, then a leader of strengths-based practice and trainer at St Luke’s, documented the framework that had been embedded as the foundation for the agency’s practice for working with people. ‘The Strengths Approach‘ has been reprinted many times over, and …Read more