Creating moments of self-care at work

Posted: 09/04/2024

overview Self-care is essential for those in helping professionals to sustain themselves emotionally, physically, and mentally—if we don’t look after ourselves, we can’t effectively support others. By implementing regular self-care strategies, we can help prevent burnout, maintain physical and mental health, set boundaries, model…

Social and emotional literacy: ideas for supporting parents and carers

Posted: 02/04/2024

Parents and carers want to give their children the best start in life. One simple way they can do this is by helping children recognise and manage their feelings, body signals and reactions. As teachers, social workers, counsellors and wellbeing staff, we can support…

Card hacks for… Storycatching

Posted: 02/04/2024

Narratives, metaphors and ‘restorying’ are all important elements of strength-based conversations. They help us think differently about the challenges we’re facing and offer alternative ways of thinking about solutions and ways to move forward. Stories invite us to listen, help us make sense of…

Card hacks for… Shadows and deeper shadows

Posted: 02/04/2024

Shadows is an image-based, conversation-starting tool, designed to invite people to explore the aspects of themselves that they may struggle to talk, or even think, about. Each Shadows card is intended to be a window into those parts of us that are often closed…

Card hacks for… Up and downs

Posted: 02/04/2024

The vagaries of the sea, with its tides, waves and unpredictable weather provide a great metaphor for the ups and downs of life. In Ups and Downs, the ‘everyperson’ character—who takes to the high seas in nothing but a bathtub—captures life in all its…

Card hacks for… Next Steps

Posted: 06/02/2024

We’ve all heard the expression ‘to put one foot in front of the other’.  But when we are managing mental health issues or other life challenges, even the simplest actions can feel hard. Next Steps was designed to remind us that every journey starts…

Card hacks for… Funky Fish Feelings

Posted: 06/02/2024

For some kids, talking about feelings can be difficult. But what if there was a cast of funky fish characters who could help children find their voice and have those important conversations. Funky Fish Feelings, like The Bears cards and Stones…have feelings too!, can…

Strengths-based supervision: reflecting on practice

Posted: 24/05/2023

Join us in this workshop designed to re-energise your approach to supervision. It creates a space to explore supervision that values collaboration, mutual respect, careful reflection and constructive challenge.

Power-with: a core element of the strengths approach

Posted: 23/03/2023

In this course you will be provided with a short introduction to a Strengths Approach to Practice, to set the scene for exploration and reflection of the conscious and sub-conscious uses of power, and discover ways of taking a more ‘power-with’ approach to your…

Five column tool – a strengths-based conversation recording tool.

Posted: 23/03/2023

This course is a short entree into Strengths Approach to Practice and provides: a practical tool to be able to immediately apply to your work as a strengths-based practitioner a short introduction into what working in a strengths-based way means an appetite to learning more about…

Short introduction to the strengths approach

Posted: 23/03/2023

Strengths-based practice is about working respectfully with people. This course is a short entree into Strengths Approach to Practice and provides a concise summary of the fundamentals of the strengths approach. By the end of the course you will: * have an overview of the key…

PREMIUM Strengths approach to practice – course bundle

Posted: 23/03/2023

This PREMIUM Strengths approach to practice course will help you build the skills to support others to identify, celebrate and mobilise their strengths. Why is this useful? When people are aware of their strengths and resources, they are much more likely to feel empowered to…

Strengths approach to client-centred recording

Posted: 23/03/2023

What if recording the work with clients became an empowering part of the work? This short course includes: traditional vs strengths-based records the power dynamics: what’s included in a record, the ‘story’ it tells, and who owns it tools for client-owned recording setting up…

Challenging conversations and how to handle them

Posted: 30/09/2022

This workshop explores a range of strategies and tools you can use to prepare for potentially challenging conversations, plus we share some tips for handling those tricky conversations you weren’t expecting to have!

Strengths approach to practice

Posted: 20/09/2019

Everyone has strengths. Our qualities, capacities, relationships, values, stories, experiences, skills and material resources can all be strengths. But ‘The Problem’ can easily be experienced as all-consuming, keeping clients and services alike stuck and creating barriers to change. Strengths-based practice focusses squarely on identifying, mobilising and celebrating…

Tools for wellbeing in human services work

Posted: 14/05/2019

Every work place has its stressors, especially professions that support others such as human services and education. Whether you work directly with clients or students, or are located primarily in an office, you will be aware of the toll your work can take on…

Strengths approach to challenging conversations 

Posted: 14/05/2019

Social workers, teachers, counsellors, and other human service workers often support individuals or families who are facing very difficult circumstances—and challenging conversations can be part of the work. Have you ever had a conversation that didn’t go the way you’d hoped? Ever wished you’d…

Stepping into supervision: a strengths approach

Posted: 30/04/2019

Strengths-based supervision creates a dynamic partnership of practice reflection and learning, with benefits flowing directly to clients. In this comprehensive course you will: explore the principles, purpose and processes of strengths-based supervision review some definitions and models of supervision learn how to create supervision…