The Strengths Approach - What is it?

Who we are being in our work is more significant and has more impact on our clients and colleagues than any skills and technique training.

A Strengths-based Practitioner:

  • Sees people for who they truly are - amazing, lovable human beings, not as a sum of their current circumstances.
  • Notices first, the commonalities we all have as human beings.
  • Expresses to another the qualities that are present and often overlooked by those in overwhelm.
  • Invites respectful expression about what dims our strengths - namely protective behaviours resulting from past or present hurts.
  • Separates the problem from the person.
  • Stays in the present, offering chioce, without minimising the impact of the past.
  • Honours the fact that our bodies mark what is happening in our lives and this shows up in how we feel - mentally, emotionally and physically.
With TSA, relationships are transparent, non-imposing, creative and inspiring. Boundaries and purpose are clear and concerns are named. Worker self-care and self-awareness are central to the development of the practice.
Agency staff are welcome to attend our workshops or to contact Bernadette Glass & Associates to arrange for delivery of customised training in-house.

Different practice terms are used in human services, health and aged care sectors. These may include Strengths-based practice, Person Centred Practice, Active Service Model, Client-directed Practice and others. They all describe approaches that support clients as decision makers. The service provision is a resource that can 'hold' the client in the process of making decisions and the subsequent practical implications that follow.