Apply strengths-based approaches to your practice
Strengths-based practice is a collaborative process between a person supported by services and those supporting them. It allows them to work together, drawing upon a person’s strengths and assets to achieve positive outcomes.
The recent publication of the Department of Health and Social Care Strengths-based approach practice framework and handbook aims to give support to social care professionals in applying a strengths-based approach to their work with adults.
To support this, we have brought together a package of learning resources and training opportunities to enable social care practitioners to embed strengths-based approaches. This includes training workshops and multi-media learning resources, such as publications, blogs, podcasts and more.
The introduction of the Care Act 2014, with its focus on wellbeing and early intervention, has required local authorities to consider a person’s own strengths and capabilities, as well as support available from a wider support network or within the community in meeting the outcomes they want to achieve. Many different approaches can be described as strengths-based, including asset-based community development, family group conferencing, risk enablement and appreciative inquiry.
Strengths-based approaches workshops and learning resources
At Research in Practice for Adults, we have a number of learning resources and training opportunities to enable social care practitioners to embed strengths-based approaches:
- Strengths-based conversations: An introduction (open access)
- Strengths-based conversations: Skills for effective communication (open access)
- Strengths-based conversations: Supporting good practice (open access)
- Asset-based work with communities: Leaders' Briefing
- Appreciative Inquiry in Safeguarding Adults: Practice Tool
- Developing strengths-based working: Strategic Briefing
- Embedding strengths-based practice: Frontline Briefing
- Evaluating family group conferences with adults: Practice Tool
- Risk enablement: Frontline Briefing and Chart.
- Embedding strength-based working: Webinar (Research in Practice for Adults Partners have access to Webinars)
Commission Research in Practice for Adults to deliver in-house workshops to support your organisational learning and development needs. This includes:
- Building practice through appreciative inquiry
- Coaching in social care
- Identifying outcomes and building on strengths (updated)
- Restorative approaches in adult social care
- Risk enablement for positive outcomes
- Supporting managers to promote risk enablement within teams
- Strengths-based approaches and practice in social care (updated)
- Supporting strengths-based practice in social care – for practitioners
- Supporting strengths-based practice in social care teams – for managers
To find out more about Research in Practice for Adults work to support strengths-based practice contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.