Evidenced Based Practice
Core Principles of Strengths-Based Practice
The following principles serve as the foundation for guiding and implementing strength-based practice.
1) An absolute belief that every person has potential and it is their unique strengths and capabilities that will determine their evolving story as well as define who they are - not their limitations.
2) What we focus on becomes one’s reality – focus on strength, not labels – seeing challenges as capacity toward hope and optimism.
3) The language we use creates our reality – both for the care providers and the children, youth and their families.
4) Belief that change is inevitable – all individuals have the urge to succeed, to explore the world around them and to make themselves useful to others and their communities.
5) Positive change occurs in the context of authentic relationships - people need to know someone cares and will be there unconditionally for them. It is a transactional and facilitating process of supporting change and capacity building– not fixing.
6) Person’s perspective of reality is primary (their story)– therefore, need to value and start the change process with what is important to the person - not the expert.
7) People have more confidence and comfort to journey to the future (the unknown) when they are invited to start with what they already know.
8) Capacity building is a process and a goal – a life long journey that is dynamic as opposed to static.
9) It is important to value differences and the essential need to collaborate – effective change is a collaborative, inclusive and participatory process – “it takes a village to raise a child”.
Trauma & Connection: A Conversation
As individuals, we can experience trauma in many forms and in our everyday lives. Trauma does not discriminate by socio-economics, gender, age, race or religion. We can find it in our homes, our neighborhoods, our schools, our cities; and it only becomes more alarming from there. We also experience trauma in our day to day connections with others. News, social media, gaming, entertainment; it is all there to keep you informed and tuned in to a level of violence that we, as humans, are not hardwired to comprehend.
As individual, families, and communities we are impacted in ways such as disrupted healthy development, adversely affected relationships, and a large contribution to mental health issues including substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse. Everyone pays the price when a community produces multi-generations of people with untreated trauma in the forms of increase in crime, lost wages, and threat to the stability of the family.
This group is focused on starting a conversation in our community to define and recognize the effects of trauma and how to incorporate basic self care activities and supportive resources.