Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice (Inc) was
founded in 2006 to support approaches that promote
resilience as opposed to dealing with deficits. We are a
group of people from a range of professional backgrounds
such as social work, psychology, education and
management that believe, work with and
advocate strengths based practices. We recognise that
the strength based movement is gaining impetus
globally, with people from diverse backgrounds attracted
to this inward looking practice, whether it be teachers
utilising such strategies with their students, helping
professionals engaging with clients to fulfil their
potential, or employers and HRD Managers utilising
strength based performance appraisals with their
What are SBPs?
Strengths Based Practices (SBPs) concentrates on the
inherent strengths of individuals, families groups
and organisations deploying peoples' personal
strengths to aid their recovery and empowerment.
SBPs are empowering alternatives to traditional
methods with individuals, group or organizational
work. SBPs refrain from allowing crippling,
labelling and stigmatized language. Descriptions and
pathology owned by persons groups and organizations
that suggest acceptance of their condition as
hopeless or helpless to change are constructively
challenged through SBPs. Strengths based strategies
build and foster hope from within by focusing and
working with precedent successes. SBPs strategies
facilitate change by assisting to look at / what has
worked? what does not work? and what might work
presently making it important for facilitators and
those desiring change to be integral to this process
International Conference on:
Emerging Challenges for Social Development
And Human Services Practice in the Asia Pacific Region
Molly Mullany , Melbourne, Elizabeth Carter, Brisbane,
Rajendra Baikady, India
Dr Venkat Rao Pulla
recently presented a National Association of
Professional Social Workers- India, the
NAPSWI Life Time Achievement award for
Global Social Work contribution.
Dr Pulla: "I believe 24 years
of social work from Australian soil as an
immigrant; founding the Brisbane Institute
of Strengths with global outreach with
several blessings from allof
you has also been noticed.
Many thanks for being part of my life
stories in many places.
Please forgive my vanity in sharing this.
The mood is one of celebration and gratitude
to all of you and to my family."
Presented by Right to Information Social
Ms Aruna Roy in Ladnun, Rajasthan.
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is
true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering
yourself is true power.”
does not come from physical capacity. It comes from
an indomitable will.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
is achieved by developing our strengths, not by
eliminating our weaknesses”
- Marilyn vos Savant