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The 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 employers.

   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 of change.

Master Class on Qualitative Research Methodology and Grounded Theory

June, 2017. Two sessions only in India

Nagpur session: 5th - 6th June 2017 and Hyderabad Session 9th - 10th June 2017

Who can attend this?

Who can attend this?

Persons with Masters or PhD, in Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, History, Anthropology, Public Health, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, management and Organisational Behaviour,   Journalism, Education, Social Work, Physiotherapy, People’s literature, Arts, and Humanities and media studies including print, online and digital media

Doctoral Scholar contemplating on qualitative methods

Masters students who is contemplating research

 Research and Training officers, Manager, in an NGOs or State or Central Government or

Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor looking forward to undertake qualitative research projects and wish to interact with one of the leading authorities in Grounded Theory in Australia.

How would you describe yourself?

·  A post-modernist in social sciences, arts and humanities

·  Creativity and innovation appeals to you

·  You want to portrait reflective research, depth in analysis

·  You will consider tuning into Metaphoric generalizability and have some serious doubts over statistical generalizability

·  You want to take research beyond a fact finding task and to visualise it as a sumptuous meal that creates knowledge and affects your audiences intellectually and emotionally.  


Then this Master Class in Grounded Theory Research is for you

What preparation you need to make? 

You need bring with an idea for research.  The first part is personal statement (150 -300 words)How familiar are you with research/ qualitative research?  You can add send your CV or resume, also. The second part is about a research idea that you are thinking about or working already (150-300) words. If you have written an article or even a blog previously just bring along or preferably send it to me as pdf. File.


First day

Grounded Theory practice

Making time to write

Developing your writer’s voice

Using strategies of creative non-fiction

Writing for learning and reporting

Writing as qualitative analysis

Memo writing

Writing vivid narratives

Second day

Finding your argument

Reworking the organisation

Writing titles and abstracts


Constructive and supportive critiquing

Positioning your study

Writing the literature review and theoretical framework

Publishing qualitative research

Things important to bring laptops and  if you like bring also video recorders / voice recorders and  all materials and notes  artefacts, photos.



Dr Venkat Pulla is a TISS Alumnus. He teaches and writes in social work ethics, human rights cross cultural competencies at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. He has held many senior positions in the government and in schools of social work in Australia. How people cope spiritually during crisis always fascinated him. His most recent writing in relation to Bhutanese refugees is widely acclaimed and reviewed across the world.  'the Lhotsampa People of Bhutan: resilience and survival’ has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. January 2016.

Dr Venkat Pulla will be undertaking at least three grounded theory based research writings in the next three years and is searching for fellow writers for research tasks. Most of his work is unfunded research as it is in the realm of human rights, obligations of society and our common good.  His publications signal ultimate reward as they open a window of opportunity for several others to think deeply about rights and about our responsibilities as fellow humans.  He has published with Sage, Routledge, Macmillan, Palgrave, and Wilfred Laureir Press- Canada; Primrose Hall- UK and Australia; Fernwood, California and with others in  Malaysia, India and Bangladesh. He is recipient of Napswi Life time achievement award 2015, and Karma veer Puraskar,-Global Indian Social Worker award-2008 and a nomination to IASSW Katherine A. Kendall Award, 2009.  He has established the  Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice, and the Asia Pacific Social Welfare Action Research Network,


Nagpur session: 5th - 6th June 2017


This is a collaborative programme with


MSS Institute  of Social Work,

West High Court Road, Bajaj Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440010, India

Phone: +91 712 223 4393


Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice, Australia, and the


Asia Pacific Social Welfare Action Research Network

A Certificate of the Master Class is offered signaling completion of 15 hours of work


Contact for registration:

Contact :  Dr Keshav Walke

Associate. Professor MSS Inst  of Social Work


Nagpur has 3 and 4 star accommodation plus some guest houses for people coming from the rest of the country. if you require

Accommodation for 1 or two nights write to Professor Walke

+9158 980 731

+9112 755 849

Payment details with Professor Keshav Walke

Nagpur Brochure PDF

Hyderabad Session 9th - 10th June 2017


This is a collaborative programme with


Centre for Action Research & People’s Development, Hyderabad

Mr Bharath Bhushan  Mob: 9000 677 292;


Pearlss 4 Development, Hyderabad


(Dr Anita Rego, Mob: 9849 882 788;  


A Certificate is offered signaling completion

of 15 hours of work


M Bharath Bhushan, Centre for Action Research & People’s Development, or


Dr Anita Rego, Pearlss 4 Development  


If you require Accommodation for 1 or two nights, please

write in advance

 Hyderabad Brocuhure PDF


Dr Venkat Pulla NAPSWI Lifetime Achievement Award: Lecture on

"A Personal transformational opportunity through a social work career"

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Team 2016 - 2018


President : Dr.Venkat Pulla

Advisors: Dragan Bombek, Peter Binyon, Palani Thevar,  Mukesh Mistry, CPA -Brisbane, Amanda Kay,  Canberra,  Dr Anne Riggs, Melbourne, Pamela Trotman, Norther Territory


Conferences and Training Europe and Asia Pacific 2016-2018 Sub Committee:

  Joint Facilitators of the Conferences Bharath Bhushan Mamidi, Dr Keshav Walke

 Hyderabad, Kanchan Kharel Kathmandu, Vinod Naik , Mumbai, Reeti  Mathur, Hyderabad

Research Interns: Molly Mullany , Melbourne, Elizabeth Carter,  Brisbane, Rajendra Baikady, India


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