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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.

International Conference on:


Emerging Challenges for Social Development

And Human Services Practice in the Asia Pacific Region


17-19 June 2016 Bali, Indonesia


International Conference Bali 2016

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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

Dr Venkat Rao Pulla has been 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 all of 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."

Ms Aruna Roy Venkat Rao Pula

Presented by Right to Information Social Activist

Ms Aruna Roy in Ladnun, Rajasthan.

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses”  - Marilyn vos Savant

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