Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice Inc

  • … 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 recognize that the strength based movement is gaining impetus globally, with people from diverse backgrounds attracted to this inward looking practice, whether it be teachers utilizing such strategies with their students, helping professionals engaging with clients to fulfil their potential, or employers and HRD Managers utilizing strength based performance appraisals with their employers … (welcome/about 1/2).

2006: Inaugural Conference towards Strenght Based Strategies;
Projects: Sri Lanca School; Trainings; Team; Links;
Address: Dr Venkat Pulla, President, Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice, 5 Mandell Close, Coopers Plains, Qld 4108, Australia;

Welcome/About 2/2: … Much before the modern literature on strengths based practices started appearing in Positive Psychology, Social Work, Human Services and Management utilizing narrative traditions from the field of Anthropology, …  

… as being taught and learnt today, principles such as ‘self reliance’ as part of home rule movement for the Indians by Gandhi the Mahatma did yield results. Practice knowledge and wisdom of ‘Ubuntu’ in many African nations existed. Many seers and wise men, therapists and managers talked of inner wealth and urged individuals, groups, communities, and those in the corporate world to look within for solutions to their modern day problems, issues and dilemmas.

Nelson Mandela very passionately utilized ‘ubuntu’ practice in South Africa and concepts such as ‘gross national happiness’ were spoken by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan in Asia. King Jigme, now 50, suggested that nations be measured by “gross national happiness”; the rich are not always happy, after all, while the happy generally consider themselves rich.

Strengths based practices encompass all human activity today. They have become far more pervasive than what they were thought to be as more and more individuals, groups, communities and societies have started considering them as the only hope to build hope and work with hope.

The Brisbane Institute is a leading collective of strengths based front liners, a trainer and consultant practitioner group of people not restricted by residence to Brisbane but present predominantly in all Austral Asian countries and the Asia Pacific region.


  • The Brisbane Institute contributes its member’s personal and collective expertise and utilises its combined extensive professional networks as necessary to carry out strengths based projects. In addition, the Institute has already built collaborative relationships with various international teaching institutes. These collaborative relationships have been possible due to either the visits of our Members to these institutes or through previous active partnership. Generally these are through a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Previous and ongoing partnerships and collaborations include: … //

… Modus Operandi:

  • The various members of the Institute contribute their personal and collective expertise and utilise their extensive professional networks as necessary to carry out particular projects. In addition, the Institute has built collaborative relationships with various international teaching institutes such as the National Institute for Small Industry Extension Training (NISIET), Hyderabad, Department of Social Work, Kadambari Memorial College of Science and Management, Kathmandu, Nepal and the Bala Vikasa Social Service Society, Sri Lanka School of Social Work run under the auspice of National Institute of Social Development, Department of Social Welfare, Government of Sri Lanka and aid agencies and programs, including Oxfam, AUSAID and AYAD (Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development).
  • Since the resources available to the Institute do not reside with any one individual member of the organisation, projects are undertaken in a collaborative manner with joint ownership and pooling of available resources. Therefore all potential projects are discussed in detail and are endorsed by a sufficient number of suitably qualified Institute members before they may proceed.
  • Not all members of the Institute will directly engage with all projects; however all projects do have more than one sponsor or supporting partner in most of these countries and members will contribute their various skills as necessary. Projects undertaken by the Institute are regularly discussed and monitored by all members of the Institute throughout the project’s life.

Key Facilitator: … (full long text).

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