Death has a strange way of focusing us on the good times, on the positive experiences of the deceased, whatever the bigger picture may have looked like. In this episode Steve reflects on the recent sudden death of his ex-wife, but this is more of an emotional tribute to the ways in which the two children of the former marriage cope with difficult circumstances. In adversity we can sometimes draw on a well of personal strengths and qualities that we may have been unaware even existed. There are many way in which we identify and use our strengths.
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“While I thought I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.: [Leonardo da Vinci].
“The idea is to die young as late as possible.” [Ashley Montagu].
An interview with Satsanga (Lawrence Borish) where he details the story of Anna, a client from the early days of his Social Work career, and the challenges of supporting Anna to achieve her dreams within a system that unintentionally institutionalises people. The case study illustrates how a strengths approach can be put into practice, and the challenges and risks that have to be overcome in order to support people in a genuinely person-centred way.
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An interview with Satsanga (Lawrence Borish) about his life in Social Work, exploring his values and reflections on the role that a strengths approach has played in the way he engages with people. He also reflects on some of the barriers he has encountered to other people thinking and working in this way.
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When building a picture of our strengths it is important to reflect back on personal achievements and events in our history that we can take some pride in. This episode showcases a hospital radio programme built around a sponsored parachute jump on 3rd May 1981.
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“Research has shown that those who volunteer live longer.” [Allen Klein]. “Try telling that to someone who is just about to jump out of a plane.” [Steve Morgan].
What do we mean by assessment?
As a concept it applies in ordinary lives not just in formailsed services.
Most assessment focuses on the problems and deficits, so we need to be prompted to give equal attention to what we are good at.
A strengths assessment will offer resources and confidence to underpin any call-to-action.
It helps us to articulate our priorities and exert some control over our own lives. Genuinely working with strengths still has barriers to overcome.
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“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” [Orison Swett Marden – American Author 1850-1924].