LEARNING RESOURCES

Strength-based work can be understood as an umbrella term for different disciplinary traditions that have as their goal realization of the highest potential in people and organizations. 
An important task for the National Knowledge Centre is to contribute to the spread of research-based, theoretical and practice-based knowledge from this field.

Several central theories and theoretical traditions in particular have influenced development of this field.  These are:

Positive psychology.
Postive Organization Scholarsip (POS).
Appreciative Inquiry
Social constructionism and generative theory.
Systems theory.

On the Knowledge Centre’s website, we will place field related material, news and links to these disciplinary milieus on a continuous basis.
The Knowledge Centre as well as its owners and cooperative partners have also developed an array of practical tools and concepts that can be used in strength-based processes of change.

Examples of such practical tools are:

Acknowledging student conversations

Strength card (accompanying card). A tool for the identification of and conversation about one’s own and others’ strengths.

Response card. A tool to develop and train skills in acknowledging communication and to locate strengths in oral presentations and written work.

Road map. A relational tool for the creation of hope and the promotion of inner motivation in work with the Individual Plan in the Health and Social Services sector, or with learning goals in the school system.

Smart upbringing”. A tool to train children’s social skills in the preschool and grade school – and a tool to train children to put words to their own and others’ strengths.