Video: Start with Strengths

When we start with #strengths, everyone benefits. A strengths-based approach helps us build stronger connections with the children we support. When we build on the strengths of the children, we see growth and success that we may have missed if we were simply focusing on challenges.

Karen Copeland from Champions for Community Mental Wellness suggests we “rethink the iceberg”, change the lens. While we look for areas to support children let’s also look for strengths. We can find ways to draw these strengths to the surface and help them shine. When we focus on a child’s skills and character strengths it can bring out the best in them and help them feel seen, respected, valued and connected. Research shows that when we focus on strengths we see significant increase in success rates.

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