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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.

Principles and Processes of Strengths Based Practice in Human Services One day introductory workshop



20 MARCH, 2020

Impact Community Services,

108 Bargara Road, Bundaberg

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM



16-17 April, 2020

Venue TBA

Strengths Based Practices (SBPs)


focus on the inherent strengths of individuals, families, groups and organisations using peoples' personal strengths to aid recovery.

provide empowering alternatives to traditional methods and avoid negative labeling and discriminatory language.

critique pessimistic conceptualisations of conditions.

build and foster hope by working with precedent successes.


The core elements that I reiterate at workshop are that

                    All people have strengths and capacities

                    People can change

                    People change and grow through their strengths and capacities

                    Problems can blind people from noticing their strengths

                    People do have expertise to solve the problem


Participative workshops that consider questions such as:

What has worked for you before? What does not work for you? And what might work for you in the present situation? These three questions will help to make important changes in the processes and goals of engagement. You will notice a variety of changes. We will work on your everyday experience and together find new ways to mitigate issues and concerns that confront us.

 The workshop is highly recommended for people working in child protection, allied health, hospital settings, private practice, community development, refugees and migrant welfare; aged care, domestic violence, youth work, NDIS, nursing homes, juvenile justice, school counselling, performance management amongst other areas.

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I taught social work and human services in many Universities in Australia, the latest being the Catholic University until May 2018. I have been the founding Head of the Department of Social Work, Northern Territory University which is renamed as Charles Darwin University. CDU. The other Universities where I taught are: the Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, (2 years) & a semester at the Sunshine Coast universities.
I tutored indigenous students in Nursing, Human Services, Sociology of health at QUT and at Griffith Universities.
Cumulatively, I hold over nine and half years of Australian academic experience including as Head of the Department or School, for three years. > READ MORE


Dr Venkat Pulla NAPSWI Lifetime Achievement Award: Lecture on

"A Personal transformational opportunity through a social work career"


Venkat Pulla

Team 2019 - 2021


President and Foundation Professor:

Venkat Pulla, MA, PhD
Training and Research Faculty
Dr Abraham Francis, James Cook University, Dr Anne Riggs, Melbourne, Pamela Trotman, Norther Territory, Rebecca Binyon, Brisbane, Prof. Sanjai Bhatt, Delhi University, Assistant Professor, Acting Chair, B.R Nikku, Thomson River University, Canada

Conferences and Training Europe and Asia Pacific 2019-2021
Sub Committee:

Research Associate: 

Elizabeth Carter, Australia, Brisbane

Conference Manager:

Dragan Bombek

Facilitators of the Conferences:

Bharath Bhushan Mamidi, Dr Keshav Walke, Hyderabad


Dragan Bombek Conference Dubrovnik 2009
Dragan Bombek Conference Dubrovnik 2009
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Dragan Bombek Conference Sarajevo

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