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of Strengths Based


Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice


Propagates, and Supports Strengths Based Human Resource Development

Through Strengths-Based Strategies, Appreciative Inquiry,

Asset Based Community Development and Counselling Approaches




Kathmandu Conference Nepal

10-12 December


17-19 June Bali, Indonesia


Hyderabad Conference Brisbane Institute

Hyderabad Conference India


Kathmandu Conference Nepal


Sarajevo Conference 2011

Sarajevo Conference

Bosnia and Herzegovina


Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice Australia

Brisbane Conference

Queensland, Australia


Coping Resilience International Conference Dubrovnik Brisbane Institute

Dubrovnik Conference Croatia


Hyderabad Conference Brisbane Institute

Hyderabad Conference India



Professor Lesley Chenoweth

A Charles Sturt University Initiative

 Curriculum Development on Environment Sustainability

in Social Work

Professor Lesley Chenoweth

Responding to the Challenges of Contemporary and Future Human Services - Beyond Survival to Proactive Change

The Role and Direction of Social Work and Human Services in the current Economic environment

Cooking for Social Work

New Zealand Workshops

Working With Challenging Clients: Motivation, Cooperation And Assisting Behaviour Change

workshops Sarajevo, Bosnia, Vive Zene, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina Workshops


Dr Venkat Pulla

AWARDED in India


3rd Right every Wrong Conclave


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Brisbane Institute Strengths Strategies

Strengths Approach, Human Resource

Development, Social change, Transition societies, Role of youth, Entrepreneurship development, Governance and people strengthening practices, Volunteers development

Asset Based Community Development Micro credits and finance



Ignorance of Ability Brings Disability

"This is a short film I did in 2005

and it was nominated for

India-International Film Festival on disability ......"



5.4 million Australians volunteer with that figure representing approximately 35% of the population. The estimated value of volunteering is $70 billion.
The complete survey report is available on the

Volunteering Australia website.




Wayne McCashen, The Strengths Approach

 Wayne McCashen is the author of the books The Strengths Approach: A strengths-based resource for sharing power and creating change and Communities of hope: A strengths-based resource for building community; and co-author of the card-based resource Name the Frame: Reminders for building respectful socially just decisions. Wayne has 30 years experience in the human services including youth work, family work, community development, training and professional development, staff supervision, and management. His qualifications are in the fields of social work and community development.

John Armstrong, inaugural chair of Citizen Advocacy Australia

John Armstrong is a Social Role Valorisation  trainer. He received recognition as a Senior SRV Trainer with Dr Wolfensberger and the Training Institute in Syracuse NY. Since 1991. In addition to standard SRV and PASSING training, John conducts training and consultancy for agencies on request that can be tailored to their requirements. 

Michael D. Clark, (MSW, LMSW) is a Consultant, Trainer and an Addictions Therapist

Michael D. Clark (MSW, LMSW) is a Consultant, Trainer and an Addictions Therapist. Currentlythe Director of the Center for Strength-Based Strategies, United States, He provides training and/or onsite technical assistance to mental health, criminal justice and child welfare organizations throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and Micronesia. More about Michael HERE

Lesley Chenoweth BSocWk, MSocWk, PhD Professor of Social Work

Lesley Chenoweth BSocWk, MSocWk, PhD is the foundation Professor of Social Work at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia and is Head of the Logan Campus of Griffith University. She has more than thirty years experience as a social work practitioner and academic, twenty of these in the disability area. She is a regular consultant to government and community organisations and has served on numerous boards and committees for disability, legal and family welfare agencies. Lesley is a regular invited speaker at conferences both in Australia and overseas. Lesley has participated in every conference of the Institute.


Former Members

KERRIE-ANN WALLIS B.A. (Hons 1st Class) AIMM, has been elected as Executive Treasurer 2010-2012.  Kerrie–ann is a member of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Customer Service Association, and the Australian Association for Psychological Type.  Kerrie-ann’s professional experience covers more than twenty years in administration & accounts management and Human Resources.  Kerrie–ann is also an Accredited Practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  Kerrie-ann has had lifelong a passion for the arts, culture & history.  She continues to read and research comparative religions with a view to one day converting her studies to a PhD.  This year she commences post-graduate studies in Human Services to support her front-line service role with QLD Department of Communities.
Chris Montgomery Chris Montgomery has worked in the field of intellectual disability for the last 20 years. He is widely known and respected both nationally and internationally for his work convening the annual Sharing the Road conference for disability support workers in Queensland.  Chris has worked as a direct support worker, a manager of support work and most recently in the development of statewide reporting systems. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role as the foundation Secretary of the Institute.
Rita Kugler Chartered Accountant Rita Kugler is a Chartered Accountant with nearly 20 years experience in the private, public and community sectors.  Rita was born in Argentina and migrated to Australia with her parents and sister in 1977. Rita was invited to the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice, as its founding member and fulfilled the role of treasurer for 2 years and since her move to New South Wales, continues to be an advisor on financial and general management to the Institute.

Ram, mainly known as Mr. Karuppiah Ramanathan, an accountant by profession, Ram runs the Remox Exchange. Ram has been the Treasurer on the board of management for two years 2008 and 2009. Ram is a member of the National Institute of Accountants in Australia.

Coralie Graham

Coralie Graham holds a PhD is Psychology and has been interested in areas of positive psychology, including the impact of resilience, adaptability and spirituality on health.


Christine Radke

Christine Radke has worked as a support professional and manager in the field of intellectual disability support for over two decades and has been actively involved in welfare and community support for more years than she can remember. Chris has enjoyed a number of work roles, the majority relating to direct service provision to individuals with an intellectual disability who have high and complex support needs.  Chris is one of the foundation members of the Institute.

Stefan Bakaj Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice Stefan Bakaj is a Slovenian born Australian Citizen. Stefan holds a degree in Visual Arts and Social Work (Hons 1st Class). He participated in a number of group exhibitions prior to becoming a Social Worker and continues to engage with his artistic endeavours. Stefan spent some time living in Russia studying the language and culture.   He was the President of the Alumni of the University of Queensland Social Work and Human Services and continues to remain on the Alumni committee as part of the team organising professional development opportunities for Social Workers. Stefan is a contributing author in Social Work and Welfare Practice (4th edition) by O’Connor, Willson and Sutterlund. Stefan works for the Department of Communities in Queensland Government as a Senior Social Worker.
Kimberley Lloyd-Jones graduated from the School of Human Services, Griffith University in 2002. Kimberley has worked extensively in the disability sector both with the government and non-government organisations. Kimberley currently works for the Queensland State Government in the disability services area. Kimberley manages a team who works in direct service delivery and funding. Kimberley has been a member on the board of the Queensland Advocacy Service and Palliative Care. Kimberley's particular area of interest is person centered practice and program development and implementation.

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