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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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Ignorance of Ability Brings Disability

"This is a short film I did in 2005

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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

Director of Conferences:

Palani Thevar

Facilitators of the Conferences:

Bharath Bhushan Mamidi, Dr Keshav Walke, Hyderabad


Dr Venkat Pulla

Dr Venkat Pulla, MA, PhD (Social Work), MAASW (Accredited), APASWE Foundation  Professor, Brisbane Institute of Strengths Brisbane, Qld, is an Indian born Australian Human Services Mgt Consultant and motivational speaker. He is the Principal of Impetus Global Consulting and is Foundation Professor at the Brisbane Institute of Strengths-based practice.

Professor Pulla offers training in Strengths approach in human services. and offers grounded theory and research writing Master Classes globally. Professor Pulla has been utilising Appreciative Inquiry in Middle and Senior Management Training in Strategic Leadership, and has undertaken a six-week OvationNet AI Workshop under the workshop leadership with David Cooperrider, in the Spring of 2011. He has been the Head of the School of Social Work, Northern Territory University, and taught At Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt & at Sunshine Coast and tutored at Griffith and
Queensland University of Technology.

He is a Tata Dorabji Merit scholar from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India).
Research interests: Human coping & resilience, green social work. He has co-edited volumes on Strengths-based practice, 2012; Perspectives on coping and resilience , 2013; Theories, experiences, and challenges in community work , 2014; Advancing social work in mental health through strengths-based practice, 2014; Some aspects of community empowerment and resilience, 2015; and the Lhotsampa People of Bhutan-
Resilience and Survival, 2016 and is editing 'Discrimination, Challenge and Response', 2019, (Palgrave- Macmillan.) As an academic, he makes
significant contributions to Social Work education to SAARC countries.
He has published with Sage, Routledge, Macmillan, Palgrave, and Wilfred Laurier Press- Canada; Primrose Hall- UK and Australia; Fernwood, California and others in Asia.

He is a recipient of NAPSWI – India Lifetime achievement award 2015, and Karma veer Puraskar,-Global Indian Social Worker Award-2008.


Scopus ID 56007950700
Editorial Responsibilities:  Joint Editor-in-Chief, Journal Space and Culture, India,

SJR (Scimago Journal & Country Rank) | Scopus Cite Score

International Journal of Social Work and Human Services ( Proquest)
International Journal of Innovation, creativity and change ( Scopus)
The International Journal of Community and Social Development ( Sage)


Rebecca Binyon BSW (Hons), Consulting in: Strategic & Business Planning
Rebecca Binyon   graduated with an Honours degree in Social Work from the University of South Australia in 1991.
Rebecca is an experienced leader and manager of human services. Twenty years of diverse practice in leadership, change management, business analysis and redesign. project and management positions across NGOs and government services.
Passionately committed to making a positive difference, through designing and delivering customer centric professional and sustainable services.. Rebecca has applied management practices in community sector settings including, State Level Coordination for Canteen – The Australian organisation for teenagers living with cancer and as the President of Brisbane’s leading community Musical Theatre company, Ignatians Musical Society since 2001, producing large scale musicals that have played to critical and popular success to ten’s of thousands of patrons.


Dr Abraham P. Francis teaches social work  at James Cook University in Australia with international exposure and extensive experience in community development and mental health. He taught social work at the Delhi University in India and also worked as a senior mental health social worker with Country Health South Australia, before moving to Townsville to join James Cook University. He held a stint in Queensland health as Assistant Director of Social work. Dr Francis is associated with many voluntary organisations, associations, professional bodies and developmental projects both in Australia and India. Dr Francis has established international partnerships and research collaborations with universities and non-government organisations in Asia. He is the convener of the international consortium on strengths based social work practice in mental health and has been the founding honorary director of the DePaul International Centre for Wellbeing, India. Dr Francis is passionate about working and researching in strengths based practice in mental health. His other research interests are in the field of communities, criminal justice, international social work, and gerontological social work.


Dragan Bombek

Dragan Bombek, a creative media developer and publisher , who designs websites for  non profits companies and medium sized businesses. Dragan has worked on all conference material for International Conferences. Dragan is one of the foundation members of of the Institute. From 2001 - 2004  Dragan worked on  Zena 21 (Women 21) - Project of NGO from Sydney supported by STARTTS and Federal Department of Family and Community Services. Australia. He has founded a Dream Band Club Inc -  that organized Multicultural Performances for former Yugoslavian Diaspora in Australia. Dragan has previously designed art exhibitions since 1993 in Vienna, Austria and in Essen, Germany, He also organised the first satellite broadcasting to Bosnia since war, with help of the Eurovision Geneva.  Dragan was scenario and director of the short movie Sarajevo is ...Sarajevo.


Palani Thevar, BSW University of Queensland

Palani Thevar, BSW ( University of Queensland)  was born in the small village of U. Pudukkottai to an agricultural family near the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.  Palani has always been deeply impressed by the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi’s work and has worked extensively in the community sector throughout India. He obtained his Master’s degree in Peace Making from the Madurai Kamaraj he Madurai Kamaraj University and completed a Master of Philosophy at Gujarat Vidyapith (founded by Gandhi in 1920). Since 1996, Palani has lived in West End, Brisbane. Presently Palani is employed by the Communities department at Oxley Disability Service Centre.   He is currently the President of the Federation of the Indian Communities in Queensland.

Duncan Williams, an aboriginal Mura Ama Wakaana

Duncan Williams, an aboriginal Mura Ama Wakaana

Duncan Williams   identifies himself as an aboriginal person. 'Mura Ama Wakaana' literally means 'people working together’. Duncan has put together a wonderful training package that sensitizes public servants in Queensland to the history of the aboriginal communities in Australia. Duncan's mother was instrumental in seeing that Duncan kept his contact with his nativity, culture and his people from his father's side. Duncan's maternal heritage is part Irish. Duncan is one of the founding members of the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice.





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