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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

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Training Programs


The following training areas are currently made available through the Brisbane Institute of Strengths based Practice 

Dr Venkat Pulla offers these programs with both in house (BISBP) colleagues and also involves trainers from the organisation that consults us. Organisational collaboration encourages leaving with the organisations an opportunity to experiment, grow and develop a strengths based practice suitable to their needs.

1. Transformational Imaginations To Build Strengths - prelude talk to launch half a day to two day training programmes

2. Strengths based practice for our own health: a common sense approach - A practice centering exercise with welfare and social work professionals ability to increase their coping and resilience

3. Creative solutions form within: listening to your inner selves- two day workshop for organisational  founders, committee members and individuals with high achievement orientation. Originally launched in a mental health NGO.

4. Intentional conversations: what are they about?- A deliberate planned technique that allows accomplished

5. 'Intentional perspectives approach' (IPA) what is it all about? Public sector management

6. 'Intentional perspectives approach' (IPA) what is it all about? Contexting with in Organisational development - Dr Venkat Pulla and Peter Binyon

7. 'Intentional perspectives approach' (IPA) what is it all about? Relevance to Team building - Dr Venkat Pulla

8. Child Centred Strengths based practice- ridiculous without the family? Challenging the fundamentals of Child protection and making us think. - Dr Venkat Pulla

9. Strengths based practice with families - Dr Venkat Pulla

10. Building Community resilience for children and families - Dr Venkat Pulla

11. Putting human values in work pace – Venkat Pulla, Rita Kugler,  Dr Coralie Graham

12. Gandhi today. Non violent Community actions- spreading to individual lifestyles -  Dr Venkat Pulla, Palani Thevar

13. Coping and resilience – in children

14. Coping and resilience in turbulent times

15. Change your mind and keep it series- individual and organisational contexts

16. The meeting industry –maximising participation-

Listening to your cultures within:

To form the capitol of capital.

Strengths based strategic Practice SbsP addresses primordial concerns and builds somatic connections with a human face.

It compels managers to listen to their cultures within and is designed as a participative facilitated venture that lets an organization explore cultural interconnectedness to employee development.

It is qualitative and vital to develop work autonomy and upgrade core business.


1. Motivational Talk - One hour at business luncheon, Business breakfast, team meeting preludes

Recently offered to the Tata Chemicals, Mumbai in 2007. 

Full length narrative introduction of Dr Venkat Pulla

Dr Venkat Pulla, is a an accredited Practitioner of Social Work well recognised in Australia and overseas as a highly committed trainer of human values and strengths based social work practice frameworks for empowerment of clients and staff within the teams. To Venkat there is only one perspective of human rights: ‘that no one is ever abused, harmed and violated’. Venkat utilises a process called ‘intentional perspectives approach’ (IPA) that focuses on ensuring survival -first; growth and development of pervasive consciousness -second. His facilitation, through IPA allows him and his and co-learners to dream and work pragmatically towards ensuring full development of potential without compromising. Venkat sees a great majority of people innocently, ignorantly or purposively leading veiled lives. ‘Venkat believes that ‘their darkness produces abuse, neglect, want, discrimination and even situations of under privileging of others’. Venkat’s tactical conversations cause gentle nudges for such slumbering humanity without sounding provocative. ‘In simple terms, if they are not awake they are not aware’. This summarises Venkat’s rationale of his style of training and interventions. As one of the pioneers in strength based practice, he offers professional supervision, process facilitation for managing change and wide ranging assistance to the not-for-profit sector and organisational development.

Venkat spent some 15 years preparing social work graduates and a couple of years in capacity development of public sector management through British Aid (DFID) Projects in Metros India. At the Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies, Osmania University. In India he received a Fellowship of the Ashoka International Foundation, Washington and received other concurrent supports to  become an international travelling  activist/ lecturer for two years covering countries such as Germany, Netherlands, UK, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India and the USA, presenting and researching the inextricable relationships between development, welfare and ecology. Venkat is a Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Social Worker, a Tata Dorabji Scholar and has a doctorate in the field of Community Development obtained in India. His work life includes positions as Head of the Social Work Department at the Northern Territory University, Darwin for three years and several years  in India in Teaching and Training at the College of Social Work, Hyderabad, and He has recognition in areas of training for performance measures, quality, change management, strength based child protection, family directed practice, trauma torture counselling and refugee resettlement. His policy consulting included health policy, urbanisation, poverty alleviation, social infrastructures, disability and aged care, wage reform, employee strategies, and industrialisation.

His life has been an incredible journey. It has savoured vignettes at the coal face in human services as well as offered him stints of consulting to India’s National Commission on Urbanisation, set up by Rajeev Gandhi, a visionary Prime Minister. It threw open a travelling lectureship around the USA, Europe and Asia and brought in consulting opportunities with federal and state departments and international non-government organisations such as ICCO, Memisa and HIVOS from the Netherlands, BFW and EZE from Germany, OXFAM and ODA from the United Kingdom and UNICEF amongst others. 

In 1992 he moved to Australia as the foundation Head of Social Work at the Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia for four years. Since 1996 Venkat worked extensively with refugees and migrants being the Acting Coordinator of Brisbane Migrant Resource Centre. Later, he moved to Queensland’s Department of Families to do Child Protection work and did various stints starting from Family Services Officer, Team Leader, Senior Practitioner and Senior Quality Assurance Officer. Within the Disability Services he held Acting Manager Professional and Specialist Services positions and currently holds a Senior Social Work position.

Venkat has extensive clinical as well as organisational experience across a wide range of service settings.  His approach is completely hands on that ensure quality in all his consultancies. Venkat has founded the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice which innovates and advances a variety of training methodologies that actively interact and manage change. Until recently he has been the Vice President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Queensland and is a member of the accreditation panel for schools of social work in Australia and Convenor, International Social Work Interest Group, AASW (QLD)

Venkat can be contacted at


and on 00 61 422 345 982



Conference of Social Work Ljubljana 2013 Slovenia Europe

5th Congress of Social Work Ljubljana 2013 Slovenia Europe


25-27 SEPTEMBER 2013


The symposium will be held on

26th September 2013 in Ljubljana, Hotel Mons,

Slovenia as part of the 5th Congress of Social Work. Working language is English.

Current economic crisis initiated many states considering themselves as welfare states to introduce social changes that distanced them from the concept of welfare by introducing the concept of workfare and punitive state. Neoliberal or neoconservative ideological assumptions got an important place in social policies and can be recognised in social rights cuttings, obstacles to accessibility of and eligibility to services, and in increased dependency on labour market for survival. The most obvious consequences are increase in poverty, homelessness and severe social problems. These changes affect social work in different ways throughout the world.



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