Issue 119 Dec 2018
Wayne McCashen - The Strengths Approach
In Memory of Wayne Patrick McCashen
It is with great sadness and deep respect that St Luke's Innovative Resources acknowledges the passing of our friend and colleague, Wayne McCashen. 

St Luke's Innovative Resources is deeply indebted to Wayne's major contribution to the understanding and articulation of the strengths approach in human services. Our resources and training stand squarely on this solid foundation.
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Jingle Bells or Jangle Bells:
Self-Care at Christmas

For many people, Christmas is a time of family and fun. For others, it is a time of loneliness and loss. Do you ever think that everyone except you will be part of a rosy family group gathering around a perfectly basted turkey on Christmas Day? Be assured—even in these seemingly idyllic family scenes we glimpse though lounge room windows, difficult feelings are likely to be bubbling up along with the Christmas cheer. The reality is, every family has its tensions and pressure points—and Christmas can be a powerful trigger.
However you plan to spend Christmas Day, it is worth doing some thinking in advance about your self-care on that day. Here’s an empowering thought to consider: What if how you experience Christmas Day is largely influenced by how you decide to experience it?

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Six-Word Stories:
Speaking Volumes in Only Six Words

Six-word stories are just that; stories in six words—not five or seven but exactly six. This potent and simple method of storytelling was pioneered by Earnest Hemmingway who wrote the following poignant six-word story:

For sale, children’s shoes, never worn.

What happened? Why were they never worn? Who knows? A host of stories bloom with misty possibility beneath these six words.

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Living Questions … Are we there yet?

‘Are we there yet?’

Every parent has heard this question from the back of the car once the two minutes of ‘Eye Spy’ have worn off.

Maybe questions like this never quite go away but they just change form as we hit adolescence. They morph into questions like ‘Why am I here?’, ‘Where am I heading?  and ‘What is the meaning of my life?’  These questions may remain with us our whole lives, and they are so big they may defy pat answers. We may respond to them differently at different times in our lives.

We could call these ‘living questions’. Once questions like these come out of the bottle, they remain with us, prompting us to reflect on our values, choices and relationships in all kinds of fruitful ways—even as they may make us feel uncomfortable at times.

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Summertime Study!

To entice our summertime learners we have taken a few snippits from Strengths Approach to Practice online course and compiled a short FREE introductory course. Enroll here and and take advantage of a discount coupon that you can apply to the full course registration.

Ponder the thought of studying when and where you choose.

Strengths Approach Practice Training

Support others to identify, celebrate and mobilise their strengths.

Why study online? 
  • More convenient
  • No travel expenses
  • More comfortable
  • Meet professional PD requirements outside of work time.

Look out for our live webinar series to support online courses—starting in 2019.
Note: Group enrollments available for all courses.

(Contact us for Special Group Pricing)



Latest Course Release Also Available Online Pssst! - Coming in Early 2019
  • Intro to LGBTI Inclusive Practice (Recommended training to meet Rainbow Tick Standard 2.2)
The Rainbow Tick Standards are applicable to any organisation, regardless of industry, and support organisations to develop and implement inclusive practices for the LGBTI community.
Attend our strengths approach training and tools workshops.
In-person training is offered at our location in Bendigo, Victoria, with the possibility of additional locations in 2019.
Calendar of events

Let us tailor training to suit the specific needs of your organisation or team. We will come to you!

Have a Story to Share?

We love to hear how our resources are used in your work. If you have a story to share, please let us know. All stories published in SOON will receive a free card set.
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Office Closure over Christmas and New Year

Please be advised that St Luke's Innovative Resources will be closed from Monday 22nd December until Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
Any orders received after midday (AEST) on 19th December will be processed on 2nd January.

We wish all our supporters, collaborators and friends a healthy and happy festive season.

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