Issue 111, May 2018 
Image from the new POSTcards from me to you

The Languages of Apology

Have you ever said sorry to someone, and yet you know they have not experienced your apology as authentic? Somehow your sincere apology did not land. This may be more likely to happen when the offence is perceived as a grave one. But it can also happen with seemingly small transgressions.
Within families, among friends, with work colleagues, in teams and community groups, hurts can take place with alarming regularity. Navigating them, genuinely trying to make repairs and learn the noble art of forgiveness, are essential ingredients of respectful relationships. Not only that, they are the balm that soothes our own wounds.
But saying sorry is often not easy.




Stickers Help Create Caring Cultures

Stickers may be little, but they can say a lot about how we respect and value each other in our schools, groups and communities.
Children love stickers—and so do many adults! Stickers are not just fun, they are an effective and simple way to reinforce positive messages and show children that they are appreciated and valued. Strength Cards for Kids stickers have a very special message—all children deserve to be recognised for the strengths they already have and for the strengths they are developing. It is through building strengths that children flourish and learn.

Strength Cards for Kids Stickers are a great adjunct to the cards with their colourful cartoon-style animal characters and their practical, affirming statements such as ‘I am brave’, ‘I try new things’, ‘I welcome others’, ‘I like to learn’ and ‘I bounce back’. There are 40 of these wonderful messages to share with children. These stickers will add colour to their journals, notebooks, pictures and writing. Perhaps each child can select and wear a different sticker every day in the classroom or at home? With 5 full sets of 40 different stickers (that’s a total of 200 stickers in each pack), you will have a useful and versatile tool for creating a caring and supportive culture in schools and families.

New Third Edition Strength Cards for Kids stickers
Cat No: 0520
$16.95 (inc GST)
Purchase here

Second Edition Strength Cards for Kids stickers (jungle theme)
Cat 0450
$12.50 (inc GST)
Purchase here

The Power of Reflective Conversations about Parenting

By Dr Jennifer Lehmann, Senior Lecturer, Latrobe University

In this complex and uncertain world there is nothing more certain than the challenges of parenting. Long has it been remarked that this fundamental role in society is undertaken without the training, supports and qualifications required for much less demanding activities. However, as the centuries have passed, we have been able to adapt and develop our parenting practices, re-think our impacts as parents on our children’s wellbeing, and alter our cultural attitudes and behaviours towards our offspring accordingly.
This does not negate the struggles we experience on a daily basis as parents, however. From the time of the birth of our child we are learning to nurture and respond to another human being with a unique combination of needs, temperament, personality, learning style and responses to the world to which they are exposed.


The following training is offered at our place in 2018:

- Strengths Approach to Practice (1 day)   -  7th August
- Tools of the Trade (1 day)   -  8th August

Note: Both Strengths and Tools workshops (above) qualify as ACA Recognised Professional Development.

- Next Steps: Tools for Creating Change Now (1 day)  -   11th October

Keep an eye on our Training Calendar for details

If you are keen to explore best practice frameworks, take a reflective approach in the work of your organisation, or consider how our resources can be used in your work, then please contact us to book a trainer to come to your organisation.
Visit our website for more information on how we can tailor training to your organisation's specific needs.

Do you have a training budget that you can't spend before June 30?

Purchase a Training Voucher for use in 2018/2019

(Available for online courses as well)

Email us - or call -  03 5446 0500

Interested in elearning?

Enrolments taken from 17th May for Strengths Approach to Practice. A special issue of SOON will come out in a couple of weeks with information on how to register for this training.
Keep an eye out for our new
Scaling Kit

Launching this month!

Digital versions of several of our products are now available and can be purchased through MyConnect (Campion Books). 
After purchase, you can download the free App onto your device of choice (excluding phones) and then access your digital library anywhere, anytime.
To find out more, click here.

The following resources are available digitally through Campion:
Card sets
The Bears
Stones...have feelings too!
Positive Parenting Cards
Strength Cards

A Vision for Supervision
What Works?
Kid's Skills
The Strengths Approach - second edition

Other digital resources are available directly from Innovative Resources website including:
The Scaling Kit App (launching soon!)
Doing Change 
Play Together Learn Together
About us

Through innovation, collaboration and research, Innovative Resources creates materials and delivers training
to help empower people to make choices and take action.

Innovative Resources is a highly-respected publisher, operating as a social enterprise. Profits generated are used for social purpose to further the work of Anglicare Victoria.
Innovative Resources is committed to advancing best practices across all areas of human services work, and developing tools and resources to enhance service delivery.

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