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Strengths in Education


Rooted in Strengths: The Branching of a New Model of Strength-Based Interprofessional Practice and Education (SB-IPE)

Speaker: Dr. Teri Kennedy, University of Kansas

Although focused on the inherent strengths of people and society, the strengths perspective is often framed around a specific role (i.e., case manager), profession (e.g., social worker or nurse), or process (i.e., strengths-based case management, strength-based nursing care) as they relate to the care of individuals and families, rather than to the interprofessional team or team-based care. This presents an opportunity to apply the strengths perspective to an interprofessional team-based approach to health and social care. This presentation will review the development of interprofessional practice and education (IPE) and the evolving role of the patient voice through a strengths perspective lens. It will propose a new model of Strengths-Based Interprofessional Practice and Education (SB-IPE) incorporating appreciative inquiry and narrative methods and its potential application to advance strengths-based interprofessional practice, education, policy, research, and theory.



When the Strengths Perspective Comes Alive: Strategies for Teaching Strengths-Based Social Work in the Classroom and Field         

Speakers: Shelby Clark, University of Kansas & Kelechi Wright, University of Kansas

Using the six principles of the strengths-perspective identified by Dr. Saleebey in 2013 as a foundation for strengths-based social work, this interactive workshop will focus on strategies for teaching the strengths perspective to developing social workers in field practicum and classroom settings. Participants will be encouraged to think about moving the strengths-perspective from something educators talk about, to something they live and embody. In many ways, the strengths perspective is a departure from business as usual social work. Participants will examine traditional social work education methods and will reimagine teaching strategies to create meaningful, strengths perspective infused learning opportunities.