A strengths-based approach is the foundation of the wraparound services provided to our students and families, whether in the classroom, in the home, on the basketball court or engaged in any activity.
The approach has its foundation in social work, but can be used in nearly every field of human endeavor. Essentially, the approach builds upon a person’s strengths, resources and resiliency, particularly in difficult circumstances and times of change.
Rather than identify and focus on problems, the approach helps individuals claim their dignity, capacities, rights and quirks. It has been said that in this method, “We glance at the weaknesses and gaze at the strengths.” Helping our students and families identify and own their strengths and resiliency is central to our work and a key reason why those who work at St. Joseph’s Indian School love their jobs.
Strength-based tools used to ensure that all staff understand and employ the approach include training in:
- Life Space Crisis Intervention – turning crisis situations into opportunities
- Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Program (CPI) – safely managing disruptive and crisis situations
- The Circle of Courage – integrating Native American cultural wisdom and modern youth developmental research
- Olweus Bullying Prevention Program – focusing on long-term change to create a safe and positive environment