Training and Coaching

Strength-Based Practices

The Center for Strength-Based Strategies (CSBS) has become the leader across the United States for the development and delivery of training for Strength-based Practice. We are proud to champion direct practice and all our trainings are geared for the learning transfer of "how to's" and the application of a Strengths approach for one-to-one direct services.

A quick review of our past clients in the "Summaries and Resources" section demonstrates how the CSBS has become the national training authority in this practice orientation. We have trained groups large and small, those working with different ages (adolescents/adults), the different modalities of individuals, groups or families, and across multiple professional disciplines:

  • Child Welfare
  • Criminal Justice
  • Drug Courts
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Youth & Families

Our trainings are all established by request. We are contacted by agencies, schools, courts, community organizations, hospitals and state or federal departments and the training/consultations are then arranged onsite at locations/days/times that fit the schedule of the hosting organization.

For training in Strength-based Practice, our Center offers two 2-day institutes (four days total):


Training Institute – Phase I

STRENGTH-BASED PRACTICE: Moving from High-Risk to High-Yield

This two-day institute is a skill-based strengths training that focuses on skill-building for direct practice with challening clients. Seven (7) modules will be presented over the two days, utilizing multimedia presentations, interactive lecture and facilitated small and large group exercises. A mixture of small group discussions, videos, case scenarios and full room exercises keep the training pace lively and engaging.

The emphasis for this training through all seven (7) modules is on skill-building and "theory-to-practice" group work for direct application of these various curriculums. A review of the seven (7) modules include:

Module 1

Strength-based Practice: Raising Client Resources and Motivation

Module 2

Perceptions, Participation and Values: Overcoming Obstacles to Positive Behavior Change

Module 3

The Link Between Personality Types and Motivation: Finding the Real Colors® Of Your Department Staff and Clients

Module 4

Strength-Based Techniques for Challenging Clients

Module 5

Adolescent & Young Adult Development of Emotions, Reasoning And Risk-Taking: Why Do Younger Clients Think and Act So Differently?

Module 6

Strength-based Assessments: How to Find and Amplify Strengths for Effective Interventions

Module 7

Utilizing a Strength-Based Lens: Change the Viewing to Change the Doing

Training Institute Phase 2

The training institute for Phase II continues the skill-building for direct practice efforts. Seven (7) more modules will be presented in this advanced training curriculum, utilizing multimedia presentations, interactive lecture and facilitated small and large group exercises. A mixture of small group discussions, videos, case scenarios and full room exercises keep the training pace lively and engaging.

The emphasis for this Phase II training through all seven (7) modules is on skill-building and "theory-to-practice" group work for direct application of these various curriculums. A review of the seven (7) modules include:

Module 1

The Classification of Strengths: Positive Measures of Character Strengths and Resources

Module 2

From Conceptual to Street Level: Bringing Strengths into Your Everyday Work

Module 3

Giving Aid and Comfort to the Enemy: Helping Efforts That Give Problems Too Much Power!

Module 4

Strengthening the Staff-Client Alliance: The Rise of Outcome-based Evidence

Module 5

Resilience Understood: Moving Clients from Surviving to Thriving

Module 6

How Goals Fail—Where Solutions Come From: Learning Just Enough About the Strengths Approach To Be Ineffective

Module 7

Integration Issues: Moving A Strengths Orientation From "Good Idea" to Bedrock of Services