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Strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding at-risk children, youth, and families that is exceptionally positive and inspiring. Its focus is on strength-building rather than flaw-fixing. It begins with the belief that every individual has or can develop strengths and utilize past successes to mitigate
problem behavior and enhance functioning. This presentation will highlight many of the key principles and techniques of this transforming modality. Areas covered include: What is strength-based practice and the power of a positive attitude and culture; the effects of trauma and positive emotions on the brain; how and why to create trauma-informed treatment environments; changing negative mindsets and the deleterious effects of pejorative labeling; strength-based communication principles and techniques