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Start with Strengths:
Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Karen Copeland
championsforcommunitywellness.com
@KarenCope...
#startwithstrengths
#BellLetsTalk
CC Image from Wokandapix via Pixabay
1 in 5 Canadians will
experience a mental
health problem or
illness this year.
Depression is
now ten times as
prevalent as...
The plan…
• Change the lens to see and tap into:
– The Strengths of Ourselves
– The Strengths of Others
• Create healthy c...
Community Agreement
Strengths of Ourselves
Image Source: Piktochart
Seeing our own strengths
Image Source: Piktochart
What prevents us from seeing
Constant comparisons
Happiness is not a competition.
Authentic happiness derives from raising the bar
for yourself, not ra...
How do we see ourselves?
Our stories shape
who we are
Before we see the
strengths in
others…
we must first
see
the strengths
in
CC Image: Mikko Kaaresmaa https://flic.kr/p/6fSa...
CC Image from Trottalot https://flic.kr/p/a4YZhT
Change the
LENS.
Change the HABITS.
Change the STORY.
How We Want
To Be Seen…
Image via Clip Art Panda
http://www.clipartpanda.com/categories/super-mom-clipart
This is closer to reality…
What you expect life to be like when you have kids…
*START*
Dom
Dom
Raising children is far more than just fixing what is wrong
with them. It is about identifying and amplifying their
streng...
The goal of starting with strengths is not to
simply feel less miserable… but to create more
joy, more happiness, more ene...
What are “strengths”?
Strength of
Talents &
Skills
Images from
Langley Schools
What makes
your HEART
sing?
CC Image from Pixabay 3dman_eu / 7491 images
Strengths of Character
www.viacharacter.org
-30
-20
-10
0
10
20
30
40
.
Research from the Corporate Leadership Council, 2002
Strengths
+36.4%
Weakness
es
-26.8%
STRENGTH
S
Czech Republic
Saskatchewan
Hope, BC
Teachers
Sports
AthleticsStory-telling
LoveJudgmentFairness
Positive legacy
in a scho...
Seeing the
Strengths
in Others
Start With
ONE
Who are you
here for?
CC Image from Pixabay: qimono / 293 images
Bring forth
what is within
Strengths-Based Parenting
Image Source: Karen Copeland
Sometimes it starts with
remembering what it is about
our child that brings us JOY.
Inspired by Ian Brown, Author
The Boy ...
Image Credit: NOAA National Ocean Service
https://www.flickr.com/photos/usoceangov/8290528771/
What We See on the Surface
...
Image(s) Source: Karen Copeland
Image Source: Pixabay
Eye Rolling
Back Talk
Disrespectful
Language
Anger
Avoidance
Refusal...
Connect
Capable
Count
Courage
Curiosity
Image Source: Piktochart
From: B.L. Bettner & A. Lew: Raising Kids Who
Can.
Newton...
• I feel
insecure
• I seek
attention
Connected
• I feel
inadequate
• I may seek
power
Capable
• I feel
insignificant
• I m...
• I believe I
belong
• I fit in
Connected
• I believe I
can do it
• I feel
competent
Capable
• I feel
valuable
• I matter
...
Strengths-Based Education
What we see…
Depends on what we look
CCImagebyRyanHaddadhttps://flic.kr/p/inZ5S
“Connection is
why we are here.
We are hardwired to
connect with
others
-- Brene Brown
cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo ...
Agassiz
Centre
for
Educatio
n
New
Lens
New
StoriesFrom Vancouver Sun
A School Built on Strengths
My students OUR STUDENTS
Strengths-based
education is NOT…
The struggle
is important
CC Image From Tony Baldasaro https://flic.kr/p/cDBuUs
CC Image from Terry Priest https://flic.kr/p/hrxqQ
Find the
Fireflie...
A teacher’s
Firefly:
The Story
of Logan
Strengths-based education:
Helping ALL students to flourish
Strengths-Based Communities
“We presume we don’t have what we need to
solve a problem, but often what we need is on
the peripheral, we just need to lo...
Starts With Us
It starts with ONE. It starts with US.
CC Image from Pixabay - Qimono
We need to make the positive so
LOUD that the negative becomes
almost impossible to hear.
George
Couros
WWW
What are the strengths of
YOUR community?
CC Image from Purple Puppy https://flic.kr/p/9jvnkq
How can you use
your strengths to
make a
difference in
your
community?
*START*
What can I do?
We all have
strengths; our light
can break through
even the darkest of
storm clouds.
Let it.
Karen Copeland
championsforco...
“You don’t know what you are capable of until
you have the opportunity to discover it.”
Sir Ken Robinson
Use the strengths within...
To help us
FLOURISH.
The Story of
Ashley
CC Image from Marzia http://flic.kr/p/524Dsy
Bringing out the
BEST in Ashley
Video: https://youtu.be/3nZyo-jHr8Q
CC Image by Ladyvee9 https://flic.kr/p/8dwV21
Start with YOU.
Start with ONE.
Start With Strengths
to Build a Healthier Co...
Please take
some time to
share your
thoughts on
this session.
Door Prizes
Start with Strengths:
Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Karen Copeland
championsforcommunitywellness.com
@KarenCope...
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities
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Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities

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Session for parents, educators, practitioners, and community members. Facilitated with Karen Copeland.

What happens when we shift away from focusing on our kids’ challenges towards exploring and honouring their strengths? How can curiousity and storytelling strengthen relationships between our children, youth, families and community?

Learn how to move away from focusing on all the things we can't do and find out how celebrating the things we CAN do makes a huge difference for our children, families and school communities.

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Start With Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities

  1. 1. Start with Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities Karen Copeland championsforcommunitywellness.com @KarenCopeland3 Chris Wejr Chriswejr.com @ChrisWejr Sponsored by the Abbotsford Local Action Team of the CYMHSU Collaborative
  2. 2. #startwithstrengths #BellLetsTalk
  3. 3. CC Image from Wokandapix via Pixabay
  4. 4. 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness this year. Depression is now ten times as prevalent as it was in 1960
  5. 5. The plan… • Change the lens to see and tap into: – The Strengths of Ourselves – The Strengths of Others • Create healthy communities through a strengths-based approach
  6. 6. Community Agreement
  7. 7. Strengths of Ourselves Image Source: Piktochart Seeing our own strengths
  8. 8. Image Source: Piktochart What prevents us from seeing
  9. 9. Constant comparisons Happiness is not a competition. Authentic happiness derives from raising the bar for yourself, not rating yourself against others. ~Martin Seligman
  10. 10. How do we see ourselves?
  11. 11. Our stories shape who we are
  12. 12. Before we see the strengths in others… we must first see the strengths in CC Image: Mikko Kaaresmaa https://flic.kr/p/6fSa2E
  13. 13. CC Image from Trottalot https://flic.kr/p/a4YZhT Change the LENS. Change the HABITS. Change the STORY.
  14. 14. How We Want To Be Seen… Image via Clip Art Panda http://www.clipartpanda.com/categories/super-mom-clipart
  15. 15. This is closer to reality…
  16. 16. What you expect life to be like when you have kids…
  17. 17. *START*
  18. 18. Dom
  19. 19. Dom
  20. 20. Raising children is far more than just fixing what is wrong with them. It is about identifying and amplifying their strengths and virtues, and helping them find the niche where they can live these positive traits to the fullest. Dr. Martin Seligman chriswejr.com
  21. 21. The goal of starting with strengths is not to simply feel less miserable… but to create more joy, more happiness, more energy and to flourish in life.
  22. 22. What are “strengths”?
  23. 23. Strength of Talents & Skills Images from Langley Schools
  24. 24. What makes your HEART sing? CC Image from Pixabay 3dman_eu / 7491 images
  25. 25. Strengths of Character
  26. 26. www.viacharacter.org
  27. 27. -30 -20 -10 0 10 20 30 40 . Research from the Corporate Leadership Council, 2002 Strengths +36.4% Weakness es -26.8%
  28. 28. STRENGTH S
  29. 29. Czech Republic Saskatchewan Hope, BC Teachers Sports AthleticsStory-telling LoveJudgmentFairness Positive legacy in a school Confident kids Happy marriage A job that I get to use my strengths Daughter A Daughter B Wife Mom Dad Staff & Students Attention Party guy Coach Teach Reach out with love to those who need it the most Be an ally for those with less privilege and opportunitiesBe a wide-awake educator
  30. 30. Seeing the Strengths in Others
  31. 31. Start With ONE
  32. 32. Who are you here for? CC Image from Pixabay: qimono / 293 images
  33. 33. Bring forth what is within
  34. 34. Strengths-Based Parenting Image Source: Karen Copeland
  35. 35. Sometimes it starts with remembering what it is about our child that brings us JOY. Inspired by Ian Brown, Author The Boy in the Moon Image Source: Karen Copeland
  36. 36. Image Credit: NOAA National Ocean Service https://www.flickr.com/photos/usoceangov/8290528771/ What We See on the Surface Refusal Avoidance Anger Sadness The words we use are important Image Source: Pixabay
  37. 37. Image(s) Source: Karen Copeland Image Source: Pixabay Eye Rolling Back Talk Disrespectful Language Anger Avoidance Refusal Kindness Empathy Curiosity Gentleness Connection Perseverance
  38. 38. Connect Capable Count Courage Curiosity Image Source: Piktochart From: B.L. Bettner & A. Lew: Raising Kids Who Can. Newton, MA: Connexions Press, 1990.
  39. 39. • I feel insecure • I seek attention Connected • I feel inadequate • I may seek power Capable • I feel insignificant • I may seek revenge Count • I feel inferior • I may avoid Courage Responsibility in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide to Understanding & Motivating Students Dr. Amy Lew & Dr. Betty Bettner
  40. 40. • I believe I belong • I fit in Connected • I believe I can do it • I feel competent Capable • I feel valuable • I matter Count • I believe I can handle what comes • I am hopeful Courage Responsibility in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide to Understanding & Motivating Students Dr. Amy Lew & Dr. Betty Bettner
  41. 41. Strengths-Based Education
  42. 42. What we see… Depends on what we look CCImagebyRyanHaddadhttps://flic.kr/p/inZ5S
  43. 43. “Connection is why we are here. We are hardwired to connect with others -- Brene Brown cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by Andrew: http://flickr.com/photos/30235101@N06/3344044448/
  44. 44. Agassiz Centre for Educatio n New Lens New StoriesFrom Vancouver Sun
  45. 45. A School Built on Strengths My students OUR STUDENTS
  46. 46. Strengths-based education is NOT…
  47. 47. The struggle is important
  48. 48. CC Image From Tony Baldasaro https://flic.kr/p/cDBuUs CC Image from Terry Priest https://flic.kr/p/hrxqQ Find the Fireflies Rachel Macy Stafford
  49. 49. A teacher’s Firefly: The Story of Logan
  50. 50. Strengths-based education: Helping ALL students to flourish
  51. 51. Strengths-Based Communities
  52. 52. “We presume we don’t have what we need to solve a problem, but often what we need is on the peripheral, we just need to look for it.” Sir Ken Robinson
  53. 53. Starts With Us It starts with ONE. It starts with US. CC Image from Pixabay - Qimono
  54. 54. We need to make the positive so LOUD that the negative becomes almost impossible to hear. George Couros
  55. 55. WWW
  56. 56. What are the strengths of YOUR community? CC Image from Purple Puppy https://flic.kr/p/9jvnkq
  57. 57. How can you use your strengths to make a difference in your community?
  58. 58. *START*
  59. 59. What can I do?
  60. 60. We all have strengths; our light can break through even the darkest of storm clouds. Let it. Karen Copeland championsforcommunitywellness.co m #StartWithStrengths
  61. 61. “You don’t know what you are capable of until you have the opportunity to discover it.” Sir Ken Robinson
  62. 62. Use the strengths within... To help us FLOURISH.
  63. 63. The Story of Ashley CC Image from Marzia http://flic.kr/p/524Dsy
  64. 64. Bringing out the BEST in Ashley Video: https://youtu.be/3nZyo-jHr8Q
  65. 65. CC Image by Ladyvee9 https://flic.kr/p/8dwV21 Start with YOU. Start with ONE. Start With Strengths to Build a Healthier Community. Change the LENS.
  66. 66. Please take some time to share your thoughts on this session.
  67. 67. Door Prizes
  68. 68. Start with Strengths: Creating Emotionally Healthy Communities Karen Copeland championsforcommunitywellness.com @KarenCopeland3 Chris Wejr Chriswejr.com @ChrisWejr Sponsored by the Abbotsford Local Action Team of the CYMHSU Collaborative THANK YOU!

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