Onsite Training

Advanced Strength-Based Practice: Bringing Strengths into Your Everyday Work
Presenter: Michael D. Clark

This two-day training is the second in the skill-based training series: Strength-Based Practice Series for Community Corrections Professionals. This advanced training focuses on direct practice application. Seven 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.

In the face of so many problems and failures by probationers, how does the officer find optimism to believe in the offender’s ability to change? Many probation departments are turning to a more positive, constructive way of solving human problems. Strength-based practice seeks to find the balance between repairing weakness and amplifying strengths. Probation has long been concerned with uncovering a person’s deficits, weaknesses, and problems. The most overlooked resource in the field of probation and parole are the resources of the offender. Learn how to bring Strengths into your everyday work.

Module highlights include:

  • The Classification of Strengths: Positive Measures of Character Strengths and Resources
  • From Conceptual to Street Level: Bringing Strengths into Your Everyday Work
  • Giving Aid and Comfort to the Enemy: Helping Efforts That Give Problems Too Much Power!
  • Strengthening the Staff-Client Alliance: The Rise of Outcome-based Evidence
  • Resilience Understood: Moving Clients from Surviving to Thriving
  • How Goals Fail—Where Solutions Come From: Learning Just Enough About the Strengths Approach To Be Ineffective
  • Integration Issues: Moving A Strengths Orientation From “Good Idea” to Bedrock of Services

Upon completion, participants attending this training will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of client factors and how the staff/client relationship is a driving force to court outcomes
  • Discuss the current research into identifying and classifying offender strengths and how strengths can be incorporated into offender programming
  • Describe at least three dimensions of hope and understand how increasing the offender’s sense of hope can improve justice outcomes
  • Describe the limitations of instrument-driven measurement for building alliances
  • Be able to identify where solutions originate and how utilizing offender’s perceptions will increase productivity
About the Presenter:
Michael D. Clark, MSW, LMSW, is a trainer and consultant to organizations working with mandated clients and is a national faculty member (contractual) for the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health & Human Services (DHHS). Mr. Clark has previously held positions for 18 years as a Judicial Referee and a Senior Probation Officer with the 30th Judicial Circuit Court in Lansing, Michigan. He is now the director of the Center for Strength-Based Strategies that is committed to the research, development and training of strength-based strategies for work with mandated populations. Mr. Clark has published numerous articles on strength based practice and solution focused work with mandated clients and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He is known nationally as a strength-based consultant to Juvenile Justice, Community Corrections, Substance Abuse, Child Welfare, and Mental Health, and has presented throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and Micronesia. With more than 30 book chapters and articles to his credit, Michael has valuable information to share for working with challenging clients.

( 2 day training limited to 30 participants )

To request site-specific training, email Diane Kincaid or call APPA at (859)244-8196.

This Onsite Training falls under the following category:
Strength-Based Practice