Strength Based Strategies 2006 Global Conference (SBT2006)

Venue: NISIET Hyderabad

Location: Hyderabad India, Andhra Pradesh, India

Event Date/Time: May 20, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 30, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Aug 30, 2006
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The Brisbane Institute of Strengths based Practices and Indian-based NGO Sanghamitra are pleased to announce the inauguration of an exciting new international conference, The International Conference towards Strengths Based Practice that Works with Individuals, Groups and Communities will be convened in Hyderabad, India from 10-12 November 2006.
This International conference aims to create a global interconnectedness between people seeking solutions for their local problems. It promotes a resilience approach as opposed to simply meeting deficits.
We don¡¦t intend asking at this conference ¡¥what problems do we have?¡¦ Instead we ask, ¡¥what strengths do we have which allowed us to remain resilient despite the challenges we face?¡¦ Unprecedented global transformations have occurred in the last two decades of the last century.
Some societies are still reeling in their aftermath. People asking for peace seem to be outnumbering those who want a war. There is a true global hunger for principal leadership and collective wisdom that can actively re-engage individuals, groups and communities, in our societies. The search is on for strengths- based practices at local, national and global levels, for strategies and actions that work.
The Conference
The 2006 inaugural international conference towards strength based strategies that work with individuals, groups and communities is an exciting event that will bring together professional and expert practitioners from Australia, India, The United States of America, Canada and the Asia Pacific Region.
Speakers include
• Dr Bob Lone, National President, Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Department of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
• Professor Lesley Chenoweth, School of Social Work, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
• Margherita Coppolino, Diversity Consultant, Activist, Disability Inclusion Worker, Melbourne, Australia
• Shri. Lingdoh
• Martin Butler, Rural Social Work Action Group, Victoria, Australia
• Professor TV Rao, International Organisational Development Consultant, India
• Dr Michael Clark, Director, Centre for Strength Based Practice, USA
• Dr Eric K Laursen, Director. Strength Based Community Development Program, USA Faculty, Virginia Commonwealth University
• Dr Bunker Roy, Founder, Barefoot College, Rajasthan, India
• Dr Kurian
• Dr U George, Toronto, Canada
• Dr V Pulla Brisbane Institute for Strengths Based Practice
• Mr Peter Binyon, Disability Services Queensland, Australia
• Dr Bogdon Lesnki University of Slovenia
• Prof Lena Dominelli University of Slovenia
• Dr Chris Sara, Distinguished Aboriginal Educationist
• Duncan Williams, Aboriginal Trainer Australia
• And several other distinguished social workers strength based practitioners from around the world
The conference program will include keynote addresses, papers and workshops on a wide variety of topics including perspectives on individual and systemic issues. Topics will a focus on strategies that work with and/or for people who have been disempowered. Target groups and strategies include people with a disability, indigenous individuals and communities and organisational development/human resource management.
In addition, the program will include pre- and post-conference institutes on the 9th and 10th and 13th and 14th of November. These additional workshops will be hosted by internationally acknowledged experts in their field and will provide opportunities for longer, more intensive discussion about specific skills and strategies.
Venue and Accommodation
The conference will be held at the NISET Campus Hyderabad. Accommodation is available close by with limited low-cost share accommodation being made available for this event. Early registration and booking is advisable. For further information about available accommodation in Hyderabad, please refer to the conference website.
Call for Papers
Before June 30th 2006-05-20 proposals to
The conference committee is currently calling for papers. It is particularly interested in hearing strength based accounts of projects and programs, methodologies, styles, practices and results that are transportable from one geographical location to another. Papers should fall within one or more of the following five conference streams:
• Strengthening individuals
• Strengthening groups
• Strengthening communities
• Matrix of collaborative work
• Strengthening human and organisational resources
Papers may take a range of formats including
• Strengths-based narratives
• Discussion of methodology and theory
• Discussion of research and outcomes
Abstracts should be between 250 and 400 words in length. Practical papers should include discussion of the following:
• What was the goal of the practice?
• What strategies were used?
• How was the target person/ group/ community empowered as a result of this practice?
• What lasting outcomes have resulted from the practice?
• How can the practice be translated? (This may form the basis of discussion within the session)

You may register for the whole conference or for one or more conference events, including pre and post conference institutes. Registration costs include all refreshments, including lunch during the conference and institutes

Conference Fees:
Basic Registration (11-12 November) $US 375.00
Conference welcome Reception (10 November) $US 60.00
Conference Dinner (11 November) $US 60.00
Total Package* $US 450.00

Pre-and Post conference Institutes (each) $US 25.00
India and South Asia Delegates Indian Rupees 4000.00 for the Conference package *includes conference welcome and dinner but excludes pre and post conference institutes.


Additional Information

Website Conference Director Dr. Venkat Pulla ƒx Conference Secretariat Mr. Chris Montgomery 16 Ashgrove Street Coalfalls Queensland 4305 Australia ƒx ƒw +61-7-3812 0039 Conference Convenor Father John V Chief Executive Officer Sanghamitra Vasant Kunj, Plot No: 3 & 4 A, Bank Colony, Jeedimetla village, Hyderabad ¡V 500 055 Andhra Pradesh, INDIA ƒx ƒw 040-23176353 / 23176354