Te Ara Wēteri / The Wesley Way is the heart of our work. It’s based on the belief that people are the experts in their own lives. We support them to identify their strengths and skills and the changes they believe will allow them to have a better life.
Strength-based practice encourages people’s ability to be their own agents of change by creating conditions that enable them to control and direct the process of change. It creates conditions that enable people to identify and mobilise their strengths and capacities in the process of change.
Strength-based practice provides resources in a way that compliments people’s existing strengths as opposed to compensating for deficits. It acknowledges and addresses power imbalances between those we work with.
* In using the term ‘Strength-based’ WCA acknowledges the support and resources of the St Luke’s organisation, Australia.