FREDERICTON RESIDENTIAL YOUTH SERVICES INC.
providing care, support and guidance to children and youth 

           
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Working from a Strength Based Approach...


Historically the child welfare system, including residential programs, has focused on a child’s deficits. This system only serves to reinforce a perspective which focuses on the negative aspects. The goal of a strength based system is to focus on progress, successes and gains.

More specifically the objectives of our work with children/youth is to help them reach their potential by:


  • Assisting to identify their personal strengths
  • Focusing on progress and gains made, no matter how small or significant
  • Celebrating successes
  • Avoiding setting children/youth up for defeat ( i.e. unrealistic goals)
  • Looking for exceptions (when does this work well and why?)
  • Offering encouragement and praise
  • Re-framing events to help kids see the positive