By Mary Fenwick BC09
I heart teenagers. Really.
But I was a bit worried about standing up in front of 200 of them, with no visible means of support.
So, a big shout out – as we dudes say – to everyone who got in touch after my last blog asking for help with my secondary school workshop on strengths.
These are the main points, which others might want to use:
Alex Linley, founder of the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology (capp.eu) gave me the following, which is my nomination for top ten-second briefing:
“The essential thing is to understand what we mean by strengths. A strength is something that is energising for you and that you are good at. Another way of saying energising is that it is something that you enjoy.
The key thing to get across is that in the Capp definition of strengths, it is the combination of energy and performance that defines a strength, rather than just performance alone.
We also take this further by adding the dimension of use, which helps us to distinguish realised strengths (which are used frequently) and unrealised strengths (which are used less frequently). In turn, learned behaviours are things that we are good at but don’t enjoy, and weaknesses are things that we are neither good at nor do we enjoy!”
And I was also put in touch with the first issue of the Celebrating Strengths newsletter, which specializes in positive psychology adapted for schools.
So I’m now going on the first ever UK training workshop on this specific subject in October. Another way of putting this is to say – you know how I said I was getting paid to do the workshop in July? – I’ve spent that fee three times already.
For information about the Celebrating Strengths newsletter or workshop contact Belinda Catt, email@example.com