Responsive Practice represents the most respectful, dignified and human-centred way for helping individuals, groups and whole organizations to achieve preferred outcomes for themselves and those they serve. The beliefs and principles outlined here are consistently applied throughout all Responsive programs, including the helping professions, education, leadership and parenting.
The following beliefs about people and behaviour are foundational and guide the intentional cultivation of Responsive Practice.
- Are inherently oriented towards development and growth.
- Are at their best when they are Safe, Significant and Situated.
- Do well in relationships characterized by trust, respect, compassion, non-judgement, acceptance and positive-regard.
- Are motivated by meaning (in the moment) and meaningful (alignment with Needs, Values, Goals and Strengths).
- Have strengths, are resilient and have the capacity to change.
- Is a response to something or someone. There is no ‘reaction’. Even the quickest, most reflexive response has purpose
- Occurs in a context (Past, Present, Power) that contributes to its purpose.
- Is reflective of what people care about. It holds meaning and is driven by needs, values, goals and strengths.
- Has a reason and makes sense to the individual(s). Those reasons are understandable. That understanding can be communicated and shared when framed in light of needs, values, strengths and goals.
- Make sense. They have to or they would not exist.
- Are often responses to deeper problems.
- Are often interconnected responses to the problems we see in each other. As a consequence, problems are often relational, existing as co-constructed and interconnected “responses to responses”.
- Hint at unmet needs, violated values, untapped strengths, obstructed goals, misconstrued efforts.
- When named, affect what is possible to notice and to do in response. Naming the problem is an act of power.
Responsive Practice is an approach that moves away from traditional and reductionist views of people and behaviour. This approach is guided by foundational beliefs that challenge pathological, problem-oriented and biomedical-focused frameworks so that we may understand and approach human helping in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
We offer a wide range of training and development options, including;
- Keynote addresses
- Workshops and professional development courses
- Customized curriculum and training to meet your unique needs
- Group and Individual coaching
- Client-centred outcome and evaluation systems
- Program development and auditing