Goal 5 Strategies

  • Use a skills inventory to have people assess themselves along various self-care and life skills dimensions.


  • Assume people have skills. Ask, “What are your strongest skills?” not “Do you have any skills?” Other fruitful questions include:

“Have you experienced a time when you were able to sustain your recovery or sense of wellness for a day? What worked?”

“What are you good at? What have you been good at in the past?”

“How have you survived the things that have happened in your life? What strengths have kept you going?”

  • Share your observations about the member’s skills.


  • Invite people to share their story. Listen to how they frame the narrative of their life and explore what they view as their primary challenges.


  • Discuss strengths, and collaboratively identify area to be strengthened. What is most important to the person and the community to work on first? For example, learning to sleep in a bed, showing up on time for sessions, keeping their room clean, learning to cook, and so on.


  • Use the BPS assessment as a guide for a dialogue in which you explore the person’s current and past experience in various life domains.


  • Support the person in identifying strategies, actions, and staff or other resources that will support their growth in two or three priority areas.

Published 2020

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