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Identifying Strengths
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, CIBHP

• Explore questions to identify strengths
• Explain how understanding temperament can help people live more authentically and capitalize on their strengths
• Brainstorm PACER strengths-based interventions

Helping People Identify Their Strengths
• Purposeful Action / Miracle Question
• What has helped in the past?
• What might help in the future?
• Scaling questions—
• On a likert scale, when you have been a 3 what was different?
• You are at a 1 now, what would it take to get to a 2
• What resources do you have that you can draw on?
• Clifton Strengths Finder
• VIA Signature Strengths Inventory

Temperament (Environment / Socialization)
• Are expansive; less passionate
• Easy to get to know
• Like meeting new people
• Would rather figure things out while they are talking
• Often enjoy background noise
• Know what is going on around them rather than inside them
• Often do not mind interruptions
• Are often considered good talkers
• Extrovert
• Introvert
• Are intense and passionate
• Difficult to get to know
• Exert effort to meet new people
• Figure things out before they talk
• Prefer peace and quiet
• Are more likely to know what is going on inside them
• Dislike being interrupted
• Are often good listeners

Temperament (Information Processing)
• Are practical and realistic
• Prefer facts and live in the real world
• Content in general
• Would rather do than think
• Focus on practical, concrete problems
• See the details and may ignore the big picture
• Want specifics and tend to be very literal
• May think that those preferring intuition are impractical
• Believe “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”
• Sensing
• iNtuitive
• Are imaginative dreamers
• Prefer abstraction, inspiration, insights
• Live in the world of possibilities
• Would rather think than do
• Focus on complicated abstract problems
• See the big picture but miss the details
• Love word games
• May think that those preferring the practical lack vision
• Believe anything can be improved
• Focus on the future and possibilities

Temperament (Motivation)
• Like words such as principles, justice,
• Respond to people’s thoughts
• Value objectivity above sentiment
• Can assess logical consequences
• Believe it is more important to be just than merciful
• Assess reality with a true/false lens
• May think that those who are sentimental take things too personally
• May argue both sides of an issue for mental stimulation
• Thinking
• Feeling
• Like words such as care, compassion, mercy, intimacy, harmony, devotion
• Respond to people’s values
• Value sentiment above objectivity
• Good at assessing the human impact
• Believe it is more important to be caring/merciful
• Assess reality with a good/bad lens
• Think that those preferring objectivity are insensitive
• Prefer a to agree with people

Temperament (Time Management)
• Plan ahead
• Self disciplined and purposeful
• Thrive on order
• Get things done early. Plan ahead & work steadily.
• Define and work within limits
• Maybe hasty in making decisions
• Thinks those preferring spontaneity are too unpredictable
• Excellent planners. May not make use of things which are not expected
• Judging
• Perceiving
• Adapt as they go
• Flexible and tolerant
• Thrive on spontaneity
• Get things done at the last minute depending on spurt of energy
• Want more information
• May fail to make decisions
• Think that those who are not spontaneous are too rigid
• Good at handling unplanned events, but may not make affective choices among the possibilities.

Strengths Based Interventions
• Physical
• Sleep / circadian rhythms
• Nutrition / hydration
• Exercise / movement
• Oxygenation
• Physical Exam
• Ergonomics
• Pain management
• Affective / Cognitive
• Happiness
• Hardiness
• Intelligence (FCP)
• Mindfulness
• Environmental
• Safety
• Sensations
• Housing
• Finances
• Relationships
• Friends / Family
• Communication Skills to get needs met
• Boundaries
• Spirituality
• Connectedness
• Meaning

• There are many different ways to help people identify strengths
• By helping them identify their characteristics and view them as strengths instead of weaknesses, we can help people
• Find activities and environments that are less distressing
• Enhance their self-esteem and sense of empowerment.
• Improve relationships and supports by being better able to appreciate strengths and synergize

Awe, Wonder and Empowerment
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

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