Building student and staff strengths and wellbeing for life.
The University of Wollongong’s, Kooloobong Village is the world’s first positive residence—a student residence planned and run entirely based on the science of positive psychology. The project combines the themes of positive psychology, positive education and positive organisational scholarship to create an atmosphere where students can flourish in a nurturing environment of wellbeing and education.
Sue Langley is a member of the Kooloobong Village international programme advisory board and worked closely with Student Residence Manager Alison Hemsley and Associate Professor Lindsay Oades to enable all students and staff to spot and develop their strengths. This is part of the programme’s overarching framework for improving lifelong wellbeing.
As a leader in positive psychology research and practice, University of Wollongong, knows the value of evidence-based approaches to strengths. They were pleased to work with us as experts and master trainers in Strengths Profiler, the strengths tool recommended by leading academics and researchers. Designed by Capp (the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology), Strengths Profile has been taken by 70,000+ people around the world, measuring three dimensions of energy, performance and use, to give a comprehensive understanding of people’s capabilities and growth potential.
In addition to assessing and developing student strengths using Strengths Profile, we accredited staff to support student strengths and work as a strong, positive and energised team.
This project, now in its second year, is part of a multi-year research study on the impact of Strengths Profile and a strengths-based approach on student and staff wellbeing.
“Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me today [to discuss my strengths]! I found your insights really useful and I’m pretty excited about consciously working with my strengths in the way I approach work, life, myself and others. I’ve taken on board what you’ve said about overplaying my strengths and I’m working on pairing some of my unrealised strengths with my learned behaviours.
“I’ve made a colour coded set of the cards we went through today and I’ve stuck my purple [realised] and green [unrealised] strengths on my computer screen so I can remind myself to actively use them over the next little while. I’ve made a set of my red [weaknesses] and orange [learned behaviours] and each week I’m going to pair an orange behaviour with a purple or green strength to try and re-energise myself when I have to call upon my learned behaviours!”