Wayne McCashen, Director of The Strengths Approach, is a pioneer, author, consultant, trainer and mentor in strengths based practice and has played a pivotal role in its development and articulation over three decades.
He has developed various practice frameworks and written material on strengths-based ways of working with individuals, families, groups, communities and organisations that have been adopted by schools of social work, human service workers and organisations, and trainers and consultants internationally.
Wayne is author of the books The Strengths Approach, a definitive publication on the strengths approach, and Communities of Hope, which provides a framework for strengths based community development. He is co-author of the card-based resource Name the Frame: reminders for building respectful, socially just decisions, and has contributed to a wide range of strengths based resources and publications.
He was part of the original team at St Lukes, Bendigo, Australia, that initiated ground-breaking work to develop strengths based practice. He was for many years, principal trainer and consultant for St Lukes and has provided training and consultancy in strengths based practice to many thousands of human service workers from hundreds of organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand over twenty years.
He has over 35 years’ experience in the human services including youth work, family work, community development, training and professional development, staff supervision, and management.