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Intentional Practice

Intentional Practice or a method or approach that can be applied by anyone in a supporting adult role, whether they be a teacher, youth worker, parent, manager, supervisor, carer, support worker or professional. It can also be applied and operationalised across an entire program or institution.

Intentional Practice is an umbrella term that refers to any intervention where the  supporting adult (or program/institution) brings moment-to-moment awareness (or mindfulness) of the desired outcomes (“what”) and associated processes (“how”) within the intervention (Raymond, 2016)

Intentional practice is designed to increase the probability that safe and higher impact outcomes will be delivered.

Intentional practice brings individual, program and institutional attention to three key questions?

  • What is the intent or energy we are bringing to an individual relationship or intervention process?
  • What outcomes are we are hoping to achieve?
  • How, or by which method, are we seeking to deliver these outcomes?

 

At the heart of intentional practice are the following six features (Raymond, 2016):

  • Directed Awareness – it is a method of directing individual and organisational attention or awareness to the key conditions that activate positive growth and learning outcomes. It is underpinned by the skill of mindfulness.
  • Outcome and Process Focused – it brings ongoing awareness to the delivery of outcomes (or the “what”) and the method (or the “how’) to deliver those outcomes
  • Inclusive – it values all disciplines and supporting adult roles, and seeks to bring unity and shared understanding around a common language and approach.
  • Multi-Levelled – it can be applied in multiple ways, for example, to guide moment-to-moment supporting adult relationships, or be applied across an entire program model or institution.
  • Skill-Based – it is comprised of skill elements that can be learnt, acquired and developed by anyone.
  • Empowering – it seeks to empower both individuals and institutions to draw upon existing knowledge and wisdom, and values individual creativity, personalities, interests, needs and experiences.

LBI training and resources are all underpinned by a growth-focused model of intentional practice. This is supported by the Life Buoyancy Model which was developed through a PhD.