Life Buoyancy Model

Intentional practice is supported by the Life Buoyancy Model; a growth-focused model of intentional practice that supports the application of the method across multiple settings and contexts. This model is drawn from the following

  • Positive psychology science (including mindfulness).
  • Trauma-informed science (including neuro-developmental).
  • Implementation science (how to implement interventions that make a difference).

Life Buoyancy is an inclusive model that seeks to value, augment and strengthen the impact of other programs, interventions, and modalities.

Life Buoyancy Model Described

Intentional practice and the Life Buoyancy Model have been described in a number of peer-reviewed journal articles. The following video provides a brief overview of the Life Buoyancy Model and growth-focused intentional practice approach. The model is operationalised within a teaching context, with a focus on growing student resources for wellbeing.

Focal Points of Intent: Awareness, Skills and Mindset

To support the Intentional Practice approach, the Life Buoyancy Model articulates three focal points of intent for practitioners and agencies to bring mindful awareness through their communication, strategies or program delivery. They include:

  • Awareness – The knowledge or insight a child, young person or adult has about themselves, others, their world, their past and future, their actions, and their cultural/personal identity.
  • Skills – The behaviours and actions a child, young person or adult applies to regulate themselves, negotiate and thrive within relationships, to engage positively with pathways that foster quality of life outcomes, and find meaning and purpose within life.
  • Mindset – The thinking processes by which a child, young person or adult evaluates themselves, their actions, relationships, their world, their past and future, their identity and culture, and adversity, in a helpful or adaptive manner.

Awareness-Raising – Skill Expression – Resilient Mindset

The model also articulates the relationship between the three focal points of intent to scaffold the growth or learning in children, young people and adults. That is, the first intent of communication and program activities should be to raise awareness or knowledge. When this occurs, this provides the foundation for skill acquisition and expression to occur, and when the child, young person or adult starts to internalise and value the skill across a range of settings, the conditions for a mindset shift are possible. This can positively shape how the client views themselves, others, their future and their world around them. This has been represented by a staircase or building block intentional practice model.

Activating Processes: Curiosity, Coaching and Validation

The Life Buoyancy Model articulates three key activating processes that are foundational to supporting awareness-raising, skill-expression and a resilient mindset. They include: (1) curiosity, (2) coaching and (3) validation.   These are processes by which adults implement within their supporting adult communication, or are implicit or explicit within a program’s design or implementation. When these processes are applied consistently, they maximise the growth opportunities. In other words, supporting adults that validate and acknowledge their client’s experiences, seek to evoke curiosity about new possibilities and learnings, and then coach the child, young person or adult to acquire new skills, are in the best position to be a catalyst for the delivery of high impact growth outcomes in their clients.