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If you were asked right now, what is your greatest strength, would you be able to answer confidently? For many of us, a response can be difficult to put into words — and even more difficult to identify in practice.
Since 2013, the University of Calgary has used the positive-psychology-based CliftonStrengths for Students to give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to discover, own and apply their top talents. Increased self-awareness, developing stronger teamwork skills in academic classes and co-curricular teams, and career exploration are just a few of the ways more than 8,000 members of our campus community have been able to put their strengths into action.
To date, strengths-based programming has been used in student life programs like Camp LEAD and is a core part of programming in Career Services. Human Resources offers it in their slate of U-programming and it is part of the SU Wellness Centre’s Roots of Resiliency program. As a piece of the overall UCalgaryStrong initiative, the strengths programming matches closely to the goals of its Campus Mental Health Strategy, particularly around helping students develop resilience, one of the six focus areas of the strategy.
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