What is Intentional Practice?

Intentional practice is a mindfulness-based ‘approach’ and set of ‘methods‘ to design and implement ‘wellbeing solutions‘ from the ‘system’ to the ‘moment’.

It equips and empowers people, communities and systems to ‘translate’ and ‘personalise‘ the science of wellbeing, resilience, growth and trauma-informed practice to individual need and context, as integrated with local knowledge systems and strengths.

Intentional practice was developed to increase the probability that safe and higher impact wellbeing solutions are designed and delivered to both vulnerable and non-vulnerable community members.

And by doing so, reduce the risk that unintentional harm is caused through the design and delivery of wellbeing solutions.

What is the Vision Behind ‘Intentional Practice’?

The vision of intentional practice is to equip and empower people, programs, communities and systems to:

Co-create thriving, sustainable and compassionate communities.

What Do You Mean By ‘Mindfulness Based Approach and Set of Methods’?

Intentional practice can be defined as both an ‘approach’ and ‘set of methods’.

As an approach, intentional practice asks people (caregivers, teachers, supporting adults, practitioners), communities (schools, agencies, regions, programs) and systems to bring mindful awareness to everything they do, and ground themselves on key principles or intents to how they support others, and design and implement wellbeing solutions.

As a method, intentional practice includes a range of models and tools that operationalise (or make practical) the approach and principles to different settings and contexts. A foundational model is the Life Buoyancy Model: a growth focused model of intentional practice.

What Do You Mean By ‘Translate and Personalise’?

By translate, intentional practice provides individuals and programs methods to organise, integrate and implement the science of wellbeing in a manner that values the strengths and wisdom of the individual, community or system. In other words, it guides the thinking and planning processes to ensure that wellbeing solutions bring together best-practice science with local wisdom and strengths.

Intentional practice sees that every individual, community and program as different, including with unique circumstances, context and needs.

Intentional practice provides scientifically grounded methods to personalise or contextualise the design and implementation of wellbeing solutions to both individuals and communities. It values grass-roots or locally co-designed strategies, underpinned by high awareness, evidence and shared intent.

What are ‘Wellbeing Solutions’?

A wellbeing solution is any strategy, intervention, program or response that is designed to deliver a wellbeing, growth, developmental, behavioural or therapeutic outcome. This includes:

  • Interventions
  • Community development initiatives
  • Whole-of-school approaches to learning and wellbeing
  • Therapeutic and non-therapeutic programs
  • Trauma-informed responses
  • Educational content
  • Moment-to-moment responses
  • Scripts and strategies
  • Social-emotional learning, wellbeing or resilience skill building programs
  • Clinical or non-clinical strategy or method (including coaching, counselling, therapy process).

What Do You Mean By The ‘System to The Moment?’

Intentional practice offers a unifying and common language, approach and set of methods that can support the design and implementation of wellbeing solutions that span from the:

System.

  • Whole-of-agency approaches
  • Whole-of-community strategies
  • Multi-disciplinary settings
  • Multi-site or location wellbeing or growth solutions
  • Whole-of-school approaches
  • Therapeutic and non-therapeutic program design and implementation.

To The Moment.

  • Moment-to-moment teaching, caregiving, parenting or supporting adult roles (intentional teaching, parenting etc).
  • Intentional case work or practitioner roles
  • Responding, rather than reacting, to crisis or difficult situations

And Everything in Between.

Intentional Practice Asks Critical Questions?

Intentional Practice asks supporting adults, programs and systems critical questions in terms of how they support others, and design and implement wellbeing solutions. This includes:

  • 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 or process, are we seeking to deliver these outcomes?
  • Are we having a growth or activating effect?
  • What is our intent right now?
  • What is the intent of our service or support?
  • What type of intent am I bringing to my role?
  • Am I bringing a ‘growth intent’ to my support?

Further Information

The following video provides an overview of intentional practice. This video reflects the conceptualisation of intentional practice in 2017. Through refinement and testing with multiple collaborators, the framing of intentional practice has been strengthened. This video is currently being re-developed.