Workshop 7: Using a Strengths-Based Approach to Effectively Advise Emerging Adults as they Transition to College and Beyond

Program Description
There is a tendency in our culture to focus on weaknesses rather than strengths. This plays out in the workplace, in academic settings, as well as in individuals' personal lives. Strengthsquest is an assessment that was designed to help people discover and focus on what they do well and incorporate their "strengths" into their professional, academic, and personal lives. In this session, we will briefly introduce participants to the assessment and explain the theory behind it. We will then focus on how to incorporate a Strengths-based approach when advising students in transition. This approach can be applied to all populations of students in transition but we will focus primarily on first-year students. The presenters will share examples from a First-Year Seminar and advising appointments to demonstrate a Strengths-based approach.
Kristi BarrowcloughUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Kristi is a first-year advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Emily YeeUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Emily is a first-year advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dawn FettigUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Dawn works in training and development for the Academic Advising unit in the College of Arts and Sciences.