“It gives me immense pleasure to say that I had the opportunity of learning under the guidance of Dr Pulla Venkat Rao in College of Social Work, Hyderabad, India. He is innovative and transcends beyond the traditional syllabus of a discipline as he introduces the students to interact with day to day realities that need to be addressed by the professionals by fostering an approach what he calls ‘creative frustration’ that enables one to put to test what is known and also explore what needs to be built into the body of knowledge from the real life learnings. He links varied disciplines and allows to integrate learnings from various social sciences. He is a great trainer with his concern for every individual’s freedom and quest. As a trainer he is superb and makes the process a learning experience for both the students and the teachers. Hope to have an opportunity again to be part of his initiatives in teaching, research or training.

M Subhash Chandra, Director, Centre for Action Research and People’s Development 8-3-228/267 Rahmath Nagar, Hyderabad – 45 INDIA” August 30, 2010

About Dr. Venkat Pulla
Dr Venkat Pulla is an Indian born Australian Human Services Mgt Consultant and motivational speaker. He is the Principal of Impetus Global Consulting and founder of Brisbane Institute of Strengths-based practice that offers – training in Strengths approach in human services. and offers grounded theory Master Classes globally. Impetus Global is currently addressing two service programmes for International Students coming into Australian Universities. Venkat has been utilising Appreciative Inquiry in Middle and Senior Management Training in Strategic Leadership, and has undertaken a six-week OvationNet AI Workshop under the workshop leadership with David Cooperrider, in the Spring of 2011. Venkat was Head of the School of Social Work, Northern Territory University, and taught At Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt & at Sunshine Coast and tutored at Griffith. He is a Tata Dorabji Merit scholar from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India). Research interests: Human coping & resilience, green social work. He has co-edited volumes on Strengths-based practice, 2012; Perspectives on coping and resilience , 2013; Theories, experiences, and challenges in community work , 2014; Advancing social work in mental health through strengths-based practice, 2014; Some aspects of community empowerment and resilience, 2015; and the Lhotsampa People of Bhutan-Resilience and Survival, 2016 and is editing 'Discrimination, Challenge and Response', 2019, (Palgrave- Macmillan.) As an academic, he makes significant contributions to Social Work education to SAARC countries. He has published with Sage, Routledge, Macmillan, Palgrave, and Wilfred Laurier Press- Canada; Primrose Hall- UK and Australia; Fernwood, California and others in Asia. He is a recipient of NAPSWI – India Lifetime achievement award 2015, and Karma veer Puraskar,-Global Indian Social Worker Award-2008. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0395-9973 Scopus Author ID: 56007950700

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