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Thank-you thank-you!

Harvey, Chris, Sarah and I thank all of you for your support over the course of 2018, whether in the form of attending courses, or commissioning courses, visiting this website, taking an interest in our work, reading our material, attending our conference workshops or plenaries or inviting us to present our thinking – but most of all we appreciate your interest in the Solution Focused approach. Thank-you.

‘I just want to be able to sleep.’ Is sleeping somehow different?

People may want to be happier, have a better relationship with someone in their life, they may want to find confidence and courage and some of them of course might want to sleep. Evan George asks whether we can treat all these examples in the same way or whether there is something different about the sleep response.

Do we really have to pin our clients down?

Coaching often presents itself as radically different from therapy or counselling. But is it? Aren't the similarities more significant than the differences when we think about the foundational assumptions? Evan George proposes that the truly significant distinction is that between problem-focused and solution-focused approaches whether the context of application is coaching or counselling or therapy.

Do we take our clients seriously?

‘Don’t you think that there is a risk that your clients may not feel that they are being taken seriously, that they are being understood?’ This is the polite version of a question that Solution Focused presenters are asked frequently, indeed a question that I was asked the other day, very politely and very appropriately, in Helsinki. And the question is an important one. Evan George tries to answer.

The four foundations of therapeutic minimalism.

Evan has just returned from Finland where Ben Furman invited him to share his thinking on therapeutic minimalism. It was a great 2 days and during the course of those two days he learned a great deal about what he thinks about the Secrets of Minimalism. Here Evan sets out four foundational ideas without which minimalism is impossible.

Relationally undemanding.

There is a sort of logical error that must have a name. It is when we apply the requirements or characteristics of one thing to another thing as if the two things are of the same kind – just that they are not. Evan George discusses one of these logical errors relating to our field of Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

BRIEF Solution Focused Training in Wales October 18 - April 19

BRIEF will be offering four 2-day SF training modules in Wales, in Cardiff, between October 2018 and April 2019. This marks the enormous growth in interest in Solution Focus throughout Wales in both children, family and adult services, in which BRIEF has been delighted (and proud) to have played a part.

How can we think about the client’s ‘best hopes’?

There are things that continue to puzzle me about the Solution Focused approach – not just interest me but really puzzle me. And the main one that I find myself thinking about over and over is to do with the client’s response to the ‘best hopes’ question. How should we think about the client’s response, what name should we give it, and how should the client’s answer be connected to the rest of the work? Evan George shares some very provisional thoughts.

‘How does that make you feel?’

Well how does that question - ‘how does that make you feel’ - make you feel? In my case the answer is a bit queasy, indeed slightly nauseous, which in many ways is unfortunate since it appears to be the go-to, the stock question that so many practitioners rely upon when they are not quite sure what else to ask. Evan George explores the difficulties with this question.