The Centre for Solution Focused Practice


Scaling up our practice

Are Solution Focused Scale Questions the single most useful 'technique' available to practitioners? But they come in many shapes and forms.

The Aberdeen Option (Steve de Shazer)

Harvey Ratner recalls a case discussion with Steve de Shazer and insoo Kim Berg from 1990, the very first time that BRIEF invited them to work with us in London.

Never Mind Descartes

It is more than 350 years since the French philosopher, René Descartes, died yet he still has a colossal influence on how we think about the world and the way we live in it. His famous assertion, ‘I think therefore I am’ could be seen as the basis of cognitive behavioural therapy if translated into ‘you think therefore you do’. If this were true then all ‘talking cures’ would put reason at the heart of their method: change the thinking and the rest will follow. Sometimes this does work but often it doesn’t.

Only for geeks (or if older - anoraks).

Today’s piece is for those sad ones amongst us, and that includes all of us at BRIEF, who find Solution Focus really fascinating – and I mean really really fascinating. So read no further if you count yourself one of the world’s more balanced people.