The Centre for Solution Focused Practice


Recipe for another great Summer School

So how do you create a rich, thought-provoking, stimulating, collaborative, enjoyable and indeed moving Summer School? It is simple. Mix together the following ingredients, stir well, simmer for 5 days and trust that with minimal pre-planning the participants will create something unique, something extraordinary that will continue to resonate, quietly, through all of our lives over the year to come.

The ‘placebo effect’ is not ‘deception and fakery’.

The power of expectation seems to be a key element in the relative brevity and effectiveness of the Solution Focused Approach. Talking with people in such a way that change seems likely if not inevitable is an important part of the change process.

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.