The Solution Focused approach can be used in a wide variety of fields and settings, ranging from therapy to management, and working with individuals or with groups. Solution Focused Groupwork, whether as therapy, training, support, coaching, or facilitation, and in classes, meetings and other settings, offers huge potential and can be a very cost-effective, practical and enjoyable way of working with several people at the same time, whether a few or several dozen. It also requires a somewhat different application of Solution Focused skills to those used in individual work.
Brief Coaching with Children and Young People: A Solution Focused Approach is the first book of its type to describe the thinking and practice of Solution coaching with these age groups.
The Approach empowers young people to find their own solutions in the shortest possible time, focusing on where they want to get to rather than the details of the problem they are concerned about. The author's emphasis on practical and straightforward techniques and materials will equip all those interested in working with and supporting young people and their families to help them achieve their goals for the future. The book is illustrated with numerous examples from the coaching practice of the authors in different settings, with a particular emphasis on challenging cases. As a whole it serves as a key resource for working with children and young people, and each chapter can be read as a separate topic. Downloadable resources are available online which enhance the practicality of the text.
Ratner and Yusuf have created a practical, jargon free resource for all those who work with and support children and young people and their families. It will be invaluable for coaches therapists and counsellors as well as anyone who interacts with children and young people, including social workers, teachers and mentors and foster parents.