On this course you will meet social workers, teachers, nurses, psychologists, mentors, family support staff, doctors and members of other professions involved in the care of children and families. You will be able to review and refresh your basic skills including
Making a working, outcome orientated contract.
Developing a realistic description of an agreed and a preferred future.
Discovering the client’s hidden resources and those aspects of thinking, feeling andbehaving which might in some way contribute to the hoped-for outcome.
The creative use of scales.
Feedback and tasks
Like every BRIEF course the emphasis will be on learning through practice so that the skills you leave with are your own. You will also have been able to identify where solution focused skills have an important contribution and where they need to be put to one side while other tasks, such as assessment, ensuring safety and other statutory and organizational requirements.
BRIEF trainers have all been children and family social workers and have specialized in child protection assessment and treatment. They still work with families, many referred by social workers and with children mostly referred by schools. They currently have three school-based projects in which they work directly with teachers and students mainly on issues of behaviour. During the course you will be able to see videotapes of actual sessions covering all aspects of this work.
Four day foundation course in Solution Focused practice. This 'flag-ship' programme has been the introduction to Solution Focus for many of the UK's leading practitioners. Exciting, energising and inspiring many participants can't wait to get back to their work to use the ideas.
Brief Therapy follow-on courses are an essential part of solution focused skills development. They are intended for professionals already trying to put solution focused brief therapy into practice in their everyday work but who, like us all, are finding areas of difficulty.
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.