An intensive, multi-faceted learning event for solution focused practitioners at all levels to develop their skills and have fun in nearly equal measure. Since BRIEF was established in 1989 every year has seen a change in how we do and how we teach solution focused brief therapy. More than twenty five years on our passion is undimmed and our pursuit of a dynamic minimalism is as committed as ever. Year by year we have questioned every aspect of our practice and our thinking behind it, we have experimented by dropping what we think might be unnecessary, sometimes to return to what we have dropped and sometimes to leave it behind.
Each time a particular practice has been discontinued we have found ourselves attending more closely to other aspects of our conversations with clients. So far, there has always been something to question and something new to learn. This Summer School and those who join us will become part of BRIEF’s journey.
A developing programme
The exact content and shape of the week will be drafted much closer to the time and what actually happens will depend on the interactions between all involved. BRIEF’s training has always been participant-centred. We see solution focused brief therapy as a craft – something that can only be learned by doing and where each doing leads to new possibilities for practice. There is no end to what we know, only a continuing journey.
What is certain is that the week will be packed with variety; it will be hard work, practical and fun.
There will be:
exercises, exercises and more exercises, taking the best from our vast and constantly replenishing repertoire of skill-developing activities.
taped sessions illustrating every aspect of our practice with virtually every client group of interest to participants.
live therapy sessions with BRIEF clients
coaching sessions with course participants
discussion and debate about the many forms solution focused practice now takes
Who can attend the Summer School?
Anyone interested in the solution focused approach, who likes the idea of mixing with like-minded others from all over the world, and who fancies spending a week in London in August. Beginners and the most experienced solution focused practitioners are equally welcome.
Where is it taking place?
Covent Garden Community Centre - Seven Dials Club
42 Earlham Street Covent Garden, London WC2H 9LA
We won’t crowd your free time but we will offer a few inexpensive social events: a meal out together, a guided city walk where we, who work here everyday, discover the hidden London, a pub evening, a riverside walk and plenty more things to suit everyone’s idea of a good time. Let us know if you have something you particularly want to do while you are here and we’ll do our best to make it happen.
Evan George, Chris Iveson and Harvey Ratner.
The total cost will be £600 plus VAT. (£720 incl vat).
How to apply
Applications can be made:
via our website www.brief.org.uk
by completing a booking form available from BRIEF by post or email.
By phone +44 (0) 20 7600 3366
Course Dates & Locations
If you are interested in booking a place on one of our forth coming courses please select the most suitable course for your location and calender and enter the number of places you require.
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