The BRIEF team have been at the heart of the development of solution focused practice in Europe since 1989, helping to maximise performance by releasing potential. BRIEF offers both training and consultation. Courses are run in the solution-focused approach to leadership and coaching, whilst consultation includes personal coaching, group coaching and team coaching.Solution Focused Practice is future focused, resource-based and progress sensitive. It is generally experienced as empowering, helping to build a sense of possibility based on evidence of achievement.
The ideas at the heart of Solution Focused Practice are remarkably simple, straightforward and supremely pragmatic. The practices themselves give participants a way of putting to work some of the most current ideas about organisations and what makes them work well. Lasting success in any arena cannot be built or sustained on the leader's energy alone. Indeed, as recent research by PriceWaterhouseCooper shows, a 'too dominant' leader is one of the key causes of an organisation's failure. Sustained success requires that the energies of all the team members must be directed towards a vision that takes account of the aim of the organisation and the legitimate interests of all key stakeholders in that organisation's life, including of course not only the work team but also the customers. The Solution Focused approach is based on the development of such a shared vision that can serve to mobilise the very best that the staff team has to offer.
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.
What is the status of 'body language' in the SF approach. We know that the words we use are only a small part of the way that we communicate and that our understanding of those words in general conversation is mediated through our processing of 'body language'. So how do SF practitioners think about this?
Chris Iveson is leading teacher of solution-focused focused therapy and one of the founders of Brief in London. He was interviewed by psychiatrist Ben Furman during his teaching trip to Helsinki in October 2015.