BRIEF specialises in short courses aimed at giving experienced professionals additional skills as well as helping to equip those newer to the field with some of the key skills they need to help them to do their jobs better. Many simply adapt these skills to their existing ways of working while others go on to make the solution focused approach their central method. The great majority of those using the approach in Britain have learned their initial skills on a course delivered by BRIEF.
Solution Focus is a flexible approach that can be adapted to working with individuals, couples, groups, families and teams. It is useful in short conversations in passing as well as more formally structured conversations. It is used by counsellors, by therapists, by coaches, mentors, managers, facilitators, mediators. It is used widely across the fields of education, health, and welfare as well as increasingly throughout the corporate sector – everywhere in fact where people want their conversations to make a difference.
The four and two-day programmes are designed to be as enjoyable as they are informative, as engaging as they are useful. All participants should leave these courses with an understanding of the solution focused approach and with clear ideas about how to put it to work in their own context with the people with whom they work. Many participants also leave with added enthusiasm for their work and they regularly tell us more energy. This energy and enthusiasm seems to be linked, they suggest, with a renewed faith and belief in the capacities of their ‘customers’ and from finding themselves more in touch with their own talents, abilities and key capacities.
Summer School is more than a course.
It is an event and a celebration of the possibilities of the Solution Focused approach which takes place annually in the heart of London in August. 'Newbies' and 'oldies' alike will attend Summer School working along side each other and learning from each other. There will be social events for those who choose in the evenings but the course above all is an exploration of the latest developments in this exciting, generous, appreciative, effective, efficient, empowering, exciting (yes it really is) way of working.
The programme is always responsive to the group but has typically included presentations, exercises and live demonstrations.
Chris and Harvey and Evan will look forward to your company and your unique contribution!
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.
Chris Iveson shares his thinking about using the Solution Focused approach with Families.
Solution Focused Practice is always the same and yet always different. Chris leads you through the sameness and the difference and working with families will never seem so daunting again.