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.
SOLUTION FOCUSED GROUPWORK – 2 day course with A. Biba Rebolj
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 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.
Another great conference organised by Essex County Council's Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) and all our friends in the Divisional Based Intervention Team (DBIT).
And remember that Chris Iveson and our BRIEF International friend and colleague Elliott Connie will be there.