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.
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.