The Centre for Solution Focused Practice

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The Solution Focused Approach: An Overview

Solution Focused practice emerged from Solution Focused Brief Therapy and was developed primarily by Steve de Shazer and his team at the Brief Family Therapy Centre in Milwaukee, USA and later in Britain by members of BRIEF.

10 Good reasons for using the Solution Focused approach

Probably the thing that matters most to the people that we work with and those who commission our work is effectiveness. An increasing body of research shows that Solution Focus works and that changes are well maintained.

BRIEF Agency Based Training PDF

Solution focused brief therapy is fast becoming the 'baseline' approach for organisations offering care. From psychiatry to social housing, justice to education this collaborative approach to work with people in need is proving its exceptional effectiveness.

How to Find BRIEF

BRIEF is situated in Newbury Street, in an historic area of the City of London. Download a colour map and directions here.

Accommodation Near BRIEF

Local hotels and accommodation situated near BRIEF.

What is BRIEF Coaching?

Brief coaching is based on the solution focused approach developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg who worked together in Milwaukee, USA. Their research on successful interventions highlighted an interesting finding, namely that change is associated with 'solution talk'. In other words when clients are invited out of 'problem talk' into 'solution talk', they are more likely to change. So Brief Coaching is a description of a way of talking with clients – a very particular style of conversing.

BRIEF Booking Form

BRIEF course booking form.

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How can we think about the client’s ‘best hopes’?

There are things that continue to puzzle me about the Solution Focused approach – not just interest me but really puzzle me. And the main one that I find myself thinking about over and over is to do with the client’s response to the ‘best hopes’ question. How should we think about the client’s response, what name should we give it, and how should the client’s answer be connected to the rest of the work? Evan George shares some very provisional thoughts.

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