In February 2014, I’m running my first public workshop in Bournemouth called “Solution-focused Practice”. A common response from people first hearing about a solution-focused approach is that we already do that, we always look for solutions in the way we work and so on. But there is much more to it than this, including a range of “conversational tools” and thinking that characterises this approach. So what exactly is a solution-focused approach? In the 1980’s, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer, a couple of therapists at the Brief family Therapy centre in Milwaukee, USA and their team developed an approach that built on the work of a number of innovators regarding people, their patterns and how change happens in particular Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson, Paul Watzlawick and Virginia Satir….
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