Solution Focused Practice was developed in the 1980s by practitioners looking for a brief and pragmatic approach to effective communication that facilitates change. Since then it has been used by thousands of people in contexts as wide ranging as physical and mental health care in both acute and community settings, supporting people with addiction, working with families, children and young people, adult social care and end of life care.
A Solution Focused approach assumes that the client has the knowledge of what would make their life better. The approach allows for future focused, strength based conversations to help individuals make changes which have a positive effect on their health and wellbeing. Solution Focused Practice is built around three principles:
- If it isn’t broke don’t fix it
- If it’s working do more of it
- If it isn’t working do something else instead.
In keeping with this the two day training is designed to allow participants to experience the approach in order to develop the confidence and practical skills to use in behaviour change conversations.
During the two days we will explore:
- The component parts and innovative techniques of a solution focused conversation that can be used as a whole, in a planned fashion or more opportunistically in unplanned ways in everyday conversations.
- How to use our everyday communication skills of asking and listening to have conversations that explore people at their best, managing to cope and doing things that fit with their aspirations and hopes for a happier, healthier future.
- How solution focused approaches relate to other approaches to having change conversations such as Motivational Interviewing and CBT.
- Some of the common roadblocks to change that we encounter during our professional practice; our part in them and how we might navigate around them.
- Explore the common scenarios that come up in solution focused conversations and simple strategies for managing them.
- How to support people who feel they are at rock bottom.
- How to be Solution focused and avoid becoming solution forced.
- Where the solution focused approach fits for you, how you might implement it and what ongoing support you might want and need.
At end of the course you will have the confidence and skills to work collaboratively with people using a solution focused approach to help them to move forward rather than remain stuck in a problem or behaviour. Further reading and resource’s to support ongoing development will be available online.