Solution Focused Practice: Three day intensive course
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm (tea & coffee provided: on-site café for buying lunch – or bring your own!)
Location: PTU Offices, 54, St James Street L1 0AB
Dates and payment details at the end of this leaflet
Size of group: between 4 and 8 people: may vary across the three days due to some attending only Day 1, some only days 2 and 3, but there will be a core of people attending all three days.
Eligibility and course description
The course is open to anyone who has an interest in learning about the solution-focused approach, whether this be in a therapy, coaching, education, health, social care, organisational or other setting.
It will be very participative and interactive throughout, but especially so on days 2 and 3 when participants will also be asked to reflect upon the uses that they have made of their day 1 learning, in the context of their work so far. For this reason it is important that those attending all three days – or just days 2 and 3, having already undertaken an introductory course – be in a position to put some of their learning into practice immediately. If this is not possible, please let me know and we can discuss ways in which we may be able to help with this.
Learning Outcomes and opportunities for continued learning
1. Day 1 as a standalone course will give participants a good overview of the approach and will equip them with a number of immediately useable ‘tools’ to fit into their current working practices.
2. The three-day course will give participants a more thorough understanding of how solution focused practice can be used as a universal/generic approach to having ‘helping conversations’, whether this be
a. by using the approach in its entirety, as a stand-alone therapeutic or coaching model, or
b. by incorporating certain elements of the approach alongside other aspects of a ‘helping role’, where it can help to ensure that the worker’s expertise is used in a way that is most aligned with the client’s agenda and also help to clarify the desired objective or outcome of the worker’s involvement with the client.
3. The three-day course should give participants the skills and knowledge to begin working immediately in a solution-focused way in one-to-one helping conversations, if they are in a position to do so. It is recommended that this practice is supported by regular appropriate supervision from an experienced solution-focused practitioner, as it can be difficult to continue working in a solution-focused way in isolation without this support.
4. The PTU can offer follow-up one-to-one or group supervision sessions for those participants who are not able to get this supervision from elsewhere. It is recommended that, in the first instance, practitioners have at least 1.5 hours of supervision per month (though this may vary dependent upon the volume and frequency of clients they are seeing). This can be provided by the PTU at a rate of £70 for a 1.5 hour one-to-one session, or a lower rate (determined by how many people attend) for a 2.5 hour group session.
5. The way in which the material is taught on the course is completely consistent with the criteria for accreditation used by the UKASFP.
1. A brief history of Solution Focused Practice: origins, assumptions and evolution;
2. Introduction to main ‘ingredients’ of an initial solution-focused conversation (with video clips)
3. Further exploration and illustration (with video clips and exercises) of:
– Contracting/best hopes
– Preferred future
– Eliciting descriptions of progress and instance
4. Overview of follow-up sessions
5. Brief discussion on using solution-focused questions outside the ‘pure’ therapy/coaching model (i.e. in the context of other roles) and reflections on applications to your work
1. Recap on Day 1 in the light of your experiences and reflections since Day 1 – dealing with questions and revisiting Day 1 material as necessary
2. Skills practice – with detailed feedback from the trainer – on
– Contracting/best hopes
– Preferred future
3. Detailed exploration and illustration (with video clips and exercises) of:
– Scaling and progress descriptions including exceptions and instances
– ‘Coping’ questions
4. Further detail and skills practice on follow-up sessions
1. Recap on Day 1/2 in the light of your experiences and reflections since Day 2 – dealing with questions and revisiting Day 1/2 material as necessary
2. Further skills practice tailored to your needs and wishes on the day but focusing on combining the different solution focused ingredients throughout a whole conversation with a single client OR a team/group; may also cover delivering a solution-focused service, if of relevance to the
3. Reflections on learning and where to go next with your SF practice.
Preparing for the training
Recommended reading for the course is Guy Shennan’s book “Solution Focused Practice: Effective Communication to Facilitate Change”. A copy of this will be provided in advance of the course and it would be helpful if you could have dipped into it before your day 1, but don’t worry if you’re not able to! Please bring the book with you as it is sometimes referred to on the course, especially the transcripts of conversations.
Please come along to the training prepared to use some of your own personal experiences (i.e. being yourself, not role-playing a client) as a means of being able to experience and fully appreciate the benefits of the approach. Please can I stress that I ask you to share only those things they are comfortable with and stress that, because this is solution-focused, conversations will be about where you are trying to get to rather than an exploration of any problems you may have. If you have any doubts or concerns about this, please let me know in advance and we can sort it out together.
Trainer info: Suzi Curtis
I have been a clinical psychologist and solution focused practitioner since 2010 following a 20-year career as a government statistician. I work in a Clinical Health Psychology department in the NHS in Southport with people who have long term health conditions as well as in Liverpool as part of the Psychological Therapies Unit, a Community Interest Company providing one-to-one therapy services and training. I have a particular interest in making talking therapy available to people who find it difficult to access mainstream services and I have recently been providing a free therapy service to the homeless population in Liverpool.
I run regular training courses in solution-focused practice, within both my NHS and Psychological Therapies Unit roles and also as an associate trainer for Solution Focused Trainers Ltd and BRIEF. I regularly teach on the Liverpool and Lancaster University Clinical Psychology Doctorate courses and supervise trainees from those courses. I am also supervisor for groups of coaches working for The Young Women’s Trust and regularly supervise clinical psychology doctoral trainees as well as volunteer therapists working as part of our free service in Liverpool.
I love the solution-focused approach and enjoy teaching it and ‘spreading the word’ about what it can do for people, as it can help not only those working in therapist/counsellor roles (and their clients!) but also organisations, teams, managers, mentors, mediators or anyone at all whose role involves having conversations with people who are stuck or want to move forward.
I have been a Board member for the United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice (UKASFP) for the past five years. Over this time, I have convened and led a group of expert and world-renowned solution-focused practitioners in developing a system of accrediting solution-focused work such that it can be recognised by employers as a credible, rigorous standalone qualification to practice in this way, without the need for additional qualifications. The accreditation system is now up and running and the UKASFP continues to work towards the recognition of this.
Please contact me if you have any questions, on 07889 718828
or email email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org (tel: 07970610377)
Looking forward to seeing you on the course!
Cost per person
Day 1 only ‘taster day’ – £140 per person
Days 2&3 only (for those who have already attended a ‘taster’ day previously) – £250 per person
Days 1-3 – £400 per person
Day 1: 1st April 2019
Day 2: 15th April 2019
Day 3: 29th April 2019
Please secure your place by a deposit of £50 (balance payable two weeks before the start of the course)
Bacs payment with Ref: TC1 & your initials to:
Psychological Therapies Unit
Acc no. 44056795
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