Course Structure

Day 1

  • A brief history of Solution Focused Practice: origins, assumptions and evolution;
  1. Introduction to the main ‘ingredients’ of an initial solution-focused conversation (with video clips).
  2. Further exploration and illustration (with video clips and exercises) of:
    – Contracting/best hopes
    – Preferred future
    – Scaling
    – Eliciting descriptions of progress and instance
  • Overview of follow-up sessions.
  • 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.

Day 2

  • 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.
  • Skills practice – with detailed feedback from the trainer – on:
  1. Contracting/best hopes
  2. Preferred future
  • Detailed exploration and illustration (with video clips and exercises) of:
  1. Scaling and progress descriptions including exceptions and instances
  2. ‘Coping’ questions
  • Further detail and skills practice on follow-up sessions.

Day 3

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reflections on learning and where to go next with your SF practice.

Follow-Up

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. It is recommended that this practice is supported by regular supervision (at least 1.5 hours per month) from an experienced solution-focused practitioner, as it can be difficult to continue working in a solution-focused way in isolation without this support.

The Psychological Therapies Unit offer follow-up one-to-one or group supervision sessions, at a rate of £70 for a 1.5 hour one-to-one session or a lower rate (dependent on how many people attend) for a 2.5 hour group session. If you are interested or have any questions about the supervision process, please do get in touch with us at suzi@psychological-therapies-unit.co.uk or steve@psychological-therapies-unit.co.uk.