Solution-focused cartooning…

Solution-focused cartooning…

About time I wrote something about the pilot session that Tim and I did with six Year 6 children at a West London primary school the week before last. I was surprised by how nervous I was feeling beforehand, as was Tim, but on reflection it shouldn’t have been so surprising. The first time we’d worked together, the first time either of us had done this group, and we really wanted it to go well too. The prospect of working together in...

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Talking and moving exercises

Talking and moving exercises

Plenty of movement coming into my work recently, and I’ve been promising to say a little about it, so here goes. Working backwards… I did a little demo on the course in Łódź of a way of scaling I’ve been using with teams – adapted from an idea of Paul Hackett’s. Each team member is standing on the circumference of a circle, which becomes the ‘0’ on the scale, while the centre of the circle is the...

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Solution-focused training in Łódź

Solution-focused training in Łódź

I have just spent a long weekend with my friends, Jacek and Mariola Lelonkiewicz, in Łódź, Poland, where I ran a two-day workshop on ‘Helping families, building cooperation & coaching with teams’. Thirty Polish solution-focused practitioners took part, all of whom had completed at least nine days’ basic training with Jacek and Mariola at their Brief Therapy Centre in Lodz (www.centrumtk.com). Jacek and Mariola pioneered the use of...

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The underlying philosophical roots/value base of solution-focused work

The underlying philosophical roots/value base of solution-focused work

I was recently asked to say what the philosophical roots/value base of solution-focused work are. A fascinating question and although it is one that has answers spread throughout the solution-focused literature I thought that rather than simply cite references it would be an instructive and hopefully useful exercise to put down some thoughts of my own – both for me and for anyone else who happens to read this. I shall focus more on the...

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