Narrative and solution-focused approaches

Narrative and solution-focused approaches

There is a fascinating discussion in the current issue of the Journal of Systemic Therapies (JST)* between solution-focused practitioners, Yvonne Dolan and Terry Trepper, and narrative practitioners, Jill Freedman and Gene Combs, facilitated by Jeff Chang and Tracy Mitchell. They are discussing the growth of the so-called postmodern therapies, including narrative and solution-focused, and their discussion has very much struck a chord with...

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Palestine-UK Social Work Network conferences

Palestine-UK Social Work Network conferences

Good to see that, for World Social Work Day, the British Association of Social Workers published the report of the network’s launch event last November. Read it here (you’ll have to click on the Read More button below to be able to click on the link here for the report). And, a date for your diaries – the Network is holding a conference in London on 12 November 2012, more details to follow. We hope to have at least two...

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Focusing in Malmö

Focusing in Malmö

I have just run a workshop in Malmö, Sweden, where I ventured to bring in a little bit of focusing* into a solution-focused exercise. Its impact and the participants’ reactions have encouraged me to do more of this. I explained focusing as paying attention to one’s physical experiencing, noticing what is going on in one’s body, when one is thinking about something – which is known as its felt sense. The felt sense is a sort...

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