Guy and solution-focused practice

Solutions Focused Practice - Guy ShennanGuy is an independent solution focused consultant and trainer, based in London, UK.

Guy’s unique blend of solution-focused rigour and dynamic creativity has inspired and enabled thousands of people to use solution-focused practice in their work. He is a solution-focused practitioner with a difference and a trainer and consultant who can make a real difference to your team or organisation.

Guy first started using the solution-focused approach in non-therapy contexts and he remains committed to helping the approach develop outside of the therapy room. He has set up a number of innovative and successful projects within children’s services, in both statutory and voluntary sectors, ensuring that evaluation of outcome was built in from the start.

Guy developed the acclaimed BRIEF Diploma in Solution Focused Practice and from 2005 to 2010 was the co-director of the course.

Guy has presented widely on the solution focused approach throughout the UK and also in the Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Belgium, France, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, Palestine, Russia, Latvia and the US.

Guy has written a number of chapters and articles on the approach, describing his work with children and families, in child protection practice and more generally. His book, Solution-Focused Practice: Effective Communication To Facilitate Change, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2014. He has a book chapter out later in 2017 in the Sage Counselling Handbook, and is currently working on a chapter on solution-focused practice in social work for the Routledge Handbook of Social Work Theory.

Guy is committed to the continuing research-based development of the solution-focused approach and to encouraging research and the dissemination of research, particularly by practitioners.

Guy is registered as a social worker by the Health and Care Professions Council, has the MA in Solution Focused Brief Therapy from Birmingham University and is a member of the British Association of Social Workers and the UK Association of Solution Focused Practice, of which he was a founder member. He has been the Chair of the British Association of Social Workers since June 2014 and his second and final term of office will end in June 2018.

Guy is interested in the philosophical approaches associated with solution-focused brief therapy and completed a Master’s degree in philosophy with the Open University in 2014. His dissertation topic was embodied cognition and its implications for personal identity, and he is currently investigating connections between this and solution-focused practice.