SF toolkit for children

Posted by on July 18, 2015 in Featured | 0 comments

SF toolkit for children

Over a year since my last blog post – oh dear! My best excuse is that I am involved in two other blogs at present, my BASW chair’s blog and my SF music blog. However, this certainly warrants a post here. I have been involved in training workers at the NSPCC for almost four years now. They have developed a service called Face to Face which is offered to children and young people in care or on the edge of care, and this service has gone from strength to strength. There are two things to report. One, the evaluation report which has...

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Conference season!

Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

Conference season!

It’s been too long! But I have some good excuses. Crossing all the t’s, dotting all the i’s and revising all the proofs for my book, Solution-Focused Practice: Effective Communication to Facilitate Change, for one. Its publication date has been set back to September, unfortunately, but that’s something to look forward to. And then there’s the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), of which I became chair last week, at the AGM which followed an excellent conference at St Lukes on Old Street, one of the homes...

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Solution-focused practice in the South Wales housing sector

Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

Solution-focused practice in the South Wales housing sector

For the past few years I’ve been helping staff at Caer Las in South Wales develop their skills in the solution-focused approach. This has come about through the vision of their chief exec, Jim Bird Waddington, who I met when he was on the BRIEF diploma at a time when I co-ran this course. Jim and Caer Las are brilliant to work with and they are making great use of solution-focused practice, which I hope I’ve done justice to in this article I wrote for the Welsh Housing Quarterly. (That link will take you to a scan of the paper...

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Solution-focused (and a little narrative) therapy meets performance art…

Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

Solution-focused (and a little narrative) therapy meets performance art…

Change My Mind is here! The seven artists have come together. The first video biographies have been constructed. The web portal is now live. CHANGE MY MIND HAS BEGUN! Check out the portal, follow, comment, interact and effect change! http://www.thisischangemymind.com (And where does solution-focused brief therapy, or narrative, come into it, or where do I for that matter? Enter the portal, take a look around, plus wait and see!)

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Solution-Focused Practice and Song—An Overture: The Best Part of Us

Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

Solution-Focused Practice and Song—An Overture: The Best Part of Us

I’m delighted to be able to provide a link to the article I have co-written with Jonas Wells on songs in solution-focused practice, which has just been published this very day. Solution-Focused Practice and Song—An Overture: The Best Part of Us introduces a project we’ve embarked on, in which we’ll be exploring the use of song in practising, teaching and writing about solution-focused practice. We’ll be presenting a workshop on this at the SOLWorld conference in Stockholm in September, at which I’m sure...

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Outsider witness practice

Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Featured | 2 comments

Outsider witness practice

Some time ago I wrote a blog post on integrating narrative and solution-focused approaches, and my interest and work  in this area continues to develop. One of the aspects of the Narrative Responses to Trauma congress I attended in Palestine in November 2012 that inspired me the most was the use of outsider witness practice. I was one of a small group of conference participants who, with Mohammad, a Palestinian narrative therapist, visited a Palestinian family in a refugee camp near Ramallah. Our job was to be ‘outsider witnesses’, to...

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From 2013 into 2014

Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Featured | 1 comment

From 2013 into 2014

So here I am, almost at the top of Great Britain* and almost at the end of the year. Time for a review and for the expression of some appreciation and thanks. I am dancing the old year out and the new year in (with Bodysurf Scotland, and thank you to them – check them out), and gratitude is one of many feelings that is being brought to the fore. Except that it’s not really a feeling, it’s an action, an activity. So let me do gratitude to a number of people. Though my next comment might sound like a plug, but let’s make this a...

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Love Me Tender

Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Featured | 7 comments

Love Me Tender

Dear reader, I hope that you get something from this piece of writing. I assume you would like to, otherwise, why would you bother reading it? (I also hope this beginning hasn’t put you off, by the way. It’s just part of the idea I’m wanting to share. I used to pride myself that I didn’t make assumptions about people, but I believe now they are inescapable – we inevitably make and communicate them all the time). The central part of this short piece comes from a book I have just written. It contains a thought or two about the...

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Social Work in Palestine conference

Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Social Work in Palestine conference

The Palestine-UK Social Work Network held a terrific conference in London on Tuesday 12 November. Sara Crabtree, a social work lecturer at Bournemouth University, has written an excellent blog post about it, which you can read here.

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One welcome is not enough

Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Featured | 4 comments

One welcome is not enough

I’ve just come back from a focusing coaching session with Rob Rave, in which he was helping me get in the right place for preparing my workshop at the European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA) conference in Bern this weekend. It was amazing how the focusing (and Rob) helped me to shift from an anxiety feeling in the pit of my stomach, to a more ready state, with a feeling of relaxation, and a sense of movement and alertness, as I imagined myself walking in my local park, the ideas coming thick and fast. I could not help moving there and...

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