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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Come Together!

Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Featured | 0 comments

Come Together!

November is going to be an exciting month. I’m looking forward in particular to the Palestine-UK Social Work conference and to the new course I will be running with Rob Cumming, on combining narrative therapy  techniques alongside solution-focused ones. There are connections between the two events, as will become apparent. I first became aware of narrative therapy in 1995, when Chris Iveson of BRIEF drew from it and in particular from Michael White’s seminal paper, Deconstruction and Therapy, on the first training course I ever...

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Men and feminism

Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Men and feminism

I was sitting in the shade outside the Gallery Cafe one morning last week, when a young man with a camcorder approached two other young men who were drinking coffee, and asked if he could interview them about what it’s like being a man in the 21st century. It turned out it was for a project he was doing for his Masters course. The young men agreed, then were a bit stuck for words when the camera was pointed at them. It is a bit of a tough question, when you think about it. I was struck by this more than I might have been because it came...

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Shifting preferences – solution focus, focusing, and deliberative democracy.

Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Featured | 11 comments

Shifting preferences – solution focus, focusing, and deliberative democracy.

I’ve been a bit busy to write blog posts for a while, but I’m hoping that the things I’ve been busy doing will be the subjects of posts over the next week or so. Starting with this one, about something I was doing yesterday. I was having one of my monthly sessions with fellow solution-focused conspirator, Rob Rave, during which we were conspiring more than ever to bring an embodied focus to our solution focus, by means of Focusing (it was a very focused session!). Rob – following the excellent manual written by Ann...

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Guest post on a Danish blog

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Featured | 0 comments

Guest post on a Danish blog

Many thanks to Anne-Marie Wulf for her invitation to write a post on her blog which I did on Embodied solution-focused practice. I have met Anne-Marie, who is from Denmark, at European solution-focused conferences and I reckon she is going places! I’m looking forward to working with Anne-Marie in the future.    

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Some solution-focused history

Posted by on April 27, 2013 in Featured | 7 comments

Some solution-focused history

I am currently engaged on a solution-focused writing project and here is a little sample of what I am writing. This is about how the people who developed solution-focused brief therapy, Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and their colleagues at the BFTC in Milwaukee, switched the focus of an earlier brief therapy from problems to exceptions to problems, turning problem-focused brief therapy into solution-focused brief therapy. I’d be interested in any comments, not least in whether it makes sense! A little history of the focus on what is...

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Narrative and solution-focused approaches

Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Featured | 3 comments

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 me. One of the themes running through their discussion was the connections between the approaches, and...

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Palestine-UK Social Work Network conferences

Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Featured | 0 comments

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 Palestinian social workers speaking.

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Focusing in Malmö

Posted by on March 9, 2013 in Featured | 10 comments

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 of overall, often vague and elusive  feeling, and the sort of question that is asked to help someone...

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I am my style – Paul Klee, and Wilko Johnson

Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Featured | 4 comments

I am my style – Paul Klee, and Wilko Johnson

The abstract for my workshop has just gone on the website for the European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA) conference taking place in Bern in September. The conference is taking place at the Zentrum Paul Klee, and the title and theme of the conference is “I Am My Style”, an intriguing comment once made by the German/Swiss artist in his diary. Workshop presenters were asked to include two sentences inspired by this quote, and my starting point was to look up ‘style’ in a dictionary, where I read, “the way in which...

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