SF toolkit for children

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...

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Conference season!

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...

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Solution-focused practice in the South Wales housing sector

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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Outsider witness practice

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...

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