Men and feminism

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...

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

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...

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Guest post on a Danish blog

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

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...

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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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