Aristotle’s help with my solution focused training

Aristotle’s help with my solution focused training

I was reading a review by Julian Baggini of Oliver Burkeman’s new book on the negative path to happiness. Fascinating stuff (sounds like well worth reading). Apparently, the positive psychology chap, Martin Seligman, has ‘pretty much abandoned’ happiness, or using the word at least. Instead he has turned to ‘flourishing’, which was seen as the highest human good by Aristotle. Happiness is simply a side-effect, albeit a frequent one, of...

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Focusing – on the whole thing

Focusing – on the whole thing

I have become very interested in the technique of Focusing, devised by Eugene Gendlin, and described in a very appealing way by him in his book Focusing: How to gain direct access to your body’s knowledge. I mentioned it in passing in my recent paper on solution-focused therapy and dance,  though while I was writing that paper my understanding of the technique was rather rudimentary.   Having worked through the book, and practised...

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Studying philosophy – business or pleasure?

Studying philosophy – business or pleasure?

Stephen Hawking has recently pronounced that philosophy is dead, and I am very much hoping that he is mistaken, given that I have recently embarked on a higher degree in the subject (There again, I studied the dead language of Latin up to ‘A’ Level and that was stimulating enough. And I understood at the time that Classics and Maths were the two subjects most sought after in the world of computing – having gone on to obtain a Maths...

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Anti-racism in the East End documentary

Anti-racism in the East End documentary

Great timing – I was really pleased to hear today that the world premiere of Phil Maxwell & Hazuan Hashim’s film, From Cable Street to Brick Lane, an independent, feature length documentary dealing with the fight against racism and fascism in the East End of London, is taking place at the Genesis Cinema, Whitechapel, on the evening of 5 July. This is the same date as the first day of our two-day Next Steps in Solution Focused...

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Sue Young & Solution-Focused Anti-Bullying

Sue Young & Solution-Focused Anti-Bullying

I am delighted and honoured to be able to present on our website a version of what I have long considered to be the best account of an application of the solution-focused approach outside of the therapy room. Sue Young’s chapter on her Support Group approach to anti-bullying appeared in the BT Press book, Solutions in Schools, in 2001, and Sue has since gone on to develop and extend her work on using solution-focused practice in schools...

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BASW England conference presentation

BASW England conference presentation

In my previous blog post I mentioned that we would be discussing our visit to Palestine at the annual England conference of the British Association of Social Workers in Stoke on 23 March. Our presentation was extremely well-attended, even though it took place in the lunch break, and gathered a lot of interest as people sat, listened and asked questions, while eating their sandwiches. The powerpoint presentation that we used to illustrate our...

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