Next Steps – a review

Next Steps – a review

‘Impressions of a Next Steps in Solution Focused Practice Course – by an Independent Social Worker’ James Clossick, a¬†former colleague of mine (we worked together in an adolescent psychiatric unit a quarter of a century ago – I was a lowly nursing assistant, he seemed grand as a social worker), turned up on my Next Steps training course last week. He told me that he is as much a writer as a social worker these days. I...

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UKASFP in Edinburgh, 2012

UKASFP in Edinburgh, 2012

The UK Association for Solution Focused Practice (UKASFP) has continued its practice of hosting its annual conference in beautiful old cities of the UK – Bath last year being followed by Edinburgh last week. The 9th annual conference of UKASFP was another well-attended affair, with participants from the usual eclectic range of contexts, reflecting the versatility of the solution-focused approach. For the second year running, a Texan...

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Open access courses dates for 2012

The dates are now available for the 2012 public courses. They are:   London, 5-6 July – in the hippest heart of the hippest East End.   Preston, 4-5 September – during the once-every-twenty-years Preston Guild, an institution since 1179.   Contact me for more details and to book a place…  

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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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Dancing towards Solutions

Dancing towards Solutions

I have written elsewhere about my interest in combining the solution-focused approach and physical movement, the dance movement practice of the 5Rhythms in particular. I’m currently feeling more excited about this than ever, having recently written a paper on the topic, Dancing towards Solutions, which you can read here. This has been written for a conference book to accompany this year’s European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA)...

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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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