"Change is happening all the time. Our role is to identify useful change and amplify it"
"Things should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler"
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook"
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few"
Solution-focused (SF) practice is a highly effective and brief approach to progress and change. Respectful, positive and efficient, it is a conversational approach which follows
a set of clear principles and uses specific tools to support clients’ progress. SF is clean and minimal… most clients report feeling better and more hopeful and, crucially, are able to make
lasting improvements in their situations.
So what is the ‘difference that makes a difference’? Well, SF practitioners concern themselves with what clients want rather than what they don’t want, and start working on that. On the surface, this may seem obvious, but it involves a radical shift in thinking from the traditional approach to problem solving. SF thinking breaks with the assumption that problem and solution are somehow connected. For the most part, we don’t need to ‘rummage around’ in problems and their causes in order to create sustainable solutions for difficult situations. This has been demonstrated successfully in many thousands of cases.
SF originated in the 1980s in the field of therapy and continues to be developed by practitioners around the world. This flexible approach can work fast and effectively in the most challenging situations, and can be adapted to many different settings.
Organisational applications include coaching, leadership, team development and conflict resolution. It's the fastest and most effective way I know of getting people working together
Other applications include therapy, counselling, social work, health, mental health, substance misuse, occupational therapy, education, unemployment and community development.
We also teach people the skills, tools and principles of solution-focused work. Details of our training programmes are here.