When you understand about Solution Focused thinking and how it can benefit conversations and relationships, discussions that were once chores can become delightful journeys of exploration. If you think that’s a bit strong – a sales pitch even – well, I suppose you could be right.
Insofar as I think that working in a solution focused way is liberating, energising and exciting, I probably sound like an evangelist. This is precisely why I don’t talk about it too often (unless I’m running a training event).
Solution Focused practitioners often talk about ‘being solution focused’. This goes to the heart of the matter. When you embrace it, solution focused thinking is something you do yourself, not something you do to others.
About Solution Focused Thinking
The term Solution-Focused is widely used, but it is often used without really understand the meaning of the term Solution-Focused approach, what it means or why it is so valuable.
Maybe your job is formally recognised as part of the helping professions because it involves supporting people (HR, social work, counselling, psychiatry for example).
Or perhaps you work or volunteer in a wider group which includes roles like advocacy, charity and aid work, the law, mediation, medicine, occupational health, probation, physiotherapy, social work, teaching, and many others.
Your primary role is not seen as caring or support, but your daily routine inevitably involves helping people in crisis or distress. You are one of many ‘informal helpers’ who use the same skills as the first group – essentially these are the skills of counselling – yet you have had little or no training to develop their helping skills.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an approach to conversations that empowers both helpers and those they help. The approach brings with it a wealth of easily learned and adaptable techniques which will enhance the skills of any capable person, whatever the setting.