Key Elements of Solution Focus Ben Robertson
Solution focus is a way of helping people and organisations to find what works for them. It is about solution building rather than finding out more about the problem. It is based upon the view that the same thinking that led to the problem will not lead to the solution.
There are a number of solution focused ‘tools’ that practitioners will recognise and use in their practice – whether it be in the context of therapy, counselling, coaching, teaching, training or organisational consultancy.
Picturing preferred future
Noticing and naming resources
Small steps and small signs of progress
Encouraging ‘problem-free’ talk
Sharing credit and compliments
The miracle question
An important belief of all solution focused practitioners is that the person – or organisation – is the expert in their own situation, so the role of the practitioner (or helper) is to help to focus on what the person (or organisation) wants instead. This does not mean that there will be no opportunity to talk about what caused the problem, but the curiosity of the practitioner will be to ask about what things will be like when the problem is resolved. The purpose of the miracle question is to visualise the things that will be different when the problem is resolved.