UKASFP Member Blogs

Brief’s Blog

This link is to Brief’s blog with ideas and thoughts about SF practice and training.

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Guy Shennan’s Blog

In his blog Guy shares ideas that he hopes will be useful to all and sundry, gleaned from his experience and activity, collaborations and collisions, reading and reflections.

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Mark McKergow’s Blog

Mark McKergow’s blog is fizzing with ideas and information about what he and his team have been up to at the Centre for Solution Focus at Work.

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Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman’s Blog

Paul and Janine’s blog has information about their work, including a video of the Reading CEO giving his view of the impact of SF in Reading.

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Steve Freemans’s Blog

Steve’s is the UKASFP National Development Officer and he writes on the UKASFP Site and on Facebook.

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Solution Focused Web Sites

Alasdair Macdonald

Dr Alasdair Macdonald has been teaching and training in solution focused brief therapy for over 20 years. He has taught in the USA, South Africa, China, Singapore and Australia, as well as most of the countries of Europe. He has a special experience in the application of these ideas within the mental health setting and with offenders. His site has a really useful list of over 40 peer-reviewed publications and numerous other published pieces. His book ’Solution Focused Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice\’ was published in 2007.

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Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

The purpose of this Association is primarily an informative one to increase the awareness of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and its associated benefits. We also provide information and advice to qualified hypnotherapists and those who are currently training.

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Association of Solution Focus Coaches & Trainers  

SFCT sees itself as a vital contributor to the growing world of Solution Focus in organisations. The SF community now has international conferences, lively discussion groups and international collaboration among individuals and teams and a strong ethos of building and sharing SF practices. SFCT will to contribute to this SF community. It will be a formal focal point, supporting, promoting and disseminating research and the exchange of knowledge, information, good practice and quality in SF in organisations.

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Brief

BRIEF was founded in 1989 and the following year held its inaugural conference at which Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, the co-founders of solution focused brief therapy, presented their ideas for the first time in Britain. Since the early days of solution focused practice BRIEF has become aware of the wider potential of the approach, developing applications in the fields of coaching, leadership, conflict resolution and team building. These developments have taken BRIEF out of the fields of health, education and social care into the corporate sector where managers and leaders are becoming increasingly clear about its transformative potential. BRIEF has delivered training courses, agency-based, to professionals including counsellors and psychotherapists, professionals working across the field of mental health including nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, and psychiatrists, as well as all of the professionals involved in the field of education in addition to social workers, probation officers and substance mis-use workers.

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Brief Therapy Support Service

The Brief Therapy Support Service Ltd is a privately own company offering solution focused support for people who have hidden abilities. We have an open referral system and we have particular expertise in working with people who have Aspergers Syndrome, chronic mental ill health, memory problems, or who do not feel they benefit from more traditional approaches to therapy.

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Brief Therapy Support Services, Ltd

This is the website of Vicky Bliss. Vicky is from Iowa, in the middle of the States and has over 29 years experience working with people who have learning disabilities, autism, stroke, dementia or mental health problems. Vicky has a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Nebraska (USA). Vicky has also completed a Master of Arts Degree in Solution Focused Brief Therapy at Birmingham University in 2006 Clarks Cottage Union Lane Pilling, Lancashire PR3 6SS Contacts: 07971569042 vicky@btss.org.uk

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Change Birmingham Brief Therapy

Change Birmingham Brief Therapy has been in existance as a charitable agency since 1991. It was the first voluntary agency in the UK to specialise in Solution Focused Counselling. As well as providing counselling for clients, it provides a Certificate Course in Solution Focused Practice.

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Eileen Murphy Consultants and Associates

The principles of all of our work are based on the belief that it is the individual who is the expert of their lives and therefore it is essential to harness that expertise as a crucial part of any intervention with the individual We provide direct consultancy work with clients, provide in-house and public training courses, offer “change” consultancy with individuals, local authorities and organisations. Our introductory and bespoke Solution Focused Approach and Brief Therapy training and staff development programmes are well evaluated.

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European Brief Therapy Association

The European Brief Therapy Association is an organisation which aims to support the development of Brief Therapy. Since 1994 EBTA conferences have been arranged in many cities throughout Europe. The conferences have been a source of inspiration with like-minded professionals, bridging, sharing experiences, friendship and gathering facts on Brief Therapy research. On their web pages you will find information about the EBTA conferences, a collection of material and links leading to information about Brief Therapy, and also information about the EBTA research grant.

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Focus on Solutions

An independent training agency specialising in the solution focused approach led by Bill O’Connell. Our training team delivers in-house Brief Solution-Focused courses to public sector managers and front-line staff.

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Guy Shennan Associates

This is the website of Guy Shennan, who is an independent consultant specialising in the conversational approach to helping known as solution focused practice. Using it in his practice as a coach, counsellor, consultant and supervisor, Guy also trains people in how to use it in the work that they do. He is also an activist and writer, interested in developing collaborative, creative approaches to all the areas of his work and activity.

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NHS Evidence on Solution Focused Brief Therapy

This site gives a summary of the evidence on Solution Focused Brief Therapy and the relevant papers can be downloaded free.

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SFWork

Mark McKergow and his colleagues at the Centre for Solutions Focus at Work have a world class reputation for really getting to grips with change in complex and ever-changing contexts. Our practical tools are used internationally by people wanting to tackle tough situations – in management, coaching, negotiations, conflict, personal effectiveness, just keeping going – in a flexible yet effective way.

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Signs of Safety

Andrew Turnell’s Signs of Safety approach to child protection case work. The Signs of Safety approach is grounded in actual, on-the-ground human practice that makes a constructive difference for professionals and families, and creates meaningful safety for children in high-risk cases. This approach recreates a purposive, positive focus for child protection work that is both energising and affirming for practitioners and agencies who take on this difficult work.

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Social Networking

The UKASFP has a Facebook group (UKASFP) which is open to all for thoughts, ideas and the usual FB stuff. Not a free advertising space ‘though! We also have a Twitter feed (search for UKASFP) and a Linkedin group.

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Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association

A Brief History of SFBTA: In the fall of 2001, Steve de Shazer and Terry Trepper sent an invitation to a number of people in the North American solution focused community to gather together at Purdue University – Calumet to share experiences and tools used in teaching SFBT. Steve posed three questions: How best can we help people learn to do SFBT? What is it that you know about answering this question? What do I know about it? The group agreed on a series of weekend seminars held in Hammond, Indiana. We started our sharing tools for teaching and then a number of other things developed. With the able leadership of Thorana Nelson, we began assembling the ideas together for a book. Education and Training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy was published in 2005.

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Solution Focused Practice & Research

New online library containing Solution Focused abstracts, with some articles, chapter info, reviews etc using the Mendeley system. Free to join and use as I\’ve made it an open group. Stephen Palmer [dr.palmer@btinternet.com]

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Solution Focused Trainers

Solution Focused Trainers offers locally delivered courses and accredited courses in the north of England and beyond. Research demonstrates that for a wide variety of presenting problems a solution focused approach offers a 65 – 83% chance of the problem being resolved or significantly reduced in an average of 3 to 5 sessions. Resulting in significant savings in time and money for organisations and their service users. The company is owned by John Wheeler and Greg Vinnicombe who have between them over 20 years’ experience of training in solution focused practice.

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The Solution Focus

The Solutions Focus provides consulting, coaching and training. The consultancy is led by Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman.

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UK Solution Focused practice map

Solution Focused practice in the UK A map of Solution focused practice throughout the UK. Please feel free to add to this map or contact plant.carl@gmail.com for inclusion.

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