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Solution Focused Practice - Introductory Course - 29th & 30th March 2022

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Solution Focused Practice - Introductory Course - 29th & 30th March 2022

What is this course?

Solution-focused practice was developed in the 1980s in Milwaukee, USA. The approach was developed as a model of therapy; however, it is now widely applied across, health, social care and educational settings. It can be applied in any setting, whether it be in an organisation, a community, groups, families, parenting, as well as for individuals. One of solution focused practice’s key strengths is its focus on simplicity, which makes it so accessible as well as applicable in so many settings.

The solution focused approach is a compassionate, hopeful and effective approach to support people to achieve their own desired outcomes to issues in their lives. The approach places people as experts in their own lives; with the strengths and capabilities to reach their hoped-for change. The approach works together with people to enable them to have a clear vision of how they want their life to be, how they would like things to be different. What their best hopes are for the future. So, the presence of what’s wanted, rather than the absence of what’s not wanted. The approach also pays attention to what’s working already, confirming it and building on it, and not focusing on the problem or analysing it

Start date Tuesday 29 March 2022

Further date/s Wednesday 30th March 2022

Time 9:30am - 4:30pm (UK Time)

Location Online

Fee £199 (Card Payment)-£220 (If invoice or quote required)

Discounts available

Student and SaLT returners to work £100

Course presenter: Naomi Whitehead

Naomi Whitehead (she/her) is a Solution-Focused practitioner accredited by the International Alliance of Solution-Focused Training Institutes. Naomi works online, in Sheffield, across the UK, and internationally, as a Solution-Focused coach, therapist and trainer. Naomi’s background in working with and coordinating services for adults facing multiple and complex challenges that have experienced homelessness, supporting young people involved in the criminal justice system and substance misuse, and managing voluntary sector projects, informs the structured yet playful, curious and deeply respectful stance she brings to all her work. Naomi discovered the Solution-Focused approach in 2003 and was most inspired by its potential three years later when volunteering in two young people’s prisons in Bolivia, South America. In 2015 Naomi became a freelance practitioner with a portfolio including trauma therapy, executive and young women’s coaching, reflective practice facilitation and international training around current approaches and innovations. Naomi represents the UK on the European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA) and is a full member of UKASFP and SFiO.

Course presenter: Tara Gretton

Tara Gretton (she/her) has a background in social work and was introduced to the Solution Focused approach in 2002. Prior to that Tara was an aspiring actor working in Fringe theatre in Dublin. Tara worked with adults with learning difficulties until 2010 and then made the transition to Children’s Services within Bath where she worked in a social work team that used Solution Focused Practice with adolescents and their families to prevent family breakdown and reduce the number of young people coming into care. Tara has extensive experience of using the Solution Focused approach with young people and their families and since becoming a freelance Solution Focused practitioner in 2014, Tara now works in many schools in her local area as a freelance Solution Focused practitioner carrying out 1:1 work and group work with children and young people. Tara is also a Solution Focused consultant to schools and trains all staff within schools in the Solution Focused approach. Tara has recently worked with a school that now calls itself a Solution Focused school. Tara runs an international Solution Focused schools network with a German colleague and delivers workshops internationally. Tara also runs a private practice from her family home in Bath.

Why attend this course?

• You seek an overview of solution-focused principles and tools
• You want to use solution focussed approaches in your work
• You are aware of the robust evidence base for SFBT and its wide applicability
• You want to be able to monitor and evaluate progress using SFBT consistent measures
• You look to be able to apply your learning straight away, and for approaches to be universally relevant to your work

Who is this course for?

The course is designed to be relevant to a wide range of helping professions, including speech and language therapists, practitioners working in Social Care, Mental Health, Education, Coaches, Counsellors, and anyone engaged in direct work with people who need to make changes in their life.

Course topics

• Concepts of solution -focused practice and their application within participant’s unique settings
• Solution-focused activities to experience benefits on thinking, perspective, confidence, and ability to help others in useful ways
• The assumptions of solution-focused practice that make it so uniquely empowering for the people the course participants work with
• ‘Top tips’ and ‘quick wins’; how to use solution-focused techniques alongside existing practice
• Conversation exercises relevant to clients that course participants work with
• Integration of principles into personal and professions life; insights and progression pathways towards advanced practice
• Underpinning literature; staying up to date with current thinking
• Progression pathways to Certification


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