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Solution-Focused

Therapy: The Masters Speak

Elliott Connie, MA, LPC

Linda Metcalf, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

Saturday, November 15, 2008

9:00am-10:15am

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Introduction

• What are your best hopes for attending this

presentation?

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• How rebellious are you?

• How much fun do you like to have in your

work?

• Do you like freedom in your work?

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• What we hope to accomplish during our time

together:

• Linda’s story

• Elliott’s story

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• Video Clip

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“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.

It takes a touch of genius, and a lot of courage, to move in the opposite

direction.”

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what we were curious about…

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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

• What is it about this

model that draws people

to it?

• What do the people that

are drawn to it have it

common?

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• Who is the solution focused therapist?

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The “Masters” we chose to talk to…

Alasdair MacDonald

Sara Smock

Harry Korman

Yvonne Dolan

Eve Lipchick

Thorana Nelson

Alison Johnson

Tracy Todd

Chris Iveson

Debbie Hogan

Ron Warner

Cynthia Franklin

Therese Steiner

Brian Cade

Rayya Ghul

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The Questions

How did you first learn about Solution Focused Therapy? (What setting,

and with whom?)

How did you discover that Solution-Focused Therapy was the model that

seemed to “fit” with your way of working with clients?

What characteristics of this model drew you towards it?

How has utilizing Solution Focused Therapy impacted your work with

clients? (Please mention if you utilized a previous model and the difference

you noticed in clients and yourself after switching to Solution Focused

Therapy.)

How would your clients describe your work with them? Have any of your

clients who might have experienced another model of therapy commented

on the difference (if any) that they perceived when working with you?

What is it about SFT that makes it so effective?

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Describe one of your favorite cases and how it impacted your work as a

therapist.

Has the use of Solution Focused Therapy impacted you in your personal

life? If so, please explain.

What are some key personality traits that you think are shared amongst

Solution Focused Practitioners?

What are some common mistakes that therapists “trying on” the model

make most often? If you had a chance to guide them differently, how would

you do so?

What are some things you notice students doing while “trying on” this

model that lets you know this model may fit them?

If you were training therapists in the Solution Focused Therapy model, what

strategies would you use to train them and how would you present the

material?

If you could pick a pioneer Solution Focused Therapist who impacted your

work, who would you name and why?

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What we learned

• Most respondents were

trained in other

therapeutic approaches

prior to discovering

SFBT.

Cynthia Franklin

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• The SFT community

has been remarked as

being very accepting of

newcomers.

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• Once the shift was made to using SFT in their

work, that work became more fun.

• Therese Steiner

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• The theory became a way of life, not just a way of

working with clients.

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• Once SFT was discovered it

was like “coming home”, a

name to what “I was already

doing”.

• Chris Iveson

• Brief Therapy

Practice-London

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• There is a flow or a

“poetry” to the way the

respondents told their

stories.

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• There is a passion for

this model.

• Rayya Guhl

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• People enjoyed being a

part of the project and

queries were often

responded to quickly.

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• SFTers constantly

search for discovery

with in uses of the

model. Still students.

• Allison Johnson

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• SFTers have a determination to add to the evidence

base of this model with different types of research.

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• Most of the questions

were hard to answer.

• Tracy Todd

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• Mentors and trainings

were very important in

the ability to learn this

model.

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• Quotes had meaning in the responses.

• Thorana Nelson

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• SFTers are creative and

energetic.

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• Many have been

directly impacted by

Steve deShazer and

Insoo Kim Berg.

• Yvonne Dolan

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Conclusion

• Which traits do you identify with?

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model connected the sfbt to life, personally.

• The sfbt always notices that the conversations remind them

some of how their grandmother talked, or others talked to them.

• SFBT connected their lives together…sort of made it all make

sense.

• They talk of an underlying theme that has been running in their

lives before and now they have a name for it.

• Someone finally gave them permission to do different things in

therapy and that was thrilling.

• They are quote people.

• There is poetry to their descriptions, narratives and therapy.

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• Everyone in the SFBT culture remarks on the

openness of the culture.

• The SFBT never backs down because it becomes who

they are, they live it and the clients are so pleased with

the results. That’s what makes it worthwhile….the

clients.

• They receive pleasure from the work.

• They respond quickly to each other’s queries and with

questions….not advice.

• They enjoy being part of a project or offering help.

• They are accepting.

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for positions.

• They are passionate and emotional about the model.

• They don’t recognize boundaries of the model. The

SFBT expects sft should go beyond therapy and

should be applied everywhere…occupational

therapists, schools, etc.

• There is always a vision and it is never

impeded…where shall we go? Everywhere.

• They are creative.

• There is a greater sense of quality of living.

• There is less stress, less burnout.

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To summarize

• This is a theory for living life.

• This is a way to be with people.

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Contact

• Elliott Connie, MA, LPC

email: contact@elliottconnie.com

phone: (817)602-1714

• Linda Metcalf, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

email: dr_linda@ix.netcom.com

phone: (817)690-2229

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