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Devon Solution-focused Practitioner Group

Thursday 4th July  2019 3 – 6pm

Venue: Exeter Community Centre,
17 St Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG

The practitioner groups are a continuing professional development (CPD) service that aims to bring together people committed to solution-focused working to develop skills and build networks.

Sessions may comprise any one or more of:
* teaching
* skills practice
* case studies
* group exercises
* video analysis
– all good opportunities for practitioners to step back from the daily work and reflect, learn and refresh. Plus plenty of good networking.

CPD attendance certificates can be issued.

For more information or to book: contact Brigid McKittrick:

Tel: 01752 606415

Attendance at these sessions costs:

£25+VAT if funded by your employer.

£10 including VAT if self-financing.  Receipts / invoices will be issued.

You can pay on the day, and it’s OK just to turn up, but if you can let us know it helps us to estimate numbers and prep accordingly.

Light refreshments provided.

Anne Rambo 15th July 2019: Solution-focused Therapy & Family Therapy

Cornwall and Plymouth Family Therapy Branch invites you to

Solution Focused Therapy and Family Therapy

– Looking both ways

A  one-day workshop

with Anne Rambo

Monday 15th July 2019

9.30am – 4.30pm

Welcome Hall, 4 Fore St, Plymouth PL1 4DN

Solution Focused Therapy has historical ties to the field of Systemic Family Therapy, and in particular to the work of the Mental Research Institute.

Is that connection of historical interest only, or can an understanding of Solution Focused thinking in a family context deepen our understanding of the model and help our practice?

This workshop will be of interest to Solution Focused Therapists struggling to apply strengths based approaches in problem saturated context and Family Therapists seeking to expand their knowledge and practice of strength based approaches.

The workshop will be interactive, and will help Solution Focused practitioners learn how to draw on Systemic concepts such as complementary and symmetrical, to enrich their Solution Focused work – and Systemic practitioners might draw on Solution Focused ideas to enliven their Systemic work.

Anne Rambo is a University professor based in Florida, in the United States, and works primarily with ‘at risk’ youth. She is the author of three books for family therapists, one for overwhelmed parents, and multiple articles and book chapters on social justice and SFBT. She is happiest training beginning therapists to be systemic thinkers, solution focused facilitators, and social change agents, all at the same time.

Cost: £40 per delegate

 Street Parking available

To reserve a place please contact:  Plymouth Psychotherapy Department, 1st Floor, Centre Court,

73 Exeter Street, Plymouth PL4 0AH  Tel:  01752 435510  Email:

I wish to reserve a place on: Solution Focused Therapy and Family Therapy – Looking both ways on 15th July 2019

Cheque enclosed payable to:  Livewell Southwest CIC :  __________________________________________________________

Name: ________________________________________ ________________Designation: __________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Telephone: _______________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________

Run in association with The Zebra Collective and Livewell South West



Solution-focused Approach 2-Day Open Course

Plymouth – venue: tbc

16th & 18th July 9.30 am – 4.30pm

Bookings close Monday 8th Julyplease book as soon as possible to help us with running the course – thanks.

£160+VAT per person –  price includes cost of attendance at one subsequent Practitioner Group session of your choice; 40-page course notes, an attendance certificate with learning outcomes listed, and refreshments throughout.

Discounts available for individuals self-financing, and for 2+ bookings.

Contact: Marc Gardiner: to book, or with any enquiries.

The solution-focused approach is a versatile communication tool that can have real power in work with anyone who is stuck with big problems, as well as those just contemplating making some changes in life.

About the course

Tired of getting stuck looking at the problem? This two-day course will leave you thinking and working in a powerful new way. It may change your life.

The ideas, values and skills of solution-focused communication are helpful to anyone who works with people: the focus moves away from the problem towards preferred futures, strengths, resilience and competencies, progress already made, and possibilities.

The power of this approach has long been evidenced in helping services, community work and schools, but is becoming recognised also in personnel management, organisational development, and coaching.

Solution-focused communication is a “non-expert” approach to helping and change work. That is, it’s not based on the notion that the worker knows best. There’s a paradox here, though, in that to learn to function as an effective, truly non-expert practitioner takes some expertise.

This course offers new communication skills and fosters personal & professional development, and will be useful to anyone who works with people – particularly those who support others through problems and change (e.g. workers in social care and housing support settings, mental health workers, community workers and health staff) and staff / team / organisation managers etc.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this two-day workshop you will:

·         Have a working knowledge of the philosophy, value base, and key tools and techniques of solution-focused communication

·         Have experience of a solution-focused conversation, both as worker and client

·         Have insight into how the learning can be applied and sustained in your individual work context

·         Have an action plan and an immediate first step for consolidating and building on the learning, and for your future use of solution-focused communication

·         Know about the local networks for keeping in touch with solution-focused workers

What people said about this course:

“An excellent trainer with firm knowledge & skills, & a sustained belief – inspirational.”

 “Most valuable, interesting training session for a long time. Thanks.”

 “Wasn’t sure after first day whether this could be useful in support work – convinced now … <and> … would like to practice more…fascinating.”

 “The best training I have been on since I can remember! I believe this will have a huge impact on my working and personal life! Thank you.”

 “I think it is life changing – thanks.”

Introduction to Solution-focused Practice by Guy Shennan & Marc Gardiner in London, 12-13 Sept

Wellbeing in Nature – a social prescribing project

Wellbeing in Nature is a social prescribing project designed to facilitate the opportunity for groups of people to improve their health and wellbeing by coming together on a programme of nature-based activities.

The project is a collaboration between the Zebra Collective, Fotonow CIC and Greenwood Music CIC and funded by the Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme.

There are ten places per programme, with the Spring programme starting in June and the Autumn programme starting in September. Project starts on Thursday 13th June 2019

Wellbeing in Nature is informed by robust and extensive research about factors that can improve wellbeing and the cathartic experience of engaging with and within nature. The project is built around the Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

Wellbeing in Nature is looking for participants who want to improve their wellbeing through a progressive programme that will allow them to connect with each other and nature; be active in the outdoors; learn new skills, such as bushcraft. greenwood craft, photography; take notice and practice mindfulness and  give through conservation work and supporting each other.

Participants will help design the workshops and the programme will start with an engagement and planning workshop.

The outdoor nature workshops will take place in Caradon Woods, a 40-acre semi-ancient Woodland Trust site managed by Greenwood Music.  Running alongside this participants will take part in media and photography workshops with Fotonow CIC at their Ocean Studios facility.

Over the course of the programme, participants will take part in woodland wellbeing workshops whilst capturing their experience using the media skills developed with Fotonow. At the end of the programme, Fotonow will support participants to ‘tell their story’ through video, photography and/or sound.

This is a fantastic opportunity for people to boost their wellbeing and thanks to the Big Lottery funding it will be completely free to all, including transport to the woods and a lunch cooked on the open fire whilst there.

“This project provides people with an opportunity to build their wellbeing and resilience through taking part in experiential workshops in nature and exciting media workshops. They will shape their journey and inform how the project develops to better offer a social prescription to the natural health service.”

Aydin Boyacigiller, Wellbeing in Nature Project Manager, The Zebra Collective

For more information contact: Tel: 07919 172804 email: (more…)