Solution-focused Practice: 3-day online open course – September – October 2023

Tuesdays 19th & 26th September 9.30am-4.30pm; 31st October 1-4.30pm, On Zoom

The solution-focused approach is a versatile change conversation approach 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.  

Trainer: Marc Gardiner Marc is Zebra’s SF Lead and a highly experienced SF practitioner and trainer of 25 years working with individuals, groups, communities and organisations.  

£200+VAT per person; includes a 40-page course notes booklet, model question cribsheets, and an attendance certificate with learning outcomes. 
Discounts available for individuals self-financing (low income), and 15% discount for 2+ bookings.  

If your organisation needs to raise a purchase order to book your place – please email stating the PO number (& names) and the cost per person, i.e. £200+VAT, many thanks.

To book email Payment in advance to book your place.

NB No refund/transfer credit for participant cancellations in the fortnight up to the start date. Refunds or credit transfer to a future course are available if this course is postponed or cancelled.  

About the course 
Tired of getting stuck looking at the problem? This 2.5-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 practice are helpful to anyone who works with people: the focus moves away from the problem towards hopes, the changes the person / group wants, strengths, resourcefulness, resilience and competence, progress already made, and possibilities. The power of this approach has long been evidenced in helping services, community work and schools, and is now increasingly recognised also in personnel management, organisational development, and coaching.  

Solution-focused practice 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 change conversation 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.  

This a skills-development programme, with lots of opportunity for structured practice in the core elements of solution-focused work: best hopes, rich picture of preferred future, instances / exceptions/ progress, coping, motivation, next steps.   

Learning outcomes 
By the end of this 2.5-day workshop you will:  
– Have a working knowledge of the philosophy, value base, and key elements
of solution-focused practice  
– 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 developed an immediate next step for consolidating and building on the learning, and for your future use of solution-focused practice  
– Know about local & global (online) 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.”  

“Many thanks for a great second session yesterday, it was a fast paced, stimulating day and I’m now full of enthusiasm for SF and looking forward to putting it into practice.”   

“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.”  

Further details about Solution-Focused Practice here. 

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