South-West Solution-focused Practice Group: 24th September
Friday 24th September 9.30am-12.30pm (on Zoom).
Places are limited – so please book soon to join us.
The Solution-focused Practice Group sessions are a continuing professional development (CPD) service that aims to bring together people committed to working in a solution-focused way to develop skills and build networks. Please let others know interested in developing their solution-focused understanding and skills about this opportunity.
Sessions comprise any one or more of:
* skills practice
* case studies
* group exercises and discussions
*SF sessional video footage
– all good opportunities for practitioners to step back from the daily work and reflect, learn and refresh.
CPD attendance certificates can be issued.
Attendance at these sessions costs:
· £25 +VAT if funded by your organisation***
· £17 + VAT if sole trader /microbusiness
· £12 + VAT if self-financing (low income)
Receipts / invoices can be issued
**** If your organisation needs to raise a purchase order to pay for your attendance – please contact us directly via email@example.com with the PO stating the number (& names) and the cost per person, i.e. £25+VAT, many thanks.
For more information contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01752 606415
Solution-focused Approach Online 2-Day Course
Tuesday 16th & 23rd March 2021
9.30 am – 4.30pm
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.
Trainer: Marc Gardiner
Marc is the SF lead of the Zebra Collective and a highly experienced SF practitioner and trainer of 20 years working with individuals, groups, communities and organisations.
£160+VAT per person; 40-page course notes and an attendance certificate with learning outcomes listed + free attendance at one Solution-focused Practitioner Group.
Discounts available for individuals self-financing (low income), and for 2+ bookings.
Contact: email@example.com to book, or with any enquiries.
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.
By the end of this online 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.”
“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.”
Zebra is 15 in July
To mark this milestone, we’re celebrating in our neighbourhood on
Monday 2nd July, 4-8pm at Welcome Hall, Devonport
From 4-6pm we’ll facilitate a World Cafe session on the themes of well-being and social Justice, referencing current pressing challenges in our communities and society.
Then it’s time to relax: from 6-8 there’ll be food, light chat – and perhaps one or two speeches from the Zebra global diaspora.
Column Acoustic Fundraiser Friday 29th September
It’s our annual benefit for the fabz community All Apples Ways project and its autumn extravaganza at Devonport Guildhall later at the end of October
Interested in mentoring a young person?
Come along to our information meeting about our Contact Mentoring Project on
Monday 20th February 5-6pm
Time Bank Broker Training, Saturday 5th July
Saturday 5th July 2014, 10.30am – 2.30pm, Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Devonport, PL1 4EL
DO YOU WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
DO WANT AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY THAT COULD LEAD ON TO EMPLOYMENT OR FURTHER TRAINING?
DO YOU HAVE A FEW SPARE HOURS EACH WEEK OR MONTH?
If you answered yes to any of the above, being a Time Bank Broker could be the opportunity you are looking for!
If you would like to book a free place please, contact Liza Packer firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01752 395131.
Timebanking is a reciprocal exchange of skills and knowhow, where the only currency is time. For every hour of help that someone gives they get an hour credit back to ask for something they want from any Time Bank member. For example gardening, learning a language, baking, simple DIY, fixing a bike, sewing and much more……
Time Bank Brokers volunteer their time to promote the benefits of timebanking, arrange one to one and group swaps and organise community activities that bring people together.
Time Bank Brokers are fully trained and given on-going support.
To find out more why not join our next free training session? The session is informal and fun and there is no obligation to be a Broker after attending!
The next free training session will be held on Saturday 20th September, contact Liza to find out more.
Co-operatives Fortnight & Inernational Co-ops Day Event – Frankfort Gate, Plymouth
2nd annual Time Bank Conference: Cashless Communities
Download booking form here.
Open solution-focused Communication Workshops Exeter, autumn 2013 (22.10.13 postponed, dates to be confirmed)
Tired of getting stuck looking at the problem? This session will leave you thinking in a powerful new way and beginning to think how it can be applied powerfully in your work. It may change your life.
The ideas, values and skills of solution-focused communication are helpful to anyone who works with people on change: the focus moves away from the problem towards preferred futures, progress already made, strengths and possibilities. The power of this approach has long been evidenced in helping services, community work and schools, but is becoming recognised also in staff / human resource management and coaching, and organisational development.
This session introduces new and radical ideas on how we can best facilitate and foster change. It promotes personal and professional development, and will be useful to anyone who works with people – particularly those who support others through problems (e.g. workers in social care and housing support settings, mental health workers, community workers and health staff) and staff / team / organisation managers etc.
By the end of this workshop you will:
- Have a working knowledge of the philosophy and key concepts of solution-focused communication, and some clues re use of the key tools and techniques
- Have experience of a solution-focused conversation
- Have insight into how the learning can be applied and sustained in your own work context
- Have an action plan and an immediate first step for your future use of solution-focused communication
£75+VAT per person, £50 for second participant attending from the same organisation and £25 for the third
Contact: email email@example.com or phone 01752 395131
The 2nd South West Solution Focused Conference
‘Solution Focused Developments – Past, Present and Future’
Zebra Collective and Plymouth Psychotherapy Department are pleased to announce the second South West Solution Focused Conference, this time at the stunning and recently regenerated 1820s Regency town hall of the old town of Devonport. www.devonportguildhall.org
The keynote will be struck by Dr Alasdair MacDonald, Consultant Psychiatrist and former president of the European Brief Therapy Association, who will talk on the development and changes in the model from its origins to the present day, with some consideration of future directions.
The later morning and afternoon will then offer a choice of workshops run by current practitioners from a range of backgrounds including education, mental health, speech and language therapy, learning disabilities and community work. Workshops will have a practical emphasis, drawing on these practitioners’ current thinking and practice.
Cost: £50+VAT Closing date for applications 3rd September 2013
NB: Reservations are confirmed on receipt of payment.
Lunch and refreshments provided.
To reserve a place please contact: Plymouth Psychotherapy Department, Centre Court, 73 Exeter Street, PlymouthPL4 0AH.
Tel: 01752 435510 or 35510 internal.
I wish to reserve a place on: The Second South West Solution Focused Conference” on Thursday 3rd October 2013.
Cheque enclosed payable to: