South-West Solution-focused Practitioner Group – Online

Thursday 22nd April 3 – 6pm (on Zoom).

Places are limited – so please book soon to join us.

The Solution-focused Practitioner 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:

* teaching
* 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  info@zebra.coop  with the PO stating the number (& names) and the cost per person, i.e. £25+VAT, many thanks.

For more information contact us on: info@zebra.coop / 01752 606415

Solution-focused Approach Online 2-Day Course

Tuesday 16th & 23rd March 2021
9.30 am – 4.30pm

using Zoom

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: info@zebra.coop 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.

Learning outcomes

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.”

Plymouth Solution-focused Practitioner Group

Monday 20th January 2020, 3 – 6pm

Venue:  Welcome Hall, 4 Fore St, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4DN

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.

Please ensure you book your place(s) by 5th  January as we need a minimum of 10 bookings to make it financially viable for Zebra to run this session – thanks.

For more information or to book: contact Marc Gardiner:  info@zebra.coop / 01752 606415

Attendance at these sessions costs:

£25+VAT if funded by your employer.

£20 including VAT if sole trader / microbusiness

£10 including VAT if self-financing (low income).  Receipts / invoices will be issued.

Light refreshments provided.

 

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

Mentoring Feb 17

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 liza@zebra.coop 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

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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.

Learning outcomes

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

Costs

£75+VAT per person, £50 for second participant attending from the same organisation and £25 for the third

Contact: email  info@zebra.coop  or phone 01752 395131