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.

 

Solution-focused Practice 2-day Example Outline

The solution-focused approach is a versatile and powerful way of creating conversations of possibility and change. 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 preferred futures, strengths, resourcefulness, resilience, progress already made, and possibilities.

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

Solution-focused is a “non-expert” approach: that is, everyone is the expert in what it is to be themselves, with their unique story and meanings, motivations, values etc. The worker, then, doesn’t know best, and has no advice to give, few suggestions to make: their job is to ask questions that foster the person’s best thinking. (The paradox here in that to be an effective, truly non-expert practitioner takes some expertise.)

Solution-focused offers strong, very adaptable new ways of thinking and practicing for change workers, and is useful to anyone who supports others through problems and change, e.g. workers in mental health, health, social care, housing, community work, and staff / team / organisation managers.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Have a working knowledge of the philosophy, value base, and key tools and techniques of solution-focused practice
  2. Have experience on both sides of a solution-focused conversation
  3. Have insight into how the learning can be applied and sustained in your specific work context
  4. Have an action plan and an immediate first step for consolidating and building on the learning, and for your future use of the solution-focused approach
  5. Know about the local networks for keeping in touch with solution-focused workers

 

Participant Numbers:  up to 15