Online Solution-focused Practice 2.5-Day Course Tuedays 4th July, 11th July & 12th September 2023

Tuesdays 4th July (9.30am-4.30pm), 11th July (9.30am-4.30pm) & 12th September (9.30am-1pm) 2023, online using Zoom.

The solution-focused approach is a versatile change conversation 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 Zebra’s  SF lead and a highly experienced SF practitioner and trainer of 20 years working with individuals, groups, communities and organisations.

£200+VAT per person; 40-page course notes and an attendance certificate with learning outcomes listed.

Discounts available for individuals self-financing (low income), and for 2+ bookings.

Contact: to book, or with any enquiries.

Please note that we will be unable to refund/transfer credit for participant cancellations in the week up to the start date of this course. 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 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 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 introductory course will provide the opportunity for lots of structured skills practice in the core elements of solution-focused Practice: best hopes, rich picture of preferred future, instances / exceptions / progress, coping, motivation, next steps. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this online 2.5-day workshop you will:

·         Have a working knowledge of the philosophy, value base, and key tools and techniques 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 first 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.”