The Difference that makes a Difference
The Difference that Solutions Focusing Coaching introduces is to take a new perspective on effective, practical support for people who meet complex difficulties, hoping for changes in their lives.
When a problem-focused expert goes about solving a someone else’s difficulty they focus on the problem, investing time and energy in analysing it and coming up with strategies that may or may not be put into action by the client.
But some complex problems defy analysis while at the same time demanding rapid action. It may prove to be impossible to assign a cause and suggest strategies to solve the problem.
The SF Coach approaches her work by recognising that the strengths, resources and hopes of the client are at the centre of the SF conversation, with the client respected as the expert in their own life. The Solutions Focused approach broadens the field of support with non-diagnostic, future-focused work placing the client as the active agent in their own growth and development, working in a self-directed way towards their own best hopes and their own preferred future.
Always the same difference
The SF approach in clinical, therapeutic work is called Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
Where support is being provided by non-clinical workers in support roles, for example in a wide range of caring agencies supporting adults and in schools, the work is known as Solutions Focused Coaching (SFC).
However named, the same simple and robust SF principles and elements of practice provide the structure for the work in all its varied applications.