How is this definition useful ? It allows for … -Discovering new tools -Trying them out in practice -Evaluating them -Sharing them with others -Adding them to the toolbox … thus developing the SFBT practice.
Solution Focus Question: Who needs to be solution-focused ? The therapist ? ( not necessarily ) The client ? ( preferably )
Question: Can we help clients become solution-focused without necessarily asking them SF questions ? The obvious answer : No. Paradoxically : Yes. If yes, how ?
By including in most of our questions to clients: … what do you think … ?
Examples: ‘… what do you think you will notice after the miracle …’ ‘… where do you think you are on a scale from …’ ‘… what do you think s/he would say (see, notice) …’ ‘… what do you think the next step might be (look like) …’ ‘… when do you think it was a little bit better …’, etc.
How does this question/tool “What do you think is the most useful question I can ask you as a beginning ?” provoke laughter ?
By changing the focus from the client to the therapist and the conversation at hand. It’s implicit meaning is: I don’t know anything about your problem, about the possible solutions, but I don’t know also … what to ask you !
This turns the therapeutic situation Upside Down
Instead of saying this to clients … we ask them the Why Clearing Questions: When did this habit happen for the first time ? How often does this habit happen lately ? When did this habit happen for the last time ? because of...
the Process: Most therapists reply with clever answers SFB Therapists reply with useful questions (a Jesuit habit) Clients come with their questions …
What do you think happens when the ‘why’ is cleared ? After answering one, two, or several echoing questions what usually happens is … A Miracle:
Clients BECOME Solution-Focused, and THEY ask …
The Awakening Question : What are we going to do about it ?
What does a Prescription contain ? From 1 to 5 (usually 3 - 4) self-prescribed tasks (answers to the Awakening Question) in client’s preferred order
Rp./ Pills A cigarette in the morning Verdi’s ‘Requiem’, page 107 of ‘War and Peace’, then talking to friends Buying a dog A walk in the park A cognac with the afternoon coffee Two-sided prescriptions Whatever clients prescribe to themselves
How does a Prescription work ? Written texts are usually more powerful than spoken words.
Follow-up Permission Quest If you let one of us ask you 6 months from now on the phone … How are things going on for you ? and Was our meeting(s) useful for you ? please write down your phone number.
How does it work ? From now on the client will have to change not only for herself, but also for the therapist. Her progress will be OBSERVED.