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1 Simple Therapy a step beyond SFBT Plamen Panayotov Solutions Brief Therapy and Counseling Centre Rousse Bulgaria

2 ‘ Improvisation requires a profound process of assimilation verging on forgetting. ’ Paolo Pandolfo

3 What is the most useful definition of SFBT ? A psychotherapeutic approach A way of thinking A life philosophy A toolbox (Steve de Shazer)

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5 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.

6 Solution Focus Question: Who needs to be solution-focused ? The therapist ? ( not necessarily ) The client ? ( preferably )

7 Question: Can we help clients become solution-focused without necessarily asking them SF questions ? The obvious answer : No. Paradoxically : Yes. If yes, how ?

8 Question:

9 to ask a certain question ( to use a particular tool ) ? Answer: You either guess, or you follow the client. Question: Which one is better ?

10 How do we follow clients ? by Listening to them and Observing their reactions

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12 quoted Ludwig Wittgenstein:

13 DON'T THINK, BUT OBSERVE !

14 Question: Since the therapist is too busy Observing,

15 Who will do the Thinking ?

16 Obviously, the Client !

17 How are we going to help her do it

18 By including in most of our questions to clients: … what do you think … ?

19 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.

20 the Thinking Tool / Question

21 The Basic Question ( Main Theme ) : What does the client want … -to talk about in her session ? -to be asked about ? -from our conversation ?

22 Thus we come to …

23 The Opening Questions : What do you think is the most useful question I can ask you as a beginning ? What do you think we need to talk about first ? What do you think we need to do first ?

24 Opening Questions

25 What do you think is the most common answer to the Opening Questions ? ? ?

26 Most clients reply with Laughter or at least a Smile

27 Insoo and Steve About Laughter video

28 How does this question/tool “What do you think is the most useful question I can ask you as a beginning ?” provoke laughter ?

29 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 !

30 This turns the therapeutic situation Upside Down

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34 When the client tells us the most useful question, we just … R e p e a t I t

35 Echoing - the Therapeutic Wheel

36 What happens if the client replies to the Opening Questions with : ‘ I don’t know. ’ This works as an invitation for us to use

37 The Classical SFBT Tools : Exceptions-finding Qs Miracle Question Scaling Questions Relationship Questions Coping Questions Compliments Tasks EARS

38 What happens if in response to the Opening Question the client asks W H Y her problem is there ?

39 Historically When talking about why problems exist used to say:

40 Shit A habit Happens.

41 Exercise Try to think of an exception to this ‘explanation’ : It happened first, and then became a habit.

42 The Final Cut of the Ockham’s razor : Everything happens first, and then becomes a habit.

43 Clearing the ‘why’ Questions

44 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...

45 the Process: Most therapists reply with clever answers SFB Therapists reply with useful questions (a Jesuit habit) Clients come with their questions …

46 What do you think happens when the ‘why’ is cleared ? After answering one, two, or several echoing questions what usually happens is … A Miracle:

47 Clients BECOME Solution-Focused, and THEY ask …

48 The Awakening Question : What are we going to do about it ?

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50 Then the therapist simply writes down their answers to the Awakening Question on … what, do you think ?

51 a Prescription

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54 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

55 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

56 How does a Prescription work ? Written texts are usually more powerful than spoken words.

57 A Prescription works also as a Reminder

58 Handing SOMETHING to clients is better than ‘just talking’ to them.

59 What do you think needs to happen next ? We need to ask for a permission

60 to follow-up the client.

61 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.

62 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.

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64 After the agreed upon TIME

65 Phone call by someone from the team

66 Follow-up Questions: How are things going on for you ? and Was our meeting 6 months ago useful for you ?

67 Feedback database DatePhone/ Client's Name(s) Client(s) Okay Client(s) Not Okay Therapy Useful Therapy Useless uuu xx vvv xx www xx xxx xx yyy xx zzz xx

68 How does it work ? -As an additional phone session -As a reminder -As a sign of engagement from the therapist -And …

69 As a tool for efficacy studies

70 Does Simple Therapy work ?

71 Reprise Therapeutic Improvisation requires a profound process of assimilation of therapeutic tools verging on forgetting them. after Paolo Pandolfo

72 for Questions & Comments

73 Don’t forget that the

74 is waiting for … Your new tools !!! So, Good Luck with discovering them with Your clients !

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