I strongly believe that the effectiveness of Solution-Focused practice is linked to its radical simplicity
That is what makes Solution-Focused practices beautiful
I also believe that what we are doing today is the seed of what we will be doing tomorrow.
In other words, Solution-Focused practice will one day be remembered as a stepping stone
that led to a more comprehensive, even simpler, evidence-based and scientifically sound protocol for brief coaching and brief therapy.
Through careful observations of what works and taking cues from recent scientific discoveries
so we can elaborate hypothesis, we have our work cut out for us.
I am not the only one thinking that we should move forward.
Here is what Michael Hjerth
wrote recently, as a comment
to an interview of Gale Miller:
In 2000 or something I asked Steve de Shazer if the work, discipline and research that led up to the model should be seen as a nescessary part of SF, or if SF could stand on it’s own, as described in his books. He clearly indicated that the process was part of it. So, going back to basics in SF is not going back to Steve’s or Insoo’s books. It means going back to hard (but probably delightful) work: disciplined observation, research, challenging yourself, practice. The name Solution focus isn’t to be taken to seriously. Steve always, at least when I asked him, really saw him self as a Brief Therapist first, and Solution focused second. So Therapy (help clients) done Briefly (using as little resources as possible) is key.
And here is what Coert Visser
says in his blog, in a recent comment
“Insoo Kim Berg once answered the following question: “Do you see the solution-focused approach as a finished approach or do you think it will keep on developing and changing?” She started laughing and answered right away in a don’t-be-silly kind of way: “Oh no, it’s not finished. For any model to stay alive it will need to constantly keep developing and renewing itself.” She smiled brightly and continued: “So, we need bright young people who will do that.”
Are we up to the task?