Solution Focused Resilience

Solution Focused Resilience

Solution focused resilience is an approach that combines the skills of solution focused therapy, as established by Steve De Shazer, and Insoo Kim Berg, and research into the contexts where people learn resiliency skills.

Studies have shown that resilient people have an optimistic thinking pattern which is evident in their approach to change. They have skills in being adaptable and this is evident in their previous successful experiences. Even though most people showing resilient thinking patterns have high expectations, they see difficulties as opportunities and not threats and nest themselves in a supportive and connected environment. Most of all people showing resilience appear to be aware of their goals and values which guide their decisions.

The solution focused approach uses questions to help people focus on the strengths and resources that contribute to their best hopes. The approach helps to establish a clear vision for the preferred future and helps individuals to take small and achievable steps to get there. Using solution focused skills in conversations can lead to a more supportive change orientated environment, both personally and professionally.

Training in Solution Focused approaches is useful for professional and personal use. Organisations using the solution focused approach in human resources, business planning, and staff wellbeing, have a more supportive and change orientated environment, higher staff retention and stronger productivity. Welfare organizations using a solution focused approach show positive changes with clients, earlier in therapy, than other methods.  Solution focused therapy is often referred to as BRIEF therapy due to clients achieving the desired outcome in a shorter period of time.


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