Solution FocussedApproaches to Helping: Scaling Nathan Loynes
Scaling QuestionsSteve De Shazer (1940 -2005)Co-founder of the solution focussed approach with Insoo Kim Berg.After asking a client “what is better since last time?” The client said “I’m nearly a 10 now”.Hence, numbers used to understand development
BenefitsEasy to useFocus on changeFocus on clients phenomenological existence (Like Person Centred)Broad application
Like a jigsaw… 3. Establish a platform: Find out what has already worked.
Vision Visualise a higher position; describe how things will look.
Success and Strengths 5. Identify earlier success – what happened?
Small steps 6. Step forward – Ask the client what small steps they could take
Types of ScaleSuccess scaleMotivational scaleConfidence scaleIndependence scale
ConclusionBeing a cognitively flexible mentor might mean that at times you have cause to employ solution focussed techniques. This might be when:Discussions of the problem are creating stagnation and or frustration.The mentee is in a contemplative stage of considering the benefits of change.You are being motivational (interviewing).You are empowering the mentee to employ divergent thinking and offer their own solutions that are more likely to succeed than mentor led solutions.