A long time ago I wrote this post: The name solution-focused: is it wrong? In that post I wrote:
Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and their colleagues from the Brief Family Therapy Center have named their approach Solution-focused therapy. My work has been inspired primarily by their work. That is why I chose to name this site Solution-focused change: to give credit to them and to honor their work. But if it weren't for that I would probably use another name. Because I think the term Solution-focused is not extremely clear and maybe even a bit misleading. The word 'solution' refers to the concept of (problem) solving. And problem solving really seems to be a concept from a defect based paradigm. It refers to getting rid of what is negative whereas solution-focused practise does something more that that or something different than that. It helps to create positive outcomes, success, results. Success-focused change, or results-focused change might in fact be a better name for this approach. Or not? What do you think?
Now there are two new reasons for me to think about whether 'solution-focused' remains the right name to describe what I am doing. The first is that I sometimes feel the meaning of 'solution-focused' as used by many is shifting in a way that does not feel good to me (because it seems to lose the connection with the work of the SFBT center). The second reason is that I myself find myself thinking up (often in collaboration with my colleague Gwenda) so many new approaches and concepts which to me are very much connected to the work of the SFBT center but which sometimes seem to drift away from what seems to be mainstream SF. Here is an example and here is another example. I try to go beyond this worry, and move forward (while treasuring valuable things from the past of course) and let go of my worry about how it all has to be labeled (although that sometimes is difficult).
Thanks to Kirsten Dierolf who wrote something on facebook which triggered this.