- My first tip is to view your becoming solution-focused as a long term project. While it is quite easy to start off becoming solution-focused, becoming a solution-focused virtuoso might take every bit as long as becoming a virtuoso on a musical instrument. Don't let this discourage you, though. The perspective of having room for professional growth is not so bad; it will give you something challenging and valuable to do.
- My second tip is to keep an open mind when developing your solution-focused skills. Every now and then, you may come across aspects of the approach which may not directly appeal to you. My suggestion is to not dismiss them too soon but instead to give these aspects a chance to prove themselves in practice. You might not understand and appreciate every aspect of the approach right away but you might do so later.
- My third tip is to remain skeptical. Don't be convinced solely on the basis of anecdotes, case examples or what authorities tell you. Keep trying things out, research them well, add your own inventions and build on what works. This way you will eventually make a valuable contribution to the further development of the solution-focused approach.
November 14, 2010
3 Tips for students of the solution-focused approach
Author: Coert Visser