June 4, 2011

What's the best name for this intervention (part 2)

Following up on my question of yesterday, here is another similar type of question.

Which of the following names do you think is best for the solution-focused question about how clients would like their situation/future to become?

a) the desired situation question
b) the desired future question
c) the preferred situation question
b) the preferred future question

What would be your choice and why?
Thanks in advance for letting me know!

Here are the reactions, so far:

  • the desired situation question:
  • the desired future question: 2
  • the preferred situation question:
  • the preferred future question: 5
  1. I like preferred future. Preferred seems to be more active...expressing client's part. Future is more clear for me that the word situation
  2. For this intervention, i like the desired future. To me, "desire" emphasizes stronger the wish to make a change.
  3. preferred future because sometimes desire can be the thing that is in out way rather than a good thing and "future" is broader than "situation" which at least w/o context makes it more available, less confining.
  4. 'Preferred future' is my preferred term, 'preferred' suggests autonomy and choice, and it sounds more realistically obtainable than 'desired'. 'Future' is broad and open, it doesn't imply any specific situation, instead one can create it through thinking and talking.
  5. I prefer the MQ with "what difference will that make" questions -- it's not about the imagined future so much as what will mean.
  6. Desired Future sounds better. Desired is emotionally stronger than preferred. Future is more aspirational than situation.
  7. I like "Best future" which you didn't suggest. 'Best' is best. 
  8. I think the key is communicating the purpose behind the question and developing the interaction. I think the language we use will be dependant upon the client (audience). Therefore I tend to agree with Ruud's sentiment about the name being about coaches defining the question and would tend to think more about the nature / purpose / effect / timing around asking it. However if having to choose - i personally prefer 'preferred'!
  9. I would prefer : preferred future. For me it implies reflection (also on longer terms consequences), which may not be the case for "desired". The latter could well hook into not so helpful addictions, for instance... 

2 comments:

  1. Desired Future sounds better. Desired is emotionally stronger than preferred. Future is more aspirational than situation.

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