February 27, 2013

Survey for professional helpers - please participate

Are you a professional helper, for example a therapist, coach, counselor or career counselor? Will you then please help me by taking a new survey? Through this survey I want to learn about the views and the work of professional helpers.

The survey will probably take you about 5 - 10 minutes. Your answers will be processed anonymously and confidentially. The results of this study will be published within a few weeks on this website.

February 22, 2013

Influencing Mindsets Through Questions

Influencing People’s Beliefs About the Malleability of Personal Characteristics Through a Sequence of Four Loaded Multiple-Choice Questions

Coert Visser, 2013

The degree to which people have a growth mindset can have important beneficial consequences for their behavior, performance, and development. A growth mindset can be induced by giving people effort compliments and by training them through brief workshops. This study addresses the question whether specific questions may also be used as a tool to induce a growth mindset. Research has shown that questions loaded with certain implicit presuppositions can cause people to think and act congruently with those presuppositions. A survey containing a sequence of four multiple choice questions did indeed affect people’s mindset. Version 1 of the survey started with four multiple choice questions which implicitly suggest a growth mindset. Version 2 started with four multiple choice questions which subtly implied a fixed mindset. Version 3 contained no loaded questions. Implications are discussed and suggestions for further research are given.

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February 11, 2013

Solution Focused dialogue via disagreement at the ‘Kitchen Table’

2013, Alan Kay

During a strategic planning project that I facilitated several years ago, the client agreed to conduct a number of roundtable dialogue sessions. The organization was very successful, but it needed to articulate a clear strategy to convince investors that it could improve profitability. It had successfully transformed from one business model to another over a period of about ten years, but elements of the old culture were making further change difficult.

‘Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people
who are doing something you don't believe is right.’ ~ Jane Goodall

We decided on three groups of roundtables: the customers, distributors and staff. As a result;

February 5, 2013

Review of the Effectiveness of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Effectiveness of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: A Systematic Qualitative Review of Controlled Outcome Studies

By Wallace J. Gingerich and Lance T. Peterson
Objective: We review all available controlled outcome studies of solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) to evaluate evidence of its effectiveness.  
Method: Forty-three studies were located and key data abstracted on problem, setting, SFBT intervention, design characteristics, and outcomes.  
Results: Thirty-two (74%) of the studies reported significant positive benefit from SFBT; 10 (23%) reported positive trends. The strongest evidence of effectiveness came in the treatment of depression in adults where four separate studies found SFBT to be comparable to well-established alternative treatments. Three studies examined length of treatment and all found SFBT used fewer sessions than alternative therapies.
Conclusion: The studies reviewed provide strong evidence that SFBT is an effective treatment for a wide variety of behavioral and psychological outcomes and, in addition, it may be briefer and therefore less costly than alternative approaches.
Also read: Interview with Wally Gingerich

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