April 8, 2014

Mini-Survey Progress-Focused Techniques

I have developed the progress-focused approach together with Gwenda Schlundt Bodien. The approach is rooted in (1) the solution-focused approach, (2) social psychology, (3) our own experiences and inventions.

Do you know the progress-focused approach and are you interested in it? Then I would like to ask you to participate in a mini-survey on the use of progress-focused techniques! It will take you only a few minutes. I will publish the results on this website.

Go to the mini-survey.


  1. Just a small ethical issue, Coert:
    Some of ‘your’ tools, especially the idea that therapy should be centered around the client’s own questions, is a long-and-well-established practice of Simple Therapy:
    The ‘desired usefulness question’ came into being some 20 years ago (closely connected to ‘the experienced useful question’ suggested to us by Steve de Shazer), following this case:
    It was interesting with the fact that clients did not allow the therapist ask any question – it was all their own questions and answers that made up the whole interview.
    It would be really nice of you mentioning some of the roots of your compilative approach.
    Yours sincerely,
    Plamen Panayotov
    Rousse, Bulgaria

  2. Dear Plamen,

    Thank you for your comment. I agree with you that giving credits is very important to do.That's why I appreciate your question. You are correct to assume that the solution focused approach is part of what I do. Indeed, the progressed focused approach has roots in the solution focused approach, social psychology and our own inventions and experiences (see the second sentence of this post in which I credit the solution-focused approach).

    Furthermore, on this site you can find many articles refering to the solution-focused approach among which are 1) interviews with solution-focused pioneers such as Insoo Kim Berg, Wally Gingerich and Eve Lipchik, 2) many articles which explain solution-focused techniques and principles, 3) an article which describes the origin of the solution-focused approach.

    The reason that I have started to use the term progress-focused is that more and more, the way I work has shifted through some other influences. The solution-focused roots are still very important though.

    I hope this explains my use of the terms.


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