Scottish Solution Focused Network
Solutions in Practice: Scottish Solution Focused Network
Breakout Session 2.
Kate Smith: “Successful Outcomes in Three Hours; Brief Therapy in Primary Care"
Gerry Hastie: "Staying Solution Focused in Long Term Work."
I first came across Solution Focused Brief Therapy in 1999 and since then it has been the most used tool in my box during the 15 years since my first training in the approach. It is the standout subject of my professional development and my book shelves are heaving with solution focused texts.
My career as a mental health nurse has included working in acute mental health admission wards all over Fife and into Edinburgh. I have also worked in Addictions before taking up my current post as a Community Mental Health Nurse where I have worked for the last 10 years.
In keeping with the theme of the conference Celebrating Simplicity in a Complex World I am delighted to facilitate a ‘breakout’ session on Staying Solution Focused in Long Term work. This session will be useful for anyone working in settings with long term clients, frequently returning clients and/or complex cases with multi-agency input.
How brief is brief? In this workshop Kate will describe how she, and her colleagues, helps clients to achieve significant life changes in only three hours. Focusing on positive change, rather than presenting problems, Kate will highlight how ‘it’s what the client wants’ that directs brief therapy.
Kate Smith is a Primary Care Mental Health Worker, based in Aberdeenshire. She has practiced as a Health Visitor and as a Midwife, and has worked in the UK and rural Zimbabwe. She has been a Solution Focused therapist for over seven years.