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Frank Wood
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Where are you based? (City & Country)
Cincinnati, Ohio USA
In which role(s) do you use SF ideas and tools? (You can pick more than one)
What is your website (if any)?
What is your connection to Solution Focused Work (based on Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer at BFTC Milwaukee and others)?
In my private pracctice (Greater Cincinnati Psychology Associates) I am a licensed psychologist who applies the principles of solution focused therapy with adults over the age of 60 and individuals who have learning disabilities. I also offer treatment groups for substance abuse, and weight loss.

In my consulting (Brief Therapy Institute of Greater Cincinnati), I offer executive coaching, and leadership development via a solution focused model.

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At 15:11 on March 6, 2009, Antoinette Oglethorpe said…
Hi Frank,

Thank you for providing a bit more information. The process I often go through when career coaching individals follows a structure along the lines of:
1. Contracting - using platform building questions do determine what they want (job? career change? personal sense of achievement? getting their spouse off their back etc), what the benefits would be and what they've found helpful in the past when they have been in a similar situation (i.e. job seeking, coping with unemployement etc)
2. Exploring - what do they already know about what they're good at? what they enjoy? what's important to them? building off their own reflection as well as feedback from others in performance reviews etc
3. Visioning - can take a number of forms but possibilities include future perfect type questions to discuss ideal job or life in 12 months time or miracle happens overnight and all problems are solved. An alternative is scaling to determine where they are now in terms of overall/job satisfaction to identify some short term goals. Yet another alternative is to look at all the resources they identified in the expoloring phase and discuss what jobs they are aware of that satisfy/use those.
4. Action - what small steps can they take to move forward? (research, further reflection/exploration, networking etc)

As with all things you can use a variety of activities/interventions at each of these stages depending on the situation.

In terms of books that might be helpful I would recommend "Career Counselling" by Robert Nathan and Linda Hill and "How to get a job you'll love" and "Take control of your career" by John Lees. They are not written with SF in mind but a lot of what they write is complementary.

I hope thats helpful. Please let me know if you'd like to discuss further.

Best wishes
At 19:05 on March 1, 2009, Antoinette Oglethorpe said…
Hi Frank,

Sorry for the delay in replying to you. I'm not quite sure what you might be looking for. I have developed a career management workshop for individuals using SF principles and also provide career coaching. Is that the kind of thing you mean?





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