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Where are you based? (City & Country)
Shropshire, UK
In which role(s) do you use SF ideas and tools? (You can pick more than one)
Leader, Coach, Trainer
What is your connection to Solution Focused Work (based on Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer at BFTC Milwaukee and others)?
Having worked for 35 years in the NHS I now work independently as a leadership trainer and coach, where my niche is maximising the leadership potential of health care professionals. I have used the SF model successfully on a 1:1 coaching basis and I'm now looking to use it within action learning sets. I'm looking forward to being a part of this group and to learn from others' experience of using SF in groups.

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At 10:05 on November 6, 2008, Benedetta Lomoni said…
Hi Pat,
It's so nice to see your smiling face online!
Yep, I could not resist in the end...especially after I received an invitation to join the Italian SOL group!
How are you?
Are you still sure you cannot make the next session of the program in earl December or maybe there is chance I may get to see you soon? :-)

At 9:36 on November 6, 2008, Pat Walker said…
Hello Barbara, thank you for your welcome. I look forward to sharing experiences with others in the Health Care group. Best wishes Pat
At 8:47 on November 6, 2008, Barbara Schumann said…
Hi Pat, welcome to the group!
It sounds very interesting what you wrote and I am glad to add you as new resource. Thanks for joining this group.
Have a nice day, Barbara
At 12:06 on October 31, 2008, Carole Waskett said…
Hello Pat, Nice to hear from you. SF + ALSs, eh? Sounds good. I've found John Sharry's book 'Solution Focused Group Work' very helpful and he has a good chapter on SF group supervision which you might like. You've also obviously struck pay dirt, or done a great job with the commissioning conversation - with a Trust who can release its sisters for such a thing - rare in my opinion!
In supervision groups I usually do a Best Hopes exercise at the start, then teach some SF concepts, eg appreciation, looking for forward movement, scaling etc - also the idea of listening carefully to the person talking, not interrupting etc. Also careful timekeeping - often forgotten! I model the idea of being curious + SF questions, rather than giving suggestions or recommendations (sometimes hard for nurses who have been trained to 'fix' stuff).
The penny usually drops quite quickly and in some of my groups I can leave them to do it themselves - a permanent facilitator is a luxury!
All the best,
At 18:36 on October 28, 2008, Carole Waskett said…
Hello Pat, from another NHS + freelance SF user!
Best wishes,




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