Sharing and building Solution Focused practice in organisations
Notes from a session at EBTA conference, Malmo, 5 September 2010
Brian Cade with Gale Miller, Eve Lipchick, John Walter and Wally Gingerich.
Eve: The difference now is that the dream has come true. From six people with no money in a think tank – and it happened. Here we are at an international meeting of people with the ideas we developed and trained.
The prevailing Milan model was to create an intervention message from behind the mirror. Eve noticed that the interviewing process seemed to be an intervention in itself. This was an interactional process of co-operating with the client, a context for making the techniques work. So it matters how we meet them, how we join them. There were parts of the relationship – to do with living beings - that words can’t describe. She was not so keen on the view that there is nothing but language, or that the work could in theory be done by a computer. Now, she says, I’m much more patient and much slower with clients.
Gale and the other panellists swiftly said they remembered Eve as patient and methodical all along.
Wally arrived in 1982, as a trainee, supervised by Eve. Steve pushed for the minimalist thing, rarely made eye contact with client; unlike Eve who was more motherly, bringing in things she’d found worked elsewhere. Eve aimed to copy Insoo Kim Berg’s therapeutic style, discovered she actually couldn’t do it that way, and decided
to be herself.
John arrived as a trainee in same class as Wally, found Steve rather gruff, ‘especially if we left the video cameras running’. He was excited by the experimentation, with even Brian Cade turning up and telling jokes. Eve: “I wasn’t patient, I was frozen with fear.”
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