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W101: Brief Strategic Coaching: Introducing how solutions create problems and the process to break free

The brief strategic approach offers a different process to resolving persistent problems and creating change. The core concept resolves around the idea that the solutions we apply to overcome our problems are actually maintaining them or making them worse. Think about what happens when you try to cheer up a depressed person or try to suppress your thoughts. The idea that our solutions maintain and exacerbate the very problems we are trying to resolve is known as the ‘attempted solutions theory’. Since the problem lies in the solution rather than focusing on a problem analysis, brief strategic coaching will focus on an attempted solutions assessment. For example, rather than focusing on why there is a conflict, the emphasis will be on how the client has been trying to solve the conflict.

This workshop, based on my latest book ‘Brief Strategic Coaching’, will introduce the brief strategic process and it will discuss:

1. How problems are formed and maintained by our attempts to solve them.

2. How to investigate for attempted solutions in order to determine the maladaptive ones that are creating and maintaining the problem.

3. The solutions change process and why the new effective solution is usually drastically different.

4. Common brief strategic techniques used for goal success.

5. The main difference with the solution-focused approach.