Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Over the years, SFBT has been utilised in clinical areas such as family work, adult mental health nursing, health visiting, child care and social work, occupational therapy, and also in the prison services. Systematic review and meta-analysis of outcome research suggests that SFBT is at least as effective as other forms of talking therapy, with over 60% of cases reporting successful outcomes, and treatment typically delivered in 3 to 5 sessions.

The approach has its roots in the anthropological work of Gregory Bateson, the family therapy approaches of Don Jackson and colleagues at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, in the systemic therapy approach of the Milan Group of therapists lead by Mara Silvini-Palazzoli, and the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Solution Focused Coaching (SFC)

SFC is the application of solution focused thinking and practice in the workplace. Whether coaching individuals or teams, or training individuals to coach others, solution focused interactions provides a positive, future focused framework for positive change.

Based on the therapeutic work of SFBT, SFC builds on the existing platform of expertise and knowledge to help co-construct the individual's future perfect scenario. It then explores how close you are to attaining that future perfect, and builds on this to bring about a measurable outcome based action plan. A paper published by Dr Peter Szabo, a Doctor of Law and Master Certified Coach, in Switzerland, provides an excellent reflection on the assumptions underpinning solution focused coaching.