Saturday 29 October 20229:30 - 11:30Add to calendar


Linda Metcalf has suggested the benefits of using Solution Focused Narrative Therapy when a client seems very problem saturated and struggling with SF questions. In her book Solution Focused Narrative Therapy (2017), Linda has noted SFNT harnesses the power of both models – the strengths-based, problem-solving approach of SFT and the value-honouring and re-description approach of Narrative Therapy – to offer brief, effective help to clients that builds on their strengths and abilities to envision and craft preferred outcomes.

Mark McKergow draws attention to the evolution of SFBT 1.0 from the 1990’s and Next Generation SFBT 2.0.  However this does not mean SFBT 1.0 is obsolete, in fact it can be more helpful to draw from when clients are more ‘problem saturated’ and ‘stuck in problem rut’ as this version of SFBT works closer to the problem.  Evan George has pointed out that exception questions sit closer to the problem, while instance questions sit closer to the client’s Best Hopes.  The client has a smaller jump to make when answering an exception question which can pave the way to instance questions that sit closer to their Best Hopes later on when the client is ready for this.  As always, it is important to meet and validate our client where they are at, not be ‘solution forced’.  Experts in the SFBT field have suggested that Narrative Therapy can ‘water down’ the power of SFBT and there are already exception/coping questions within SFBT to meet the client who is feeling distressed/overwhelmed/stuck without the need to move outside the SFBT approach.

For our October 2022 WA SFBT Interest Group meeting Kerry Drummond and Theresa Acutt will explore key points from Linda Metcalf’s workshop and book on Solution Focused Narrative Therapy.  Kerry and Theresa will lead a discussion to explore whether there are benefits of Narrative Therapy to the SFBT approach and whether SFNT strategies like externalization (exploring the impact of the problem on the client’s life) and problem mapping (scaling intensity of the problem) can be used without ‘watering down’ the power of SFBT.  The October interest group will ask the question “Does the externalisation component from SFNT improve the reach of SFBT as Linda Metcalf suggests, or would keeping true to SFBT and tapping into exception questions from SFBT 1.0 help us find another way of working closer to the problem that does not water down the power of SFBT?”.  

If you are interested to get a copy of Linda’s book, it is another fantastic read:

Metcalf, L. (2017), Solution Focused Narrative Therapy, Springer Publishing Company: New York

Introducing Theresa Acutt:

I am a Registered Counsellor, with the Australian Counselling Association.  I currently work at a school in pre-primary where I have done for the past 10 years.  Previous to that I was in child care and previous to that, many organisations as a Personal Assistant/secretary.  I am currently working on advertising my Private Practice (have 2 clients but have not officially advertised as yet.... watch this space) and my hope is that next year I can do less days at the school and more in Private Practice.

I discovered SFBT whilst qualifying as a counsellor and Elliot Connie was the name that came up and so I decided to see what it was all about.  Just listening to SFBT sessions/information really sparked something in me.  I generally and always have seen the brighter side of a situation and I found myself with tears every time I learnt a bit more about SFBT as it resonated so much with me.

I am constantly using my skills in my place of work as much as I can.  I am so encouraged when I see the children respond to the questioning - problem solving is a big one.  I am so inspired with the result of taking the 'why' out of conversations.   I am certainly on an exciting journey and one, I hope does me justice as well as those I come in contact with.  My best hopes for everyone is that they are able to tap into discoveries they did not even know they had within them and to be able to change the way they deal with future problems.

Please contact Kerry to request a link to the ZOOM session.

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