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6.00: drink buying/gossip

6.30: introductions with each participant describing something going well this month/week/day/hour!

7.00: Topic of session - facillitated discussion on

‘When do SF practitioners use their subject expertise?, with some short papers to discuss.

The challenge is laid out in Chris Iveson’s blog - , in particular this paragraph:

What is entirely missing from this conversation is the coach’s own experience of being interviewed for and interviewing others for academic and employment positions. There is no place for this knowledge in a solution focused interview and having it is unlikely to make a difference. When Louise speaks of her nervousness the coach might have shown a sympathetic face based on a memory of his own nervousness; another coach might show an equally sympathetic face based on her imagining being in a similar position. It is unlikely that Louise would either spot or be interested in the difference. Here again the simplicity of solution focused coaching is clearly evident as is the challenge it presents: being simple isn’t easy. To refrain from the desire to pass on the benefits of our own experience requires great discipline and continues to do so even for the most experienced solution focused coaches.

Which we might contrast with this extract from a Brian Cade message to the SFT-L, 26 August 1998:

“The client is expert” is a tactical position taken by the therapist to create a therapeutic relationship that maximizes client competence, not a statement of fact. As a statement of fact it is meaningless. Expert in exactly what? Clearly the client experiences what the client experiences; but how does that make him or her “an expert” in such a complex thing as life, even their own. Even in terms of the events of client’s lives, perception and memory are notoriously unreliable, subject to complex processes of selection and interpretation. They clearly know lots more than us about lots more of themselves, but…

To take the “client is expert” position when it is obviously not working is clearly an error. Why can the client not be an expert in deciding when they want expert advice from us and then make their own mind up about whether or not it might be something they want to follow.

This is the kind of problem that arises when we turn a technique or a stance into a fundamental religious belief or article of faith."

We can contrast too with the K of OSKAR, which suggests it’s fine in this coaching process context for the coach to share topic Know-how with the client, in a way that is entirely solutions-focused.

8.00 end/more drinks...

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