SFP 12 – Episode 12: Interactional Relationships: Interview with Dr. Thorana Nelson, Professor Emerita of Utah State University and author of many Solution Focused books

Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #12

Hosted by: Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Intro: Bibiana Czerny  |Music: 

SFP 12 - Episode 12: Interactional Relationships: Interview with Dr. Thorana Nelson

by Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Simply Focus Podcast | 44:31

“A huge part of all of that for me personally was being with those people. (…) Being able to be with people (…) who are like minded asking each other incredibly important questions like what is SFBT.”

“I like to instill that «if it is working keep doing it, and if it’s not working do something different»-idea.”

“This idea that you keep something of the brilliance and you ignore something and then you add something, is something that I use a lot in many many different ways.

Dr. Thorana Nelson

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Thorana (Rana) Nelson, Professor Emerita of Utah State University and author of many Solution Focused books about

  • what fascinates her about Solution Focus (SF)
  • how she got in touch with SF and how she met Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg
  • how she got involved in the Hammond Conversations that led to SFBTA and the SFBTA Conferences (a great example of friendpower)
  • how her fascination for SF stays and is growing
  • how formulation (listen – select – build) was «like a light coming on» for her
  • the importance of choosing and ignoring things
  • what Rana picks and what she leaves out when doing Supervision
  • what makes her so passionate about Supervision
  • the importance of “what do they want” and “what’s important to them”
  • her passion for systemic thinking (the interactional view) and the power of relationships (and relationship questions)
  • her new book that she is about to finish where she brings together systemic thinking for SF therapists and SF thinking (stance and practices) for family therapists
  • the Challenge of the week: Just a few times next week, stop and think about what’s happening that you made this choice, slow yourself down and think what are you going to keep, what are you going to ignore, and what are you going to add that will work towards your goal.
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1 Comment

  1. Pam King

    This was a very inspirational podcast for me. Rana was my supervisor 25 years ago. She was instrumental in my formation as a therapist, supervisor, and trainer. I am forever grateful for that. Next we became colleagues and in 2004 she said “you should go to this conference, I think you’ll like it” Life-changing!! That was the second SFBTA conference. Thank you Rana. Thank you Elfie and Dominik for being the silk thread that is flowing between all these people that I love and admire.


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