SFP 13 – Episode 13: Solution Focus at Work: Interview with Victor Nelson, Pastoral Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #13

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

SFP 13 - Episode 13: Solution Focus at Work: Interview with Victor Nelson

by Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Simply Focus Podcast | 44:04

“So, I have been helping churches and consulting with churches ever since then (…) And I always want to bring that Solution focused, strength based, resource based perspective to help them think more positively about how they move into their preferred futures.”

“My spirituality has been really evolving over my career and over my life, where I think more in terms of my preferred future, my best hopes, and it helps me move in a more spiritual or deeper direction.”

“Great bosses are made by great staff (…) I wanted to empower my staff and use their best abilities in developing the programs. So, I really encouraged people to pursue their interests and their passions.”

Victor Nelson

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we talk with Victor Nelson, a Solution Focused Pastoral Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, about

  • our great time on Vancouver Island and the Orcas we saw
  • what fascinates him about Solution Focus
  • how a Solution Focused stance is unique for so many professionals
  • what he does when he combines spirituality with Solution Focus or how he introduced a Solution Focused way of working with church congregations
  • how spirituality (spiritual journeys) and Solution Focus connect for Vic and Elfie
  • how he was introduced to Solution Focus (by his wife Thorana Nelson)
  • how he got interested in a very effective Solution Focused program for violent offenders and applied that in his own counseling center
  • how they brought SF to the community,
  • the Solution Focused community worldwide (SFBTA, EBTA, collegues in Europe and China, etc.)
  • how he empowered his employees to use their best abilities
  • how he applies SF in class and how he supports his graduate students to become professionals
  • his work, funny stories and his application of SF in his fly fishing shop
  • his advice to be willing to join the Solution Focused community and ways to do that
  • The challenge of the week: Become aware of the kind of questions you use in your conversations with the Good Questions Diary


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Let’s make a difference for others, share your insights, and ask great questions! And be in contact with Victor. Ask him questions, and let him know what inspired you. Friendpower is stronger than willpower. So, let’s inspire each other! Share your ideas and thoughts on what inspired you and what differences this makes for you in your everyday life. Share as much detail as possible. Your story might be the one making a vital difference for someone else. Your thoughts and ideas matter and might encourage others to keep on going their SF journey. Share this podcast episode with your friends, clients or colleagues who you think might be inspired by this conversation. It could give them some practical ideas on how to apply Solution Focus in their daily life.

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1 Comment

  1. Pam King

    I have been so inspired by the Simply Focus podcasts. This one inspired me because it highlights that SF can be a part of life and work and relationships in so many ways. When I listen to Vic it brings back 25 years of memories with Vic. As stated in the podcast Vic holds the position as my best boss ever. Beyond that we are colleagues and friends. I look forward to all being together in November. Thanks Elfie and Dominik for continuing this SF journey.


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