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SFP 27 – Episode 27: Hope in Action: A Conversation about Solution Focused Suicide Prevention with Heather Fiske, Ph.D.

Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #27

Hosted by: Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Intro: Bibiana Czerny | Music: www.bensound.com 

 

SFP 27 - Episode 27: Hope in Action: A Conversation about Solution Focused Suicide Prevention with Heather Fiske

by Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Simply Focus Podcast | 35:01

“This was respect you could see right enacted. And of course one of the things she (Insoo Kim Berg) said is, that we ask questions as an articulation of respect. We don’t assume, so we must ask questions and find out from you.“

 

„And also it’s the way we are interested in preferred futures (…)  it’s all about wanting them to have an experience, a glimpse or a sense of how things can be when they are past this current trouble. (…) I think the way we work with the future is absolutely unique and so powerful.“

 

“They can’t do that for themselves to make that shift, so it’s something we can really help with by the nature of our questions and what we are paying attention to in our conversations. And we can help to rebalance a conversation (…) that it also includes information about what would be driving or pulling you toward life and toward going forward.”
Heather Fiske, Ph.D.

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we talk with Heather Fiske, PH.D., Author of “Hope in Action” and a great Solution Focused clinician, about

  • what fascinates her with Solution Focus
  • how she felt like coming home when she attended Insoo Kim Berg’s workshop
  • how her work and her listening changed after she met Insoo for the first time
  • her professional responsibility to stay hopeful and how she communicates that to her clients
  • the importance of what we say and what we don’t say
  • how she works in a Solution Focused way with people mentioning suicide as an option and their support system
  • how her work with parents changed over time
  • reasons for living and the free webinar „Hope and Reasons for Living – Solution Focused Suicide Prevention we did with Brigitte Lavoie and Heather Fiske
  • asking the best hopes-question and the miracle question in suicide prevention
  • her book title „Hope in Action – Solution-focused Conversations about Suicide
  • how Brenda Zalter-Minden and she crashed the train-the-trainer course of Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer
  • the importance of Solution Focused listening and mindfulness or having a quiet mind
  • The challenge of the week: Before you go into a meeting or a conversation think about the common ground you share with the people that you are going to be talking to.

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1 Comment

  1. Brigitte

    Dear Heather, I enjoyed every minute of this podcast. I felt tired and I decided to listen to it (instead of netflix). I have now more energy. I loved the piece about the parents and your humility. Nobody says : I feel so bad I used a landline phone for so many years before having a cell. I hope more people could say as openly as you did : I used to do that but I meant well and I changed as soon as I learned something else. Thank you for being an inspiration for our work here in Quebec.

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