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SFP 29 – Episode 29: Words arise out of Silence: A Poetic Conversation with Dvorah Simon, Ph.D, Psychologist and Poet

Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #29

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

 

SFP 29 – Episode 29: Words arise out of Silence: A Poetic Conversation with Dvorah Simon

by Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Simply Focus Podcast | 34:47

“One of the most distinctive ways of watching Steve work, Steve de Shazer, was the silences. And there was a lot of silence, but it was not ever empty.

„Poetry and I would say good therapy also (…)  is a way of using language that directly comes right out of the experience. When there is a sense of the body and of the feelings of the body, of the essence of the room, a sense of energy and a sense of the silence, and then of the word arising right out of that experience, that’s poetry.”

„When people are happy in what they are doing and they get to express what they’re most passionate about, then the quality of the work will always be better. (…) And it started with ‘You know, this is something I love‘.

Dvorah SImon, Ph.D.

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we talk with Dvorah Simon, PH.D., Psychologist and Poet, about

  • what fascinates her with Solution Focus and how she got in contact with SF in the late 80’s
  • how Solution Focus is a tradition that continues to evolve and is to a certain extend less necessary than it used to be
  • how Solution Focus spoke to her from a spiritual point of view
  • the evolution of SF and the importance of conversations about the essence of SF when the form is changing
  • how SF and asking the questions may sound different in different contexts
  • not putting the method above what might be useful for the client
  • how you never loose when you ask
  • how she works “one person at a time“ with veterans, homeless people (people without housing) and everyone else
  • the Ericksonian influence and acceptance or loving your failures and the parts that don’t work
  • how she tries to embody the SF principles as a supervisor and fosters what her employees are passionate about
  • poetry, her poetry workshops, and her lovely book „Mercy“
  • how she would like to see SF practitioners being themselves and being alive instead of following a protocol
  • The challenge of the week: „Listen for a mistake that you make and love it.”

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Having a great time in Albuquerque with Dvorah and some of her team members!

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2 Comments

  1. Mark Maat

    Again this was an interesting podcast with Dvorah Simon. I did like the way she explained her way of practising SF and how she is able to use words to make it her own. I was especially interested when the subject of working with the homeless came about.
    At the beginning of my career, I have worked with homeless and quickly I discovered that the best and the first thing I could and should do is the lent my ear to their stories and ask questions.

    I came to that way of doing my work as I I observed my new colleagues who worked more from an analytical and advisory stance. Seeing that it did not work and I did not want to be that kind of a social worker I adapted my ways.

    Thinking about that time I do hope I did that well enough and that they profited from it. It was in a time that I was not familiar with SF work, which I first discovered when I became a family supervisor as I read the first work by Imsoo Kim Berg. It is interesting to think back in time inspired by this podcast.

    I probably need to do more looking back in earlier years of my career and think about what worked for me that I managed to stay in this job for all this time.

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    • SF on Tour mit Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat

      Thank you, dear Mark, for you comment. We appreciate that a lot!

      We were also very fascinated by her work with “people with a housing problem” too. And we realized what a difference a different title makes – “people with a housing problem” vs. “homeless people”.

      And How great that you realized even back then without SF that you should lend them your ear. It would be great to ask them today what difference the conversations with you made.

      Reply

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