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SFP 40 – Systems Thinking: Dr. Thorana Nelson about Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Families

Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #40

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

SFP 40 - Systems Thinking: Dr. Thorana Nelson about Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Families

by Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Simply Focus Podcast | 37:38

“What we work with more in systemic work and I believe in Solution Focused work is the process. How are people interacting with each other (…) and what can we do to help them change, so that they get the kind of life that they want. But it’s really all about relationships and interaction.“

 “What we can change is the way that you are managing the memories or the way that you are managing interactions.”

„And I really strongly believe that when somebody is solution focused in their orientation to the work there is no such thing about whether or not the question works or doesn’t work. It always works. It’s what we do next. It’s a process. It’s not a question with an answer.”

Dr. Thorana Nelson

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Thorana Nelson, Professor Emerita of Utah State University about

  • what fascinates her with Solution Focused Brief Therapy with families
  • how she came up with the idea of writing a book about SF and families
  • the interactional view and the paradigm of systems thinking
  • differences between “systemic theories“ as a coaching or therapy model and “systems thinkingas a mindset
  • the difference between deriving interventions from theory and deriving interventions from practice with the client
  • systems thinking and the fit with Solution Focus or how Solution Focus is very systemic
  • how she works in a systemic and Solution Focused way
  • how the different interactions in the therapy room can be used in other situations
  • the focus on reciprocal interactions or what she would like to see Solution Focused practitioners do more of
  • how solution focused questions can be used to enrich the work in a more depth way or what she would like to see family therapists do more of
  • what family therapists can find in her new book „Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with families“
  • the importance of (positive) interactions
  • The Challenge of the week: Just watch the interactions around you, e.g. when you go Christmas shopping, and observe the different ways people interact with each other.

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