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SFP 55 – Episode 55: Practice-Based Evidence: Looking at what is effective in what we do with Prof. Frank Thomas

Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #55

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

SFP 55 - Episode 55: Practice-Based Evidence: Looking at what is effective in what we do with Prof. Frank Thomas

by Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Simply Focus Podcast | 30:10

“And it certainly can’t be my perspective only if it is co-created. If it’s conversational, if it is socially constructed, I have to get their experiences, feedback and corrections or it’s not evidence based at all, it’s just based on my idea of what success is.“

“And wouldn’t that be the goal of everyone? To honor the expertise of clients and become more effective, so that people leave more satisfied of reaching the goals and experiencing their preferred futures.“

“Solution Focused is not fixed, it’s not true, it’s a rumor. (…) It’s not building an empire, it’s spreading the good news.“

Prof. Frank Thomas

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we talk with Frank Thomas, Professor at the TCU Counseling Program and former Archivist of the SFBTA, about

  • what fascinated him and drew him towards Solution Focus from 1985 on,
  • what makes him passionate about Solution Focus today,
  • his article about the evolution of compliments and the importance of retaining complimenting in Solution Focus,
  • practice based evidence and how we can engage our clients in the process and learn from and with them,
  • the difference between evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence,
  • the taxi metaphor and the different ride with letting clients participate in the process,
  • how and what to ask clients to elicit client feedback on how it is going and how to involve them in the experience,
  • how he teaches practice-based evidence with his students at the TCU and how he invites seasoned practitioners to embrace this form of learning,
  • the value of formalizing client feedback with FIT and/or PCOMS,
  • the SFBTA archive and his job as founding archivist,
  • the foreshadowing of future discoveries in the video tapes in the archive,
  • the rumour of Solution Focus, spreading the good news, and valuing differences in doing SF.
  • The Challenge of the week: „Choose one or two clients or conversational partners and simply have a conversation about your conversation. And see what similarities and differences come out of the understanding of what took place.”

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