SFP 56 – Episode 56: Don’t assume, ask: A unique conversation about common factors, respect, and keeping clients at the center with Prof. John Murphy
Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #56
SFP 56 - Episode 56: Don’t assume, ask: A unique conversation about common factors, respect, and keeping clients at the center with Prof. John Murphy
“I signed up for this business to lift people up and to try and find things that we can build on. (…) It made work more enjoying and engergizing.“
„Every person has a unique story (…) and It’s truly an adventure, it’s like being able to read stories all day in this fantastic book.“
„Here are some ways that we can empower and activate those (common) factors and it just so happens that a lot of those ways are also called Solution Focused Therapy techniques.“
„If we allow ourselves to be, we will be shaped into effectiveness by clients.“Prof. John Murphy
In today’s episode, we talk with Prof. John Murphy about
- what has fascinated him with Solution Focus,
- how he came in contact with Solution Focus and what kept him on this road,
- respect, respectful curiosity, putting the client in the center, and letting their answers drive the conversation,
- the uniqueness of conversations and intriguing questions that open up for possibilities and different stories,
- client-directed practice and the willingness to let yourself be shaped into effectiveness by clients,
- the common factors research and how Solution Focus Brief Therapy empowers the important variables,
- don’t assume, ask or asking clients about their experience,
- giving credit and the influence of personal agency questions,
- planting seeds with our questions and invitations,
- his book „Solution Focused Counseling in Schools“ and who should definitely read it,
- remaining open to learn more about the complexity of people,
- The Challenge of the week: „Think of something you want to accomplish and make a list of people who want you to succeed with that. Select one person and ask yourself how you might go about recruiting this person to give you a hand.”
- Find out more about John Murphy and visit his website www.drjohnmurphy.com.
- You can also find more about John at the University of Central Arkansas.
- Check out his You Tube Music Channel and connect with him on his Facebook Music Page.
- Check out John’s book “Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools” and his other books.
- The book that started it all: “Change – Principles of Problem Formulation and Problem Resolution“ by Watzlawick, Weakland, and Fisch
- Read more about common factors in psychotherapy (Wampold, 2015) and systematic client feedback using PCOMS (chapter by Gillaspy & Murphy, in Franklin et al., 2012)
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