Individuals working in a group within the same setting or toward similar goals or serving the same clients can find support through peer group Solution Focused workshops and exercises. These structured activities bring team members together, creating enthusiasm, energy and camaraderie, and tapping into their combined skills and resources to enable them to reach common goals. At the same time, each person has their own needs addressed with the help of their colleagues. Peer group support can be conducted in pairs and in larger groups as required.
Solution Focused exercises are used to provide participants with an opportunity to work on topics and issues that are important to them and:
- Get fresh perspectives
- Gain insights
- Build clarity and confidence to move forward
- Leave with ideas about next steps
- Get a taste of the power and simplicity of Solution Focus
- Tap into the resources, skills and experiences of their colleagues
The exercises and workshops can be tailored to meet an organization’s needs. For example, a programme could be set up with a longer session as a starter and continue with weekly/monthly mini sessions. The latter could easily be set up as an in-house activity for use during a staff meeting for example. Following are some examples of exercises using Solution Focused questions.
Solution Café was created by Solution Surfers Romania. The format is an informal, café-style discussion with supporting materials and a simple structure using Solution Focused questions. This format can be used with a minimum of four people to much larger groups.
The Circle Technique was developed by Dr Arnoud Huibers, psychologist and psychotherapist. The joint brainstorming around an inner and outer circle is useful to collate both what is going well and what people would like to be different or improved. In a group session, a simple but powerful application is pairs-work, where one person acts as ‘coach’ who asks a series of Solution Focused questions and one as care worker who answers the questions.
- What are you happy about in your work, your team, your organisation?
- What suggestions do you have to improve your work, for your team, for your organisation?
The individual work can be brought back to the group and summarized for the benefit of all present.