Brief Coaching

A Solution Focused Approach

By Chris Iveson, Evan George, Harvey Ratner

© 2012 – Routledge

206 pages

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About the Book

Brief Coaching offers a new approach to coaching by considering how the client will know when they have reached their goal, and what they are already doing to get there. The coach aims to work towards the solution rather than working away from the problem, so that the client's problem is not central to the session, but instead the coach and the client work towards the client's preferred future.

This book employs case examples and transcripts of sessions to offer guidance on:

  • looking for resources rather than deficits
  • exploring possible and preferred futures
  • examining what is already contributing to that future
  • treating clients as experts in all aspects of their lives.

This practical guide includes summaries and activities for the coach to do with the client and will therefore be a useful tool for both new and experienced coaches, as well as therapists branching into coaching who want to add to their existing skills.

Reviews

"This book offers the expertise of leading solution focused therapists for an audience that is interested in how to take a solution focused approach to their coaching work. When resources are tight, a BRIEF approach offers a well researched way of making the most from coaching interventions." - Carole Pemberton, Executive Coach and author of Coaching to Solutions

"What this book offers are some potentially fruitful ideas about conducting therapy, indeed the process of therapy itself. I also liked the emphasis on “client strengths, resources, competencies, capabilities and successes.” - James K. Luiselli, New England Psychologist

Table of Contents

Introduction. Basic Principles. Establishing the Contract. Preferred Futures. What is Already Working. Scales. Closing a Session. Second and Subsequent Sessions. Back to Work. The Manager Coach. Last Words. Appendix: Solution Focused Questions.

About the Authors

Chris Iveson, Evan George and Harvey Ratner are founding members of BRIEF, London, UK, an independent training, therapy and consultation agency in the practice of solution focused brief therapy

About the Series

Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge

The Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge series provides an accessible and lively introduction to key areas in the developing field of coaching.

Each book in the series is written by leading coaches with extensive experience and has a strong practical emphasis, including illustrative vignettes, summary boxes, exercises and activities.

Assuming no prior knowledge, these books will appeal to professionals in business, management, human resources, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, as well as students and tutors of coaching and coaching psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS030000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
PSY021000
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology