SFP 98 – Solution Focus in Practice: Connecting with Rob Black


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SFP 98 – Episode 98: Solution Focus in Practice: Connecting with Rob Black

Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #98

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

SFP 98 - Episode 98: Solution Focus in Practice: Connecting with Rob Black

by Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Simply Focus Podcast |38:07


“If you show interest in someone they are more likely to come along with you on that kind of journey.”

“My most successful outcomes with clients, I’ve always had a sense within the first ten minutes of speaking with someone, there is some kind of connection.”

“I just need to find a way of asking that probably makes more sense to him.”

“So, when I’ve joined different teams, which I have, and I tried to explain what I do, they just look at me like ‘What? That’s it, is it? You ask someone what they want. You ask them what that might look like. And you ask them what they did already.’ And I say ‘That’s pretty much it, but there is a lot more to it than that.‘.”

Rob Black

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we talk with Rob Black, accredited solution-focused practitioner by the UKASFP, qualified social-worker, clinical team leader at Bath Spa University, about

  • what fascinates him with Solution Focus,
  • in what settings he is adapting Solution Focus,
  • the differences in language when working with different client groups,
  • problem-free talk and connecting with our clients,
  • what supported him in connecting with young people,
  • how he first came across Solution Focus and how watching people do the work helped him develop his practice,
  • how he let Insoo guess football results,
  • what Guy Shennan would love to see Rob talk on this podcast,
  • different detailed stories of how Rob applies Solution Focus with young people,
  • silence, giving people space, trusting the process, and adapting the next question to fit (even) better as key elements in SF dialogues,
  • pace, enthusiasm, and staying with the client’s perception,
  • the art of Solution Focused practice and keeping on learning,
  • working virtually with clients and what he discovered about himself,
  • establishing an evidence-base for our own work,
  • two funny stories with Chris Iveson.
  • The challenge of the week: „Notice the times when you used silence effectively and the differences that made in terms of the interaction in the conversation.”


Join the conversation

Friendpower is stronger than willpower. So, let’s inspire each other! Share your ideas and thoughts on what inspired you about our conversation with Rob and what differences this makes for you in your everyday life. Share as much detail as possible. Your story might be the one making a vital difference for someone else. Your thoughts and ideas matter and might encourage others to keep on going their SF journey. Share this podcast episode with your friends, clients or colleagues who you think might be inspired by this conversation. It could give them some practical ideas on how to apply Solution Focus in their daily life.

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