"Every contact, no matter how brief, is an opportunity for change – that change can occur quickly and with limited practitioner time."
This practical workshop explores how you can improve the important conversations that you have every day with a wide range of people and with yourself by using a solution-focused, strength-based mindset and toolkit. The need for more widely available and more effective helping conversations is widely recognized and the impact of your helping conversations on yourself and others is enormous. This workshop is designed to help you become a more effective coach, counsellor, advisor, colleague, manager, health care provider, community member, and parent by leveraging the dynamic power of your everyday conversations with yourself and others. The solution-focused approach activates and expands hopes, strengths, resources, and positive goals to enhance learning and performance, create desired change, build relationships, and enhance health and wellbeing. This respectful, collaborative approach involves a paradigm shift away from the traditional deficit-oriented, problem-based focus on what’s wrong to a more positive, future-oriented focus on what’s wanted, what’s working, and what strengths and resources people already have that can be used to make progress. You will learn principles and techniques to become more effective in finding and using your own and other people’s strengths and resources to build and improve relationships, develop and achieve goals, and help find solutions to a wide range of challenges including academic and workplace issues, mental and physical health challenges, career development, and family life.