Have you ever had a client/patient who seemed more interested in focusing on their problems instead of solutions? How do you help someone who gets stuck in a perpetual rut? Encouraging clients to be solution focused means helping them focus on what’s going right, determining what has been helpful in the past, and challenging them about what they can do today to create change. Find out how to help clients acknowledge and break negative patterns, ask empowering questions, and replace excuses with positive action.
- Distinguish differences in problem-centered versus solution-centered approaches.
- Modify common negative thinking patterns with solution-focused strategies.
- Build problem-solving skills through re-defining the problem.