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Advanced Coaching: Solution Focus Master Class

Advanced Coaching Skills Program: Solution Focus Master Class
2-Day Program
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The Solution Focus Master Class refines coaching skills by integrating pragmatic and proven Solution Focused methods - more intentionally – into coaching and all your conversations.

The Solution Focused methodology will change the direction of your conversations, enabling your organisation to move easily to a creative and enabling mindset in which there is positive progress towards broader organisational goals.

This two-day advanced-skills workshop delves into Solution Focus and the way in which it integrates with the GROWTH model and core coaching skills.

Solution Focus is a powerful yet subtle approach to positive change. From origins twenty years ago, it is now being used by major corporations, top business schools and many coaches and consultants as the methodology of choice where effective, respectful and lasting change is wanted. The Solution Focus approach will help you to work with change, emergence and the unexpected more confidently. The philosophy is practical and can be used in any form of interaction whether with teams, members of staff, or even in your personal conversations. You will build a greater awareness of the impact of words and language - and use them even more skillfully.

Who Is This Program Suitable For?

  • Leaders who want to understand and enhance their own response to change and challenge
  • Leaders who want to develop their teams to become more solution focused, creative and empowered, particularly in times of organisational change
  • Coaches who wish to build their own coaching skills by integrating an intentional Solution Focused approach

This is an advanced coaching skills program. Intending participants will have already have attended a GCI program such as Introduction to Leadership Coaching.

This program can be run within a school (minimum 12 participants) or within a community of schools. Individuals, pairs or small groups may attend a public program - these are available in all regions. Refer to Current Workshops for dates.


Program Objectives

During the Solution Focus Master Class you will:
  • Learn how to integrate proven Solution Focus (SF) tools and concepts into your coaching
  • Use an emergent tool-based approach to better respond to the client - using the six Solution Tools and five SF Boosters
  • Learn to focus more on the clients and their language
  • Work in a broader range of contexts, building on a ‘not-knowing’ approach
  • Understand the philosophical principles of Solution Focus coaching, based on the assumption that ‘change is happening all the time’
  • Build extra flexibility and confidence to work with whatever happens

Program Structure

The Solution Focus Master Class is delivered over two days. The program includes the following sessions:
  • Solution Focused welcome - using the tools to set up the day
  • What we already know - the GROWTH framework as a coaching foundation
  • The Albert Model - problem focus vs solution focus
  • Problem to Platform - engaging and contracting
  • Future Perfect - engaging creativity to define direction
  • Scaling - an unreasonably effective tool for building progress
  • Know-how - deploying the know-how of the performer, coach and others
  • Affirming what’s working - bringing strengths to the fore
  • Devising small actions - to quickly build progress
  • Counters - build on what’s better
  • Coaching practice sessions - practice using tools separately and together

Contribution to Registered PD hours


Completion of the two-day Solution Focus Master Class addresses the following domains and standards for Lead teacher from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers as published by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL): 3.5.4, 4.3.4, 6.1.4, 6.2.4, 6.3.4, 6.4.4, 7.1.4, 7.3.4, 7.4.4



Completing Solution Focus Master Class 2-day program will contribute to 12 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing, 3.5.4, 4.3.4, 6.1.4, 6.2.4, 6.3.4, 6.4.4, 7.1.4, 7.3.4, 7.4.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Certificate

Upon completion you will receive a GCI certificate of participation. You may also wish to add the program to your LinkedIn qualifications.

 

This program is presented in partnership with the Centre for Solution Focus at Work and

 

Fee

750* + GST
*Discounts are available for organisations who wish to run this program in-house
(Max 24 Participants)

Your fee includes:
  • 2 x Workshop days
  • Participant Workbooks
  • Complimentary book The Solutions Focus: Making Coaching & Change SIMPLE by Paul Z Jackson & Mark McKergow

This fee excludes:
  • GST

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Participants must have a background knowledge of the GROWTH model through participation in a program such as Introduction to Leadership Coaching.
  • Participants should have had some experience in individual coaching.
  • Participants should presently in a role in an educational organisation (including school, university, TAFE, related Head Office role or other private or government education institutions) or a not-for-profit organisation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Solutions Focus (SF)?
    The Growth Coaching International coaching approach combines the power of coaching with an intentional Solutions Focus Approach.
    Integration of Solutions Focus methodology will change the direction of your conversations, enabling your organisation to move easily to a creative and enabling mindset in which there is positive progress towards broader organisational goals.
    Solutions Focus is a powerful yet subtle approach to positive change. The SF methodology is now being used by major corporations, top business schools and many coaches and consultants as the methodology of choice where effective, respectful and lasting change is wanted. The Solutions Focus approach will help you to work with change, emergence and the unexpected more confidently. The philosophy is practical and can be used in any form of interaction whether with teams, members of staff, or even in your personal conversations. You will build a greater awareness of the impact of words and language - and use them even more skillfully. In helping individuals and teams progress on their challenges a Solutions Focus approach seeks to:
    • Bring attention to what's wanted, rather on what's wrong
    • Highlight current resources and strengths that can help things progress, rather than concentrating on what's missing
    • Address what emerges in conversation, rather than explore underlying motivations
    • Emphasise progress towards the what's wanted via small next steps, rather develop long term goal achievement plans
    Growth Coaching International coaching programs integrate a Solutions Focus Approach, where suitable, into all our programs.
  • I am not sure I can commit to the two workshop dates?
    Participants are required to commit to the entire program – including attendance at all workshop days on the nominated dates. If you think that your participation may clash with other commitments, it is strongly recommended to re-enrol into another program, to ensure minimum disruption to other participants. For more details, consult our ‘Terms and Conditions’ below.

Terms and Conditions

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