Back to School, Forward to Success: A Solution Focused Approach Delivered by Chris Iveson, Partner at BRIEF

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A very practical warm-up workshop with Chris Iveson from BRIEF, one of the world’s leading centres for Solution Focused Practice. It will offer tips and strategies for tapping into and building on the strengths, resources and resilience of your children and young people as they return to school.


Why should I attend?

Every child returning to school will have grown in some way: some of the younger children will have taken developmental strides while the older ones’ growth might be more subtle. A few children will have had to grow thicker skins or develop unusual ways to survive more intense distress at home and others will have blossomed more fully than they could ever have done at school. But they will all have grown; each child will bring something new, valuable and creative to add to their schools and their education.

Sadly, for them and for us all, there will still be fear in the air: fear that they have been so hurt that they cannot be taught in the ‘normal’ way; fear that they will have been so loved they will not be able to cope with just being ‘cared for’; and the fear we all share  that the virus might return with even more force and all our efforts be wasted.

This workshop will provide staff with tools to support learners to make a positive transition back into school, building on our learning over the last few months to enrich our school communities.

 Chris Iveson is a former teacher, social worker, family therapist, local authority manager and for the past twenty-five years a partner at BRIEF the UK’s leading centre for Solution Focused Practice. Chris is author and co-author (with Evan George and Harvey Ratner) of four books translated into ten languages and has delivered training to schools all over the world. As a therapist his recent work includes brief therapy for post traumatic stress, for people with serious mental and physical illness and teenagers struggling with school. Most people find his workshops inspiring.


What will it cover?

The Creativity of Hope

‘Hope for the best and prepare for the worst’ is a common strategy but one that misses the point of hope: hope, too, needs thought and preparation.  And the more work we put into clarifying our hopes, the more likely we are to see them come to fruition.  In this section, we will explore the creative possibilities of hope.

Inspiring Histories

Hope cannot be unhooked from experience; true hope is based on our experience of the world and so locates it within what might be possible. We can stretch hope but as soon as it seeks something that cannot happen, it turns quickly into despair. In this section, we will explore some inspiring histories, especially those that expanded the boundaries of our hopefulness.

Future Visions

 The clearer we are about where we are heading, the more likely we are to take the right roads and to arrive in the right place. What is less recognised in human interactions is that the more clearly we describe our future hopes, the more likely they are to come to fruition. In this section, we will explore the usually unnoticed ‘small print’ of future possibilities, the stuff that ‘keeps the show on the road’.

The Magic of Words

Words have a great potential force: they can destroy and empower, they can entrap and set free, they can deaden or inspire. In this section, we will look at how words might be used to shape not just a child but a class: in particular, those words which keep control while expanding, rather than restricting, boundaries.

From Challenging Child to Glittering Adult

 There are so many children who have for one reason or another, entered adulthood with very little schooling behind them, yet have gone on to be glittering successes, personally and publicly. In this last section, we will explore who might be a current candidate for such a glittering future. 


Who is it for?

Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Pastoral Leads, SENCOs, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Learning Mentors


Is this part of a suite of training?

Chris Iveson will also be running 'Love the Classroom, Love the Job:  A Solution Focused approach to Looking After Yourself' on 9th July 2020.

He will also be running a two day training session on 'Solution Focused Practice in Education' on 15th and 16th September 2020.


BDSIP Contacts

For specific enquiries about this course, please contact the course leader:

Name: Lee Boyce


For general booking or CPD enquiries please contact:



This course will take place online via Zoom. Zoom log in details will be sent with your order confirmation. 

Please check your junk inbox if you do not receive your confirmation email. 

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