Love the Staffroom, Love the Job: A Solution Focused Approach to Looking After Yourself Delivered by Chris Iveson, Partner at BRIEF

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This workshop will support adults to develop solution-focused approaches to self-care and positive wellbeing.


Why should I attend?

Teaching can be a joy or a nightmare and mostly lies somewhere between the two. The greatest contributor to the joy of teaching, to feeling that you chose the right job, is the spirit of the school team. A contented, sometimes even happy, staffroom is the best indicator of a successful school. We will finish this workshop with a peep into the classroom but mostly it will be for you. There are four essential ingredients to a successful organisation, whether it be a factory, a bank or a school.

  1. Its members have the required skills for the job they do.
  2. Each member is content to come to work.
  3. The members work well and appreciatively together
  4. Each member contributes to the overall purpose of the organisation.

The Solution Focused process, here adapted for individual and team coaching, is the result of a series of accidental discoveries born out of practice and ‘on-the-ground’ research. Two findings stand out: the more we talk about past and present success, the more success we are likely to find in our future and, the more we talk about our hoped-for future, the more likely we are to move in that direction. Solution Focused conversations do not so much solve problems but, instead, change lives.

 In this workshop you will experience the positive force of a Solution Focused conversation.

Chris Iveson is a former teacher, social worker, manager and family therapist, who at various times has specialised in children’s safeguarding, care of older people, adult, adolescent and child mental health mental health, school attendance and behaviour and couples counselling. He is a Founder Member of BRIEF, who have trained close to 100,000 professionals in the UK and around the world, and is author and co-author of five books including BRIEF Coaching (with Evan George and Harvey Ratner) and TeamTalk (with Susanne Burgstaller). He is often described as a clear and entertaining presenter.  We are pleased to welcome Chris to Barking and Dagenham.


What will it cover?

These will be your conversation headings and each will come with detailed guidance:

  • The Photograph Album
  • The Disaster Diverted
  • The Video – What do you do before you say, “Hello.”
  • The Social – what you say after you’ve said, “Hello.”
  • The Corridor – the long walk to the classroom
  • Homeward Bound – ready for life!


Who is it for?

Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders, Teachers, Teaching Assistants


Is this part of a suite of training?

Chris Iveson will also be hosting 'Back to School, Forward to Success: A Solution Focused Approach' on 10th July 2020 from 9.30 to 12.30

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


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

Name: Lee Boyce


 For general booking or CPD enquiries please contact:



BDSIP Members – pay as you go £50

Non BDSIP members – pay as you go £62.50

CPD Package No charge

Schools outside of LBBD - £62.50


This course will take place online via Zoom. Log in details and password will be sent to you alongside your booking confirmation. Please check your junk email inbox if you do not receive this confirmation. 





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