Solution Oriented Approaches

April 2014

PINS members joined Margaret Nash and Paula Dudgeon, both Depute Principal Psychologists at Inverclyde Council, for a day’s discussion around Solution Oriented Approaches.

What is a Solution Oriented Approach?

A solution oriented approach helps people to develop goals and solutions rather than just explore and analyse current problems.  It is different to more traditional helping methods in that it focuses on the present and the future, on goals and how to achieve them. A solution oriented approach supports commitments to forming positive relationships, building understanding and connections with young people, and recognising what influences a child or young person’s behaviour.

A solution oriented approach can be used in individual work through coaching and conversations with children and young people, colleagues and parents and carers. It can also be used with whole groups and classes or in solution oriented meetings with children, young people and parents/carers. It is also used successfully in multi-agency planning meetings and for professional reflection and quality improvement.

Solution oriented approaches centre on a number of key principles which lead and guide thinking and practice in a range of contexts and are supported by tools and techniques. The PINS training event introduced these and gave participants the opportunity to take part in a solution oriented meeting in order to experience the approach in a practical way.