Autumn news from sfwork – online SF Professional course and more

 This is our first newsletter in a few months. Sorry about the gap in communication – partly due to changing plans for future events, partly because we’ve been increasingly busy with in-house client work. Here’s the latest.

SF Professional – online and other optionsImageWe have been thinking very hard about how to continue our flagship SF Professional course, leading to SFCT full membership. The issue is balancing the undoubted success of multi-module face to face learning with the inconvenience for those increasing numbers from outside the UK who wish to work with Mark and the team.Instead, we are working with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) to deliver an online version of the course starting in March 2011. The course will run over 16 weeks and contain all material covered in the face to face version, including our six Solutions Tools, working in indivudal, group and organisational settings, coaching practice and a project. Mark himself will be the course tutor. UWM have delivered an online SF therapy course for some years, which was originally run by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg themselves. There will be more news of this exciting development nearer the start in March 2011. In the meantime, there is preliminary information here.

If you’re very keen to work with us face to face or can’t wait that long, Mark and Jenny are running the first module of SF Professional as part of Il Faro’s SF At Work course in Belgium. The dates are 9-10 December 2010, click here for more details and registration. This course is at a brilliant venue in the Belgian countryside, is in English, and a good and valuable time is assured with Anton and Liselotte doing the hosting.

Click here for a first look at SF Professional online

Business improvement with sfwork – building change rapidly in the toughest situationsImageWe have been doing more and more work with client organisations during 2010. Our assignments have included:

  • SF Coaching for Senior Leaders – for NHS and local government
  • SF Consulting for HR Professionals – for the banking sector
  • Conflict resolution facilitations for UK and Swedish customers (based on our PARTNER model – which Antoinette Oglethorpe has also been using with the Metropolitan Police)
  • Solutions Tools for fast moving environment – for the advertising industry, BBDO Canada
  • Business performance workshops – tackling multiple issues in a short time
  • iFLOW personal effectiveness workshops
  • Masterclasses in SF for Learning Skills Network, SIETAR and othersIf you’d like to know more about these areas, and how we can help you tackle your major challenges right now, give us a ring on +44 (0)8453 707145.

    Read about the impact of our SF Coaching for Leaders at the NHS

Forthcoming events in Europe 2010-2011ImageWe have events all over Europe during the coming months. All these events are in English.18-19 November, Vilnius, Lithuania: Introduction to SF workshop with Mark and Jenny, contact Dainius Baltrusaitis < The event also marks the publication of The Solutions Focus in Lithuanian.

9-10 December, Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren, Belgium: Introduction to SF workshop as part of Il Faro’s SF At Work course.

17-19 January 2011, Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren, Belgium: Accelerated Learning and SF for Trainers – a rare run for Mark’s acclaimed course for trainers of all kinds. Details at

10-11 February 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Solution Tools with Groups and Organisations with Mark and Jenny, part of Louis Cauffman’s SF Management mastercourse.

Click here for more details of Accelerated Learning at Il Faro, 17-19 January 2011

InterAction journal now onlineMark is one of the editors of the SFCT journal InterAction, which now has its own online portal. The first three issues are now online, shortly to be joined by issue 4. There is some free content from each issue available to all, while members can access all the content. Go to read and download Mark’s ‘Grammar of Neuroscience’ paper now FREE.Visit InterAction online now – FREE CONTENT Image

We hope to have a new format newsletter out early in 2011, featuring more of our work with clients and how we use SF to tackle real issues with real customers. Look out for it!

Mark McKergow and Jenny Clarke
The Centre for Solutions Focus at Work

PS Check out our good friend Robert MacPhee’s new book and website Manifesting for Non-Gurus – you might win a coaching session with Mark, Jack Canfield or many other personal development legends!

PPS Another good friend, John Dyer, is running courses around the UK in early December including Birmingham, Bristol and Brighton about the new UK Equality Act – vital for employers of all sizes. Details at

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