I am pleased to say that Fredrike Bannink has agreed to be interviewed (past idealawg interviews) here. Before the interview is posted, you may learn more about her approach to mediation by reading her article from mediate.com titled "Solution Focused Mediation." Excerpt:
The solution focused model was developed during the 80s by De Shazer, Berg and colleagues at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, USA. They expanded upon the findings of Watzlawick, Weakland and Fish (1974), who found that the attempted solution would sometimes perpetuate the problem and that an understanding of the origins of the problem was not necessary. Propositions of De Shazer (1985) are:
- The development of a solution is not necessarily related to the problem (or conflict). An analysis of the problem is not useful in finding solutions, whereas an analysis of exceptions to the problem is.
- The clients are the experts. They are the ones who determine their preferred future and the road to achieving this. De Shazer (1994) assumes that problems (or conflicts) are a sort of subway tokens: they get the person through the gate (to the table of the mediator) but do not determine which train he will take, nor do they determine which stop he will use to get off.
- If it is not broken, do not fix it. Leave alone what is positive in the perception of the clients.
- If something works, continue with it. Even though it may be something completely different from what was expected.
- If something does not work, do something else. More of the same leads nowhere.
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