Following in the footsteps of Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer, there are many very talented and skilled solution-focused therapists and trainers who provide support and guidance to upcoming solution-focused professionals throughout North America. SFBTA has been asked to help facilitate a connection between professionals who have the time and those who would like to connect with an experienced solution-focused practitioner. We have given this much thought. Terms such as “mentor” and “supervisor” come from the more traditional problem-focused approach. While solution-focused practitioners naturally form relationships that could be described in such terms, we use these same solution-focused principles and not-knowing stance with other professionals. Therefore we are not prone to favor the regular use of such formal labels or descriptions. Our interactions with other professionals tend to be more collaborative and lean toward developing a mutually agreed upon structure and process. We seek to provide a mutual learning environment that empowers and nurtures respect and one that fosters the desire to learn and grow. We see ourselves more in the role of a useful brain to pick, a listening ear, or one to give a useful nudge in a helpful direction. Call it what you may. . . . However, we have come to accept that we do our solution-focused work in a problem-focused world. Therefore it can be helpful for some to also acknowledge the mainstream definitions. So, in providing this mentorship resource list, we have used the following definitions to help differentiate between the traditional terns of supervision, consultation, and mentoring:
- Supervision. Supervision is typically considered to carry more responsibility than either consultation or mentoring. In most mental health and other professions, supervisors are responsible for the behaviors of their supervisees.
- Consultation. Consultation carries some liability, but not to the same extent as supervision. While supervisors clearly are responsible for the behavior of their supervisees, consultants are responsible only for the advice they give, not for the decisions of the other person.
- Mentoring. In the literature, mentoring typically is considered more like walking alongside a younger or less experienced colleague, assisting with socialization into a profession, and perhaps talking in general terms about an approach or strategies for some activity. When conversation moves to particular cases, especially in therapy, the relationship moves more toward consultation or supervision. Mentoring also can mean inviting to conferences, co-authoring research or articles, introducing to others in the field, recommending further training or books, etc.
SFBTA provides a list of professionals who have self-identified as providing solution-focused mentorship and who have the time to accept additional professionals under their wing. We trust the mentor and person seeking mentorship to discuss the conditions and the desired outcomes. The results of any mentoring relationships established as a result of the contacts provided by SFBTA are the sole responsibility of mentor and person being mentored. Please note that SFBTA has not researched the credentials or skill level of either the mentors or the people seeking mentorship, and inclusion herein does not constitute endorsement by SFBTA. Also, please note that there are a significant number of additionally well qualified, skilled mentors whose current schedules preclude working with additional people seeking mentorship from SFBTA.
Mentors must attend the SFBTA conference two out of five consecutive years in order to remain on this list. To be listed, please e-mail Teri Pichot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following professionals are available as potential mentors:
(There will be more names added soon)
- Heather Fiske, (416) 698-0758, email@example.com
- Dan Gallagher, Be_Brief@msn.com
- Haesun Moon, (416) 898-0381, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sara Smock Jordan, email@example.com
- Thorana Nelson, (435)770-0027, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joel Simon, (845)778-7106, email@example.com
- Bob Blundo, (910)620-9535, firstname.lastname@example.org