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  1. Thanks Daryl, I really identified with the comment on identifying the establishment of a consensual and effective focus on with the client about the work. It’s certainly an area I’m trying to pay more attention to at this point. Such a building block to everything we do after that.

    Would you say this may be less about the repetition of skills and more about the discipline of taking a critical look at the journey we’re about the embark on with the client? (So we end up going in the same direction!) 🙂

    • Barry, I have to say, your comment is highly astute.

      Here’s why:

      1. We need to learn to see clearly before we can interpret the world around us. This is a form of designing thinking. Who is it for? What is it for?

      2. But certainly, once we’ve identified an area of focus, we can develop “skills” to improve the way we elicit, ask and pave out ways to mobilise and develop a therapeutic focus.

      3. Mere repetition of a skill or “drilling” without an environment of learning feedback (not just performance feedback), tends to create more of the same.

      4. Re: Goals consensus: Turns out, this is not as frequently and critically examined in the literature as comparison of techniques, but, has more leverage on impacting outcomes. See this article.

      Thanks for the question Barry.

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