Friday, November 1, 2019

Choose words with care: Words can create reality!

Choose words with care: Words can create reality!

"The limits of my language are the limits of my world": - Ludwig Wittgenstein.

The words or the Language we use in our day to day life may give evidence on what kind of person we are. What we say creates certainty or uncertainty. Be aware of what words that help us feel confident, empowered and satisfied. Be mindful of the words that steal our confidence and create uncertainty. Observing our words will help us in managing our thoughts which may help us in maintaining our mood and then the further action.

See the difference between what happens when a person says "I am a failure" instead of saying I have failed cupule of times". This Language may alter our emotion, and further, it influences our action. The process of world construction is psychological; it takes place in the head. People can care their words and use it wisely by deliberate decisions which may help us in making our life in a better way in terms of enhancing self as well as enhancing the interpersonal relationship.

When a reporter asked Thomas Edison how it felt to fail 2000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb, he said, "I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000 step process." The key is the meaning he gave to failure. Some women are leaving their careers to raise kids to describe this choice as a "sacrifice" others an "investment in their children". The difference in words is reflected in their fulfilment in the role they have chosen. We have unlimited options on how we describe our day: awful, bad, ok, good, excellent, extraordinary. How often is a day all terrible or all terrific? Not often. How we describe our day impacts how we feel. Using overly dramatic words can increase stress and uncertainty. 

The economy can be described as devastating or depressing. Others use challenging, exciting or opportunistic. What's the difference in mindset? Some may argue it's ignoring the reality of the economy, but how we feel and our mindset leads to our actions. Calling the economy depressing may lead to immobility, calling the economy opportunistic has led some to take action and start a new business. Taking action changes our circumstances.

Words and Language create our mental world. Examining the Language that we use allows us to take ownership of the story being written. "We are swimming, all of us, in an ocean of stories, interpretations, explanations, and beliefs," says Brothers. "All of which live in Language, and a great majority of which we have long since forgotten that we have authored. Some, absolutely do not take us today, and will not take us today, where we say we want to go. But we have the authority and ability to change them, decrease them, transcend them, and let them go."

Language use is an acvt of creation. Speaking alters physical space by creating a sound wave that moves through the air. Writing with a pen or pencil alters the physical material being written on. Digital language changes the values of computer bits from 0s to 1s or vice versa. Those physical transformations have power.

Language is how we give meaning to our life situations, ourselves and our future. What we say creates certainty or uncertainty. Be aware of what words that help we feel confident empowered and satisfied. Be aware of the words that steal our confidence and create uncertainty. Choose words to get the results we want. 

The language usage can be explained in the context of Solution-Focused Psychology or widely known as Solution Focused Approach. Its applications are used in many different settings like counselling, education, management, coaching etc.

Application of Solution Focused Approach enables people to build desirable change in their lives in the shortest possible time. It believes that change comes from encouraging people to use solution-focused languages or useful words by asking useful questions that are focused on desired future change. From these descriptions, people can make adjustments to what they do in their lives. 

A problem-focused Language is one such, usually incorporating negative Language and useless words that suggest the permanence of a problem or difficulty in a person. A solution-focused language, in contrast, is often more positive, hopeful, and future-focused, and suggests the transience of the issues. A distinction was made between 'problem talk' and 'solution talk', in that 'problem talk belongs to the problem itself and is not part of the solution'. On the other hand, 'as two people talk more and more about the solution they want to construct together, they come to believe in the truth or reality of what they are talking about. This is the way language works, naturally'.

By focusing our attention on a few words or situations each day, we can gradually, word by word, transform both the way we think and the way our ideas manifest in the world. 

Below mentioned three steps might help us to increase certainty: 

Step one: Be careful of the words we use in our conversation with others as well as self (internally and especially I am Language). 
Step two: See how we can change the Language or words to solution-focused (Eg: - Say "I have failed cupule of times" instead of saying "I am a failure")
Step three: Create a description of a vision statement for our desired future. 

"We can only know what a word means by, how the other person in the conversation uses it": - Steve de Shazer.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Brief Psychotherapy: International Training Conference

International Training Conference in Brief Psychotherapies 2019 (ITCBP2019) will be held at the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS), Govt. Medical College Campus, Kozhikode, Kerala, from 12th to 14th of December 2019.

The conference comprises of 5 keynotes by 1. Adam Froerer- USA, 2. Biba Rebolj- UK, 3. Bernardo Paoli - Italy, 4. Elliott Connie - USA, 5. Arnoud Huibers - The Netherlands) from 8.45 AM to 11.00 AM and more than 22 workshops (parallel workshops) from 11.30 AM to 3.30 PM on different types of brief Psychotherapies by experts.

Apart from Keynotes and workshops, there will be two sessions of oral presentations from 4.00 PM to 5.30 PM at the conference.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

International Training Conference in Brief Psychotherapies 2019 (ITCBP2019)

International Training Conference in Brief Psychotherapies 2019 (ITCBP2019)
ITCBP2019 Scientific committee welcomes your abstracts of proposals for workshops and oral papers presentations based on the theme and subtheme of the conference.
We invite proposals from Mental Health Professionals, Counsellors, Special Educators, Rehabilitation Professionals, Research Scholars, Students, Trainees and Policymakers.
  • All abstract submissions should through the online submission forms.
  • Please submit your proposal on or before 30th September 2019.
  • Notification of acceptance of the proposal will be intimated after 1st October 2019.
  • Last date for full paper submission – 30th September 2019 (optional).
  • Selected articles will be published in the Conference Proceedings (with ISBN) or SFLit (with ISSN).

The theme of the conference: ‘Current Practices and Future Directions in Brief Psychotherapies’
  • Solution-Focused Approach as a brief psychotherapy
  • Current Practice in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Practices as a multicultural approach to brief psychotherapy
  • Incorporating computer-based applications in brief psychotherapy
  • Cross-cultural considerations in brief psychotherapy
  • Training and Supervision in brief psychotherapy
  • Brief psychotherapy approaches with LGBT clients
  • The philosophical underpinning of brief therapy
  • Post-modern approaches in brief psychotherapy
  • Brief psychotherapy approaches in the organisational and corporate setting
  • Brief psychotherapy approaches in settings like school, prison, child protection service, addiction care (substance & behavioural), trauma, violence, women mental health, child and adolescent mental health

Submission of Abstracts for Workshops – 90 minutes
Workshop proposals are invited from experts in the area, who are willing to facilitate a group of participants (maximum 50) for about 90 minutes. substantial proposals will be considered for 180 minutes of the workshop.
  • The format: Abstracts (Maximum 500 words) relating to the theme and sub-themes of the conference, which should contain the following sections; Title, brief introduction, aim, contents, Workshop method and expected learning outcome.

Submission of Abstract for Oral Paper Presentation – 10 minutes
  • The format (conceptual/research paper): Abstracts (Maximum 500 words) relating to the theme and sub-themes of the conference, which contains the Title, Introduction, Rational of the Paper, Objectives, Methods and Conclusion and Implications.

Solution Focused Practice as a Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Practice as a Brief Therapy 
Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a brief approach or therapy to build solutions to various concerns of the clinical, subclinical and non-clinical population. Brief Therapy is defined as any psychological intervention intended to produce change as quickly as possible, whether or not a specific time limit set in advance (Eckert, 1993). Brief approaches to helping model have been gaining popularity among helping professionals. Various factors such as demand of clients to solve their problems quickly, financial constraints of clients to access long term therapies, clients having less time to involve in therapies, health care benefits wouldn't support for higher number of sessions and so on are a few of the reasons which clients and therapists to choose brief approaches. Solution-focused brief therapy has more than three decades of history ever since Steve de Shazer & Insoo Kim Berg and their colleagues developed it through an inquisitive approach towards existing practice. It is an approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. It explores current resources and future hopes rather than the present problems, past causes and typically involves only three to five sessions. Solutions focused therapists viewed clients as an expert on their life and more importantly, what will be useful to them. SFBT can thus be defined as a client-centred and collaborative process. 

Over a period of time, the Solution-focused approach has gained an important place among the helping models as brief psychotherapy. It emerged as brief psychotherapy for mental health issues and has been widely experimented on the different conditions such as depression, anxiety, deliberate self-harm, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, marital issues, caregiver burden, adolescent parenting and so on.

Solution focused therapy is also one among the well-studied therapeutic model. Reports show that currently there are five meta-analysis and six systematic reviews have already been carried out. More than two hundred outcome studies were carried out in the different part of the world and among which 82 studies were randomized control trials (Macdonlad, 2015). The solution-focused intervention has also gained a place in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) of SAMHSA, US Federal Government (Macdonlad, 2015). It is also observed that Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is an effective approach to the treatment of psychological problems, with effect sizes similar to other evidenced-based approaches, such as CBT and IPT, but that these effects are found in fewer average sessions. Evidence gathered from these studies can be concluded that there are promising results from solution-focused therapeutic interventions among the different population and for their wide variety of concerns. 

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