Route to Becoming a Reviewed Contributor
By becoming a reviewed contributor, you can demonstrate and certify that your work is truly respective of the Solution Focused Approach (see SF Clues). To achieve this, two experienced reviewed SFIO contributors review a piece of SF work (Piece of Work) you carry out.
The field of SF use in organisations is growing globally, as is the SF network supporting the exchange of knowledge and good practice in organisations. One of the reasons why the Association for Solution Focus in Organisations was created is to be able to say something about standards of SF practice.
How do we understand the ‘quality’ of SF use in organisational work? There is no guarantee of quality if we only know a professional’s formal background, educational level or personal reputation. Being simple and solution focused, we prefer to ask people to demonstrate with detailed evidence what they do. Hence, the SFiO review process looks at what you do and how you do it rather than your status and background.
SFiO reviews ‘pieces of work’ rather than individuals. This respects the idea that every case is different and avoids specifying a syllabus or methodology, etc. We thank the Association for Solution Focus in Consulting and Training (ASFCT) for their agreement for SFiO to use their review process.
As a rich learning experience for both candidates and reviewers, the review is a terrific way of sharing valuable resources amongst Contributors.
This is not an “examination.” It is a learning experience for you and for your reviewers. As one person said, “It was a privilege to have the dedicated time of my reviewers to review the piece and discuss it with me in an SF way. I was nervous about the review process but it became clear very quickly that this was a learning event, not an examination. I gained a lot of insights in to my work and the reviewers found it helpful too.”
Click here to see three videos by people who have been reviewed using the original ASFCT process:
Below you will find links to:
- An explanation of what we mean by a “Piece of Work”
- All of the review documentation
- The Solution Focus Clues, which are an important asset for your review
What is my investment?
You must be or become a contributor of the SFIO Network, before you can apply for a review. We do not charge for a review, your reviewers do this as as a benefit to others; in return we ask for your commitment to carry out the review process for other applicants as a 2nd reviewer and lead reviewer. Your first review is as a 2nd Reviewer, working with an experienced Lead Reviewer. You then become a Lead Reviewer for another person. The process of reviewing your peers is a great learning opportunity and highly rewarding.
What is the benefit?
- You have the opportunity to reflect on your piece of work and have it reviewed by two experienced peers – contributor feedback is that this is a valuable learning experience that can boost your confidence with using SF
- You receive your own page on the SFiO site to explain your review – you can link to this in your website or other media to show that you are reviewed by your SF peers
- You have the opportunity to publish an article about your piece of work in the SFiO journal
- We will be distributing soon a Reviewed Contributor logo for use on your materials
Register for a review of a piece of your work
Please do take advantage of this excellent opportunity and read the Review Process Description SFiO 1.4 document. To register for a review, download the Review Application Form SFiO 1.3 and send it to Anton Stellamans at: Anton.firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Register for a review of a piece of work” in the subject line. Please state your country of residence and the language you prefer to be reviewed in. Please note that we may not have a reviewer in your local language.
We can review in the following languages although we have far more people who can review in English:
- Dutch / Flemish