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Dierolf, K. (2012). Is SF a Systemic Approach? InterAction, 4(2), 10–26. 

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This paper summarises main differences and similarities between SF and systemic approaches in deontology, theory, practice and culture. It concludes that SF practice should not be subsumed under the heading of a systemic approach .

Dierolf, K. &. McKergow. M. (2008). The grammar of neuroscience. InterAction, 1(1), 42–55.

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While we are encouraged by the appearance of articles about neuroscience which support SF practice, we urge caution in interpreting these findings on three grounds. The different grammars of neuroscience (molecular grammar) and SF prac- tice (people grammar) are not transposable, and according to Wittgenstein one cannot be reduced to the other. There is a risk of falling for the mereological fallacy – applying to a part (a brain) something which can only be applied to a whole (a person). Finally, the fundamentally social aspect of language calls into question our everyday assumptions about the links between mind, brain and language. Wittgenstein and others offer a way to say what can be said clearly, and to be as unmuddled as possible in our investigations and discussions. 

Dierolf, K. (2011). SF practice as an application of discursive psychology — discursive psychology as a theoretical backdrop of SF practice. InterAction, 3(1), 21–34.

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This article attempts to show some of the parallels between Solution Focused practice and the theory of discursive psychology. It suggests that SF practice might be a possible application of discursive psychology and that discursive psychology may be seen as a philosophical backdrop for SF practice. 

Lievens, P (2013). Towards Better Communication and Cooperation. InterAction5(2), 86-91.

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This case study looks at using SF for organisational development in a context of a merger situation, where management and central services unfold their influence to the work floor.
This article follows the design, delivery and results of an assignment to improve communication, participation and cooperation.

McKergow, M. &. Korman, H. (2009). In between: Neither inside nor outside: The radical simplicity of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 28(2), 34–49.

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In this paper we attempt to set out some crucial ways in which we see the practice of solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) as differing from other forms of therapy, both in what solution focused brief therapists do and what they do not normally do at all. 

Dierolf, K. (2004). Found in translation. Lernende Organisation, 21(September / Oktober), 60–64.

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In this article, I would like to share with you what I learned about the use of language by translating seminars, live coachings and articles by solution focused consultants, coaches, and therapists like Insoo Kim Berg, Steve de Shazer, Ben Furman, Peter Szabó and Louis Cauffman. In my view, a lot of truth in life hides in the “inbetween” – and sitting between presenter and audience, between coach and client as translator, I was able to learn a lot for my own coaching practice – maybe there is also something in it for you.

Visser, C and Dierolf, K. Realistic Career Guidance – Adopting solution focused views and tools

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Solution Focus is used in many organisational applications. We have experienced that Solution Focus is highly applicable in career guidance, too,  confirmed by a thesis written by Barbara Steiner (2004). In this article, we would ike to explain how. We hope this will provide you with some useful new views and tools.

Dierolf, K. Solution Focused Consulting for Global Virtual Teams 

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This article describes special challenges of global virtual teams. Solution Focused coaching and consulting is presented as especially suitable to meet these challenges. A global virtual team coaching case is presented.


German articles Awaiting upload

Dierolf, K. (2012). Lösungsfokussiertes Management. In Wirtschaftspsychologie und Organisationserfolg : Tagungsband zur 16. Fachtagung der “Gesellschaft für angewandte Wirtschaftspsychologie”, Stuttgart, 11. bis 12. Februar 2012 (pp. 303–311). Lengerich, Westf: Pabst Science Publ.

Dierolf, K. (2012). Lösungsfokussierte Beratung und Systemische Strukturaufstellungen. In: systemischer 1, S. 60–70.

Dierolf, K. &. Visser C. (2004). Karriere und Outplacementberatung aus lösungsfokussierter Sicht. In: Lernende Organisation 2004 (19), S. 10–14.

Dierolf, K. (2004). Found in translation. Lernende Organisation, 21(September / Oktober), 60–64.

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