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Leading a mental health team through COVID Lockdown with Solution Focus

Jan 10, 2021

Michele Orr

Introduced by Carey Glass

What forms of power does a leader need for a remote working team during COVID19? Michele Orr heads up a mental health team in Melbourne, Australia and describes what levers have been necessary for remote working to succeed.

Interestingly, from a clinical standpoint, staff have used Solution Focus more with clients and more effectively, when they focus on listening to clients on the telephone, rather than face to face.

Michele Orr
Michele Orr
InterAction Contributor

Michele is a Nurse Practitioner (NP) working in Mental Health in Melbourne (Australia). She has been working in mental health for 30 years. Michele has been practising SFBT for the past nine years. She currently leads the Brief Intervention Team of senior clinicians who use SFBT. Michele has been a Board Member of the Australasian Association for Solution Focused Brief Therapy for the past six years. Michele held the acting DON (Mental Health) and Associate Program Director (Adult Acute Mental Health Services) for eight months from 2016 – 2017.

Carey Glass
Carey Glass
SFiO Reviewed Practitioner
Editor of Interaction
SFIO Contributor

Carey Glass is a Management Consultant and Organisational Psychologist. Her business “Change With Ease” reflects the miracle that happens when organisation move away from problem-focused approaches. She has brought SF to all areas of corporate and public sector life in the UK, from strategy, to performance management, to occupational health and safety, to culture, coaching and complexity helping create far-reaching change with ease. She has published case studies describing the transformation that SF brings to organisational outcomes and is excited to now be bringing the benefits of SF to Australian organisations.