The current paper looks at Solution Focused (SF) work in a novel way – as an aesthetic (what makes it beautiful?) as opposed to a method (how do you do it?). This term comes from the art world, where different schools of painting can be described as having different aesthetics. Starting with a definition of the term, I propose five elements of an SF aesthetic: brevity, client autonomy, radical acceptance, staying at the surface and valuing small differences. While these are not present in every piece of SF work, they are things that we strive for, qualities that bring me (at least) satisfaction, cheer and reasons to continue to support, promote and develop SF.
"Solution Focused Work as an Aesthetic,"
Journal of Solution Focused Practices: Vol. 3:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/journalsfp/vol3/iss1/8