When we participate in conversations that reach into the future through questions about actions that can be taken because there is a future, we participate in co-creating the future for the person with whom we are speaking. In cases of catastrophe, crisis and loss when people are uncertain about the future, this kind conversation can generate hope. Rich examples of such conversations are offered and we feel hopeful as we participate in this event through our own listening.
Yvonne Dolan is a psychotherapist and international trainer in Solution-focused Brief Therapy. She is the author of 5 books including Resolving Sexual Abuse: Solution-focused therapy and Ericksonian Hypnosis for Survivors (W.W. Norton, 1991 and co-author (with Insoo Kim Berg) of Tales of Solution: A Collection of Hope Inspiring Stories and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: It's Effective Use in Agency Settings with Teri Pichot.
Tape Running Time: 40 minutes