Once the client has been helped to look forwards to where they want the work to take them, the worker will typically start to help them to describe, in rich, concrete detail, how they will know they have arrived there and the differences that arriving there will make. Such a description has come to be termed the client’s preferred future (Iveson, 1994), the future in which their hopes from the work have been realised. Solution-focused practitioners believe that describing such futures is a helpful step in bringing them about. Before reading further then, you might want to carry out this activity, just in case they are right!
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