chapter  4
11 Pages

How to use text messages as a dialogue tool in Solution Focused conversations

WithAnne-Marie Wulf

Today, almost everyone owns a mobile phone and knows how to send text messages. This is a type of conversation that has only existed for less than 30 years, and is one of few forms of communication where one has the opportunity to study and research it while developing it. To talk on the mobile phone or digital medias, such as chat, emails and text messages puts time and place out of order and allows communication 24/7. This way of communicating will be examined and how text messages can be used as a dialogic tool in a developing way. How is it possible to respond to messages in a useful and meaningful way for clients? Through microanalysis of text-dialogues between coach and client, the chapter demonstrates that a Solution Focused coach, through pre-mediated lexical handles and by the use of text-dialogues, can create opportunities for a client to be able to talk about themselves in a way in which shows an active, energetic and competent person with resources, strength and opportunities. By the end of the chapter, you will have an idea about how you can apply this in your practice.