Northwest Brief Therapy Training Center
Useful Language Skills
Conversation partner’s key words
Suppose . . .
What difference would it make?
Is (was) it different for you?
What would you (he, she, they) do instead?
You must have a good reasons to . . .
e.g. How will (others) tell there has been a positive change?
How helpful is that? How would that be helpful?
Tentative language (collaborative stance)
Responsibility for change vs blame for mistakes
Self-compliments vs. praise
(Copyright: Insoo Kim Berg, 1999/NWBTTC, 2007)
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