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Elta Boshard
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  • Marja Botha van Doorn
  • Fred Schoeman
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  • Madi Hanekom
  • Albert Morrison
  • Eniko Tegyi
  • Veronika Wuyts
  • Nedine Lennox
  • Petra Mueller-Demary
  • Monika Houck
  • Rayya Ghul
  • Stanus Cloete
  • Debbie Hogan
  • Varecia Hunter
  • Antoinette Oglethorpe

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Where are you based? (City & Country)
In which role(s) do you use SF ideas and tools? (You can pick more than one)
Leader, Coach, Consultant, Trainer
What is your website (if any)?
What is your connection to Solution Focused Work (based on Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer at BFTC Milwaukee and others)?
Been a coach, supervisor and mentor in prIvate pratice -doing Solution Focused work in organisations- since 1989
TRAINING volunteers serving in our "Community-in-Crisis" Trauma Centre how to apply S-F Practices in our work with victims of violence and crime
Supervising Social Workers (1970-1978) involved in various community development projects in the Vaal Triangle (Sharpeville) our work was squarely based on Transactional Analysis -considered a novel approach for family services in those days, especially in the rural areas! We were spontaneously dubbed "miracle-workers" by the people (clients) and communities - solely due to the change that was visible in such quick and lasting ways.

After my sons and I moved to Pretoria I first began to consult to organisations as a Certified Organisational Transactional Analyst (ITAA). Here I founded PROFACT (short for PROFessionsal in ACTion) in 1979.

In 1989 - 1990 I did my Coach Training at 3M in the USA - and here I heard of SF Brief Therapy. My curiosity drove me to reading all I could find. The concept of Solution-Focused practices -as body of knowledge- resonated with my values vision and beliefs. So when I began with post graduate studies all I wanted to do was put in "research terms" all that "miracle-workers" achieved in changing the lives of my clients for the better…

What I am most proud of / grateful for???

I completed the first transdisciplinary PhD on SF Practices by making full use of an “email” Supervising Committee and Solution-List-serves and discussion forums... that is as far as I could establish. (2003-4)

My recent research investigated the impact of change on work-life integration in the South African context – with specific reference to SF in Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Intelligences.

The love of being involved in corporate work took me to Namibia...then from Malawi to Madagascar, Middelburg to Mosselbaai, from Nelspruit to New Zealand... sadly never to a SOL-event

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At 17:02 on November 29, 2010, Paolo Terni said…
Dear Elta,
thank you for your gift!! :-))

Hope all is well,
At 11:04 on November 10, 2010, Eniko Tegyi said…
Dear Elta, yes, gladly, to me a team who are very closely together in terms of dreams and energy as well as making things actually happeb has been a key and we are making very nice progress, and the Call for contributions version of a normal Call for papers has been a very liberating invention we are very happy with, and which has elicited very positive responses...:) Just ask questions and will be glad to answer! All the best and I hope we'll see each other in Balatonfured, Eniko
At 9:12 on October 9, 2010, Marja Botha van Doorn said…
Hello Elta,

Thank you for inviting and connecting with me.

Now I must just educate myself on how to effectively use this network.

Looking forward to talking to you on Monday.

Have a fabulous weekend!
Warm regards
At 19:24 on August 22, 2010, Dominik Godat said…
Hi Elta

Thanks for connecting with me, I am honored!

Liebe Grüsse

At 10:22 on July 26, 2010, Ashraaf Fakier said…
Dankie Elta, ek waardeur jou positiewe aansporing. ons gesels wee.
At 14:41 on July 13, 2010, Madi Hanekom said…
Hi Elta
Thanks for the welcome and the excellent work, you, Stanus, the Cape Town based SF practitioners and everybody else are putting in to further advance SF in South Afica and to work towards a united approach to make SOL-SA 1 happen in 2011.
Greetings, Madi




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