Principles of the Yucelmethod

Principles of the Yucelmethod

Principles of the Yucelmethod

The core of the Yucelmethod is quick to explain and easy to understand. The follow-up is less easy. Being able to explain the principles is very different practicing them with clients. This calls for a carefully constructed training.

The use of the method with the client requires:

  1. A certain vision (own strength and power of network can offer solutions)
  2. A certain attitude (assume own strength, not an assisting attitude but more of a not knowing, facilitative attitude)
  3. Specific prior knowledge (experience in working with the strength genogram, strength ecogram, systemized thinking, recovery thinking, a problem solving way of thinking, communication theory)
  4. A certain way of conversing (externalizing, questioning)
  5. Favorable circumstances

We will elaborate on these points below.

1. Vision
The vision implies that in most cases the person asking for help is doing so from their own strength, and that they can solve any problems together with their network. His/her own strength includes things like skills, character, faith, pets, medication, nature. The Yucelmethod helps them to do this themselves. It is not intended that the supporter devises or suggests solutions. This proves to be very difficult in practice. Our vision is still often that people and systems can’t do it by themselves. This is really a matter of vision: perhaps there is the need for a psychiatrist, but that is only addressed when the client themselves decide to seek help from a psychiatrist. We then say, "He has solved the problem himself." From another point of view, you could say: "You see, he couldn’t solve the problem by himself."

2. Attitude
The attitude requires a change in thinking: not aiding but helping people use their own strength. In order to practice this well, exercise is a must. The sponsor is a temporary assistant who helps the person seeking help determine a possible solution themselves. It turns out to be very difficult for supporters to actually help applicants think of solutions by themselves and encourage them doing so, due to supporters often having ideas for a good solution or a direction towards one based on their knowledge. Asking the right questions is very important: how did the person deal with the problems in his life in the past? Which people and what personal strengths could help him out?

3. Prior knowledge
In order to properly fulfill the role of temporary supporter, actual experience in working with the strength genogram, strength ecogram, systemized thinking, recovery thinking, a problem solving way of thinking, and communication theory are needed. It's about experience, not just theoretical knowledge.

4. A certain way of conversing
Externalization is very important and should be practised. It begins with the question: for which issue are you looking for a solution. By externalizing the problem you ensure that you can view it more objectively and therefore you can come up with a solution or decision more easily. Often, playing down the problem and saying it's not all that bad or that it's not as bad as it seems won’t help. It’s better not to make the problem smaller (or larger) than it is, but to look the problem in the eye, so that you can come up with a suitable solution. Experience in externalizing is very important within the Yucelmethod. Equally important are certain techniques of questioning like own strength-promoting questions, coping questions, contextual questions, solution-focused questions.

5. Favorable conditions
For those who are going to work with the technique, some forms of support are needed. There should be a quiet space with a complete set of materials (blocks, labels, camera). The interview should take place at times and places that suit the person asking for help well (eg, at home, in the evening, suddenly sequentially). The novice might encounter problems and has to be able to ask an expert for advice. Intervision can also be helpful.