Solution Focused Brief Therapy 100 Key Points and Techniques

ISBN-10: 0415606136

ISBN-13: 9780415606134

Edition: 2012

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Solution Focused Brief Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniquesprovides a concise and jargon-free guide to the thinking and practice of this exciting approach, enabling people to make changes in their lives quickly and effectively. It covers:This history and background to solution focused practiceThe philosophical underpinnings of the approachDealing with difficult situationsSpecific applications to children, adolescents, families, and schoolsOrganisational applications including supervision, coaching and leadership.Frequently asked questionsThis book is an invaluable resource for all therapists and counsellors, whether in training or practice. It will also be essential for any professional whose job it is to help people make changes in their lives, and will therefore be of interest to social workers, probation officers, psychiatric staff, doctors, and teachers, as well as those working in organisations as coaches and managers.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

What is Solution Focused Brief Therapy?
The origins of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (1): Milton Erickson
Origins (2): family therapy and the Brief Therapy Center at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto
Origins (3): the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee and the birth of a new approach
The Brief Family Therapy Center: the first phase
The Brief Family Therapy Center: the second phase
Solution Focused Brief Therapy today
Philosophical underpinnings: constructivism
Philosophical underpinnings: Wittgenstein, language, and social constructionism
Assumptions in Solution Focused Brief Therapy
The client-therapist relationship
The evidence that Solution Focused Brief Therapy works
How brief is brief?
Summary: the structure of solution focused sessions
Features of Solution Focused Interviewing
Ideas about therapeutic conversation
Choosing the next question
Acknowledgement and possibility
Deciding who to meet with
Getting Started
Problem-free talk
Identifying resources
Listening with a constructive ear: what the client can do, not what they cannot do
Constructive histories
Pre-meeting change
Establishing a Contract
Finding out the client's best hopes from the work
The 'contract': a joint project
The difference between outcome and process
The 'Great Instead'
When the client's hope is beyond the therapist's remit
When the client has been sent
Building a contract with young people
When the client says 'don't know'
When the client's hopes appear to be unrealistic
What is there is a situation of risk?
When the practitioner is a gatekeeper to a resource
What if we fail to develop a joint project?
The Client's Preferred Future
Preferred futures: the 'Tomorrow Question'
Distant futures
The qualities of well-described preferred futures: the client's perspective
The qualities of well-described preferred futures: other person perspectives
Broadening and detailing
When Has it Already Happened? Instances of Success
Instances of the future already happening
No instances, no exceptions
Measuring Progress: Using Scale Questions
Scale questions: the evaluation of progress
Designating the '0' on the scale
Different scales
Successes in the past
What is good enough?
Moving up the scale
Signs or steps
What if the client says they are at '0'?
When the client's rating seems unrealistic
Coping Questions: When Times are Tough
Handling difficult situations, including bereavement
Stopping things from getting worse
Ending Sessions
Thinking pause
Acknowledgement and appreciation
Making suggestions
Making the next appointment
Conducting Follow-Up Sessions
What is better?
Amplifying the progress made
Strategy questions
Identity questions
When the client says things are the same
When the client says things are worse
Ending The Work
Maintaining progress
What if there is no progress?
Assessment and Safeguarding
Children, Families, Schools, and Groupwork
Family work
Scales in family work
Couples work
In the school
Schools: individual work
Schools: the WOWW project
Work with Adults
Learning difficulties
Substance misuse
Mental health
Trauma and abuse
Supervision, Coaching, and Organizational Applications
Team supervision
Team coaching
Frequently Asked Questions
Isn't it just a positive approach?
Isn't it just papering over the cracks?
It doesn't deal with emotions
Isn't it just a strengths-based approach?
What account does it take of culture?
Isn't it just a form of problem-solving?
It's a formulaic approach
Can it be used with other approaches?
Self-help SFBT
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