Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

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The one-of-a-kind book that provides training exercises illustrating solution-focused brief therapy!

As we recognize our own problem behavior in our lives, most of us struggle for ways to change it. Solution-focused brief therapy is the highly effective practice that works by changing concentration from ’problem’ behavior to ’solution’ behavior in just a few sessions. Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy presents articles, essays, and a multitude of exercises...

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Overview

The one-of-a-kind book that provides training exercises illustrating solution-focused brief therapy!

As we recognize our own problem behavior in our lives, most of us struggle for ways to change it. Solution-focused brief therapy is the highly effective practice that works by changing concentration from ’problem’ behavior to ’solution’ behavior in just a few sessions. Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy presents articles, essays, and a multitude of exercises that explain this unique type of therapy with an eye toward helping readers to use the ideas for use in their own training and practice. Detailed descriptions of training workshops and exercises spotlight the experiences of SFBT therapists to illuminate in-depth basic concepts and strategies.

Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy relies on two fundamental ideas, that of a therapist discovering and reinforcing a clients’ existing solutions and exceptions to the problem. Expert trainers discuss strategies that work for training and practicing Solution-focused brief therapy. Several exercises for clients are examined, as well as exercises for the training and supervision of other practitioners learning the process. Exercises include The Name Game, the Complaining Exercise, Inside and Outside, the ’Deck of Trumps,’ and the Solution-Focused Scavenger Hunt. Each chapter explains the circumstances in which to use each exercise, the best ways to enhance effectiveness, and how to stay on track in the teaching or training. This one-of-a-kind book includes helpful tables, thorough questionnaires, penetrating case studies, and each chapter is extensively referenced.

Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy discusses brief therapy principles such as:

  • negotiating goals
  • engagement through complimenting
  • future orientation
  • language should be imaginative and positive
  • explanations and actions taken to solve problems are interconnected
  • challenging the perceived causes of problems
  • reframing the problem so that it becomes a friend
  • acknowledgement and acceptance of client
Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy brings together essential ideas, suggestions, strategies, and exercises for solution-focused brief therapy training, making this an invaluable resource for solution-focused brief therapists and therapists who teach and train this form of therapy.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the birth of the solution-focused brief therapy association 1
The founders' meetings 5
Reflection on SFBTA involvement 7
A student's response to the SFBT training meetings : the future looks bright 11
Solution-focused group therapy 17
Working with multiple stakeholders 23
A thumbnail map for solution-focused brief therapy 27
NGP triangle exercise 35
'Voices' : an exercise in developing solution-focused conversations with the mentally ill 39
Negotiating goals in conjoint therapy : from virtual to actual practice 43
Engagement through complimenting 51
Openers 59
The name game 61
Moan, moan, moan 63
Complaining exercise 65
Eat just one raisin 67
Inside and outside 71
Pathologies to descriptions : moving from problem to solution DSM (diagnostic solution method) 73
The disease concept and SFT : difference in action 75
Listening and constructing with timeouts 79
Ever appreciating circles 83
Success and failure 85
Curious questioning 87
Harry's magic square 89
"Deck of trumps" - one of the ways for being helpful to clients and professionals in becoming as they want to be! 91
Playing trumps scenario : one of many possibilities! 103
Scaling in action 107
A scaling walk 111
Notes from Rayya 113
The state of miracles in relationships 115
"Picturing the future" exercise 119
A solution-focused group message 123
Solution-focused scavenger hunt 127
Group gift exercise 131
Exercise of appreciation 135
Solution-focused shopping 137
Clinical training in solution-focused therapy 143
Three case studies 149
Five small-group exercises for experiential learning of SFBT 155
Brief training in brief therapies 159
Doing something different 163
Introducing solution-focused thinking : a half-day workshop 169
Solution-focused training for social workers 177
Becoming solution-focused : some beginning thoughts 189
Success enhancing supervision 199
Solution-focused supervision : returning the focus to client goals 223
The listen and describe approach to training in solution-focused brief therapy 229
Creating a different reality : expanding points of view 253
Teaching practice via success stories 257
Solution-focused practice teaching in social work 263
Thoughts from a solution-focused supervisor 277
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