The First Session in Brief Therapy

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In all models of therapy, the initial interview is a significant component: It sets the tone, structure, direction, and foundation of treatment. In brief therapy, the opening moves are even more important because there is less time later to correct errors or change direction. This volume provides practitioners with an up-close view of exactly what expert brief therapists do at the beginning of treatment and why they do it. Each author describes his or her particular orientation, presents annotated transcripts of ...
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Overview

In all models of therapy, the initial interview is a significant component: It sets the tone, structure, direction, and foundation of treatment. In brief therapy, the opening moves are even more important because there is less time later to correct errors or change direction. This volume provides practitioners with an up-close view of exactly what expert brief therapists do at the beginning of treatment and why they do it. Each author describes his or her particular orientation, presents annotated transcripts of actual initial sessions, and responds to pointed questions from the editors about their cases.

Following an introduction by the editors, the first section of the book covers initial sessions in therapies for individuals. These include the rational-emotive approach, a one-session intervention, an interpersonal psychodynamic model, neurolinguistic programming, and the I-D-E (interpersonal-developmental-existential) approach. Beginning cognitive-behavioral therapy with depressed or drug abusing adolescents is covered, and a directive approach strongly influenced by the work of Milton Erickson is presented.

The next section addresses methods and strategies for working with couples and families. Chapters on marital therapy cover an integrative approach that combines an intra- and interpersonal focus in marital therapy, a cognitive-behavioral approach that is based on principles of social learning and social exchange theory, emotionally focused therapy, and an approach that utilizes reflective conversation. A solution-oriented model, "the possibility paradigm," for helping families amplify their strengths is delineated, as is a strategic MRI-style model for working with an individual family member, and a structural approach for creating familial change.

Case studies from different methodologies/approaches illustrate what takes place in initial sessions & why.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In today's world of managed care when many therapists are looking for a brief therapy approach they can feel comfortable with, this book is perfect....It is also an excellent choice for undergraduate and graduate courses." --John L. Walter, Consultations, Chicago

"The First Session in Brief Therapy is an exciting, lively hands-on learning experience. Grounded in scholarly, well-documented theoretical concepts, peppered with case material and question-answer dialogue with experienced therapists, it will be a valuable tool for mental health clinicians of all disciplines in any treatment setting....When you read this book you will feel as if you have had an hour of expert clinical supervision from many of the best teachers in the field of brief therapy." --Judith L. Feldman, M.D., Harvard Community Health Plan

Journal of Family Psychotherapy

"In today's world of managed care, where many therapists are looking for a brief therapy approach they can feel comfortable with, this book is perfect....Also an excellent choice for undergraduate and graduate courses."--Journal of Family Psychotherapy
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Provides practitioners with a personal view of exactly what experienced brief therapists do at the beginning of treatment and why they do it. Each author describes his or her particular orientation, presents annotated transcripts of actual initial sessions, and responds to pointed questions from the editors about the cases. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898621389
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/7/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,432,844
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Simon H. Budman, PhD, Innovative Training Systems, Newton, MA, and Harvard Medical School
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 First Words on Fit Sessions 3
Individual Approaches
Introduction to Individual Brief Therapy Approaches 9
Ch. 2 Neuro-Linguistic Programming 14
Ch. 3 Brief Therapy: The Rational-Emotive Approach 36
Ch. 4 Planned Single-Session Therapy 59
Ch. 5 Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy 87
Ch. 6 A Time-Sensitive Model of Brief Therapy: The I-D-E Approach 111
Ch. 7 Launching Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Depression and Drug Abuse 135
Ch. 8 Therapy with Direction 156
Couple and Family Approaches
Introduction to Couple and Family Brief Therapy Approaches 183
Ch. 9 Integrative Marital Therapy: A Time-Sensitive Model for Working with Couples 186
Ch. 10 Emotionally Focused Therapy: Restructuring Attachment 204
Ch. 11 A Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Marital Dysfunction and Marital Therapy 225
Ch. 12 Reflecting Conversations in the Initial Consultation 255
Ch. 13 Constructing Solutions (Stories) in Brief Family Therapy 282
Ch. 14 Brief Therapy - MRI Style 306
Ch. 15 The Black Sheep of the Family: A Structural Approach to Brief Therapy 324
Conclusion
Ch. 16 Last Words on First Sessions 345
Index 359
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