The First Session in Brief Therapy

The First Session in Brief Therapy

by Simon H. Budman
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898621389
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/07/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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

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