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Interviewing for Solutions

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Authors Peter De Jong and Insoo Kim Berg present an interviewing skills text with a unique solution-focused approach. This unique approach views clients as competent, helps them to visualize the changes they want, and builds on what they are already doing that works. Throughout the book, the authors' present models for solution-focused work, illustrated by examples and supported by research.
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Overview

Authors Peter De Jong and Insoo Kim Berg present an interviewing skills text with a unique solution-focused approach. This unique approach views clients as competent, helps them to visualize the changes they want, and builds on what they are already doing that works. Throughout the book, the authors' present models for solution-focused work, illustrated by examples and supported by research.
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Helps counselors develop solution-building skills for client interviews, focusing on client competence and working with clients collaboratively. Models for solution-focused work are illustrated by case examples and extensive excerpts from actual interviews. Numerous interviewing protocols and other tools for use with clients are provided, as well as forms and questionnaires. A video tape is available with this second edition. This edition also contains a new chapter on interviewing in involuntary situations and added material on solution building with involuntary clients and clients in crisis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534350215
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 262

Meet the Author

Peter De Jong, Ph.D., is a professor of social work at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been an outpatient therapist, case worker, and led trainings and consultations with mental health clinics, family service agencies, juvenile corrections programs, and schools. In addition to co-authoring (with Insoo Kim Berg) two earlier editions of INTERVIEWING FOR SOLUTIONS, he has written several articles and book chapters on solution-focused therapy. Peter continues to develop new practice tools and therapy and training manuals, and to conduct research on practice and how new practitioners acquire a solution-focused outlook and skills.

Insoo Kim Berg, M.S.S.W. is a co-developer of the solution-focused approach and is the director of the Brief Family Therapy Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Many of her 10 books and over 35 papers have been translated into 14 languages. Among her books are FAMILY BASED SERVICES, WORKING WITH THE PROBLEM DRINKER (co-author Scott D. Miller), BUILDING SOLUTIONS IN CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES (co-author Susan Kelly), and CHILDREN'S SOLUTION WORK (co-author Therese Steiner). Insoo lectures across North America, Europe, Scandinavia, and Pacific Rim countries and consults with organizations and various government agencies.

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Table of Contents

1. From Problem Solving to Solution Building. 2. Solution Building: The Basics. 3. Skills for Not Knowing. 4. Getting Started: How to Pay Attention to What the Client Wants. 5. How to Amplify What Clients Want: The Miracle Question. 6. Exploring for Exceptions: Building on Client Strengths and Successes. 7. Formulating Feedback for Clients. 8. Later Sessions: Finding, Amplifying, and Measuring Client Progress. 9. Interviewing the Involuntary: Children, Dyads, and Mandated Clients. 10. Interviewing in Crisis Situations. 11. Outcomes. 12. Professional Values and Human Diversity. 13. Agency, Group, and Community Practice. 14. Theoretical Implications. References. Appendix.
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