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Narrative Solutions in Brief Therapy
     

Narrative Solutions in Brief Therapy

by Joseph B. Eron, Thomas W. Lund, J. B. Eron
 

This volume presents a unique and powerful approach developed by Joseph B. Eron and Thomas W. Lund that combines the best elements of the strategic and narrative traditions in family therapy. The brief therapy detailed in these pages is one with depth and purpose, designed to take advantage of the broad spectrum of life experience in building solutions. A hands-on

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This volume presents a unique and powerful approach developed by Joseph B. Eron and Thomas W. Lund that combines the best elements of the strategic and narrative traditions in family therapy. The brief therapy detailed in these pages is one with depth and purpose, designed to take advantage of the broad spectrum of life experience in building solutions. A hands-on guide, the book explains in close detail how problems develop from the mishandling of ordinary life events, and how to map problem cycles, reframe problems with respect, and find simple and elegant solutions. Beyond this, Eron and Lund describe how people in distress lose track of who they are and wish to be, and how alternative constructions of their problems, embedded in conversation, are linked to solutions.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Mary P. Avellone, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a presentation of a communication-based family therapy called the narrative solutions approach.
Purpose: The first three chapters present the development of the narrative solutions approach from its theoretical roots, citing early contributors. The next four present the authors' understanding about how problems evolve and how to help families reach narrative solutions. Five chapters present and discuss cases. The final two address particularly difficult situations such as mandated treatment. The authors objectives are"to present the integrative approach to psychotherapy developed over the past 15 years at the Catskill Family Institute," which focuses on how people overcome problems.
Audience: The authors do not explicitly declare the audience to whom their work is directed. Although the title does not make reference to family therapy, it could be reasonably assumed that is it directed to practicing family therapists. Both authors are clinical psychologists doing child and family therapy for more than 20 years. Both have published in journals, written chapters, and presented workshops on narrative solutions approaches to therapy.
Features: Overall, the book is appealing and customary in appearance. The book ends with a three-page reference list citing primarily books. Approximately 11 % of the references were published in the 1990s. The 10-page author/subject index appears to be adequately detailed. Case dialog is presented like a play's script, making it easy to read. Boxes graphically illustrate concepts clearly, and tables summarize material well.
Assessment: The book is a useful augmentation to the arsenal of books for family therapists. Developments in family therapy tend to be associated with specific charismatic practitioners, disseminated primarily in seminars and workshops rather than in scholarly journals or books. That fact makes this well-presented book a welcome addition.
Journal of Family Psychotherapy
"In each chapter the authors present segments of actual client-therapist dialogue to show the reader exactly how to develop narrative solutions....Can be enjoyed by the beginning therapist as well as the more seasoned practitioner."—Journal of Family Psychotherapy
Contemporary Psychology
"The integrative approach described here and illustrated through detailed case studies offers practical guidance for clinicians who seek to balance a brief therapeutic approach while still incorporating some of the most significant and universal life questions that underlie distress."—Contemporary Psychology
3 Stars from Doody
Mary P. Avellone
This book is a presentation of a communication-based family therapy called the narrative solutions approach. The first three chapters present the development of the narrative solutions approach from its theoretical roots, citing early contributors. The next four present the authors' understanding about how problems evolve and how to help families reach narrative solutions. Five chapters present and discuss cases. The final two address particularly difficult situations such as mandated treatment. The authors objectives areto present the integrative approach to psychotherapy developed over the past 15 years at the Catskill Family Institute, which focuses on how people overcome problems. The authors do not explicitly declare the audience to whom their work is directed. Although the title does not make reference to family therapy, it could be reasonably assumed that is it directed to practicing family therapists. Both authors are clinical psychologists doing child and family therapy for more than 20 years. Both have published in journals, written chapters, and presented workshops on narrative solutions approaches to therapy. Overall, the book is appealing and customary in appearance. The book ends with a three-page reference list citing primarily books. Approximately 11 % of the references were published in the 1990s. The 10-page author/subject index appears to be adequately detailed. Case dialog is presented like a play's script, making it easy to read. Boxes graphically illustrate concepts clearly, and tables summarize material well. The book is a useful augmentation to the arsenal of books for family therapists. Developments in family therapy tend to be associated withspecific charismatic practitioners, disseminated primarily in seminars and workshops rather than in scholarly journals or books. That fact makes this well-presented book a welcome addition.
Booknews
The authors explain an original approach to brief therapy combining the best elements of strategic and narrative traditions in family therapy, demonstrating how problems develop from the mishandling of ordinary life events and how to reframe problems and find solutions. Case examples illustrate how to talk with children and their parents, work with young adults on the verge of leaving home, and use the past as a resource when working with adults. For psychotherapists working with individuals and families, and for graduate courses in therapy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572301269
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/02/1996
Series:
Guilford Family Therapy Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph B. Eron, PsyD, is founder and codirector of the Catskill Family Institute (CFI). An experienced clinical psychologist, he has contributed several chapters on brief family therapy, coauthored (with Thomas Lund) numerous articles on CFI's unique narrative solutions approach, and presented and trained internationally.

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