Narrative Solutions in Brief Therapy / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In this timely book, Joe Eron and Tom Lund offer one of the most sensible, smoothly written accounts of how to do effective psychotherapy I've ever read. In an easy to read writing style, they show how to talk with people having problems in ways that generate solutions. Their teachable approach is grounded in sound theory and technique, leading the reader step-by-step through the exciting process of change. It doesn't matter what label you attach to your way of thinking about how to be helpful to the client--if you want to be the best therapist you can be in these cost conscious times, this book is a must read." --Insoo Kim Berg, M.S.W., author of How to Interview for Client Strengths

"At a time when busy professionals are inundated with new materials, yet hungry to acquire fresh knowledge and effective skills--this unique book appears. The authors have produced an excellent text which clearly depicts the essence of the Narrative Solutions Approach. Its concise integration of the brief therapies and comprehensive case material render it essential reading for active therapists working with all ages. This book is a must for both graduate students and professionals in clinical practice who are serious about being effective in treatment." --Frank M. Dattilio, Ph.D., ABPP, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

"If you were able to buy only one professional book this year then you would want Eron and Lund's Narrative Solutions in Brief Therapy. In clear, concise, and comprehensive language, these authors help the reader incorporate recent innovations from the field of narrative therapy into their daily clinical work. Consistent with the narrative tradition, Eron and Lund do not disparage but rather build upon the foundation and accomplishments of other psychotherapy traditions. The result is a practical, timely volume that transcends the schoolism that so frequently accompanies the arrival of new treatment approaches. Readers, whatever their particular therapeutic orientation, will find this book helpful in enabling them to have more helpful conversations with their clients." --Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., Editor, Brief Therapy

"Eron & Lund have done a marvelous job of bringing together the best of traditional individual and family systems therapy with the latest post-modern, collaborative approaches. Their approach is clear, practical and effective. It is respectful of psychodynamic and biological views, while offering an entirely new way to proceed with the knowledge that derives from those views. Handily, it also fits with the pressing need these days to do therapy briefly, even with chronic and severe problems. The case examples bring the approach to life in this well-written book. This book represents an important step forward for therapy. Highly recommended." --Bill O'Hanlon, MS, coauthor of ten books, including In Search of Solutions, A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy, Love is a Verb, and Solution-Oriented Hypnosis

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
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.
From The Critics
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.
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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572304208
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Guilford Family Therapy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.83 (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.

Thomas W. Lund, PsyD, has practiced for many years as a school and child psychologist and is codirector of CFI. He has published (with Joseph Eron) a chapter and several articles on their narrative solutions approach, and has presented at conferences and workshops internationally. In addition to training psychotherapists, he teaches clergy, teachers, caseworkers in children's services, and others in the art of conducting helpful conversations.

Joseph B. Eron, PsyD, and Thomas W. Lund, PsyD, are codirectors of the Catskill Family Institute, Kingston, New York, of which Dr. Eron is the founder. They have coauthored numerous articles on their unique narrative solutions approach, and each has presented and trained internationally.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
1. The 1970s and 1980s: An Emphasis on Action
2. From MRI to CFI: Linking Meaning and Action
3. The 1990s: An Emphasis on Meaning
4. Toward a Theory of Problem Construction
5. The Strategy of Conversation, Part I: Approaching the Therapeutic Conversation
6. The Strategy of Conversation, Part II: Steps to Assessment
7. The Strategy of Conversation, Part III: Steps to Narrative Solutions
8. Retelling Children's Stories: Part I
9. Retelling Children's Stories: Part II
11. Leaving Parents, Finding Partners: Narrative Solutions with Young Adults
12. The Power of Untold Stories: The Case of Sammy's Secret
13. As Time Goes By: Conversations with Adults in Distress
14. When Things Get Complicated, Part I: A Collaborative Solution
15. When Things Get Complicated, Part II: Mandated Therapeutic Conversations
16. Back to the Future
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