Solution-Focused Brief Therapy : Its Effective Use in Agency Settings / Edition 1

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Re-energize your practice! Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Its Effective Use in Agency Settings chronicles the lessons learned when a substance abuse counseling program switches its theoretical orientation from problem-focused to solution-focused. The book details the technical aspects of the changeover (theory, techniques, interventions, politics, and team design) as well as the personal struggles the team endured and the successes they enjoyed. It demonstrates how solution-focused therapy can be applied to both clinical and administrative work while addressing questions and concerns, providing general information and help in understanding the subtleties and idiosyncrasies of the treatment. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a practical, step-by-step guide to individual and group solution-focused therapy, presenting a new and effective method of working with clients that re-energizes therapists and benefits administrators and clinical supervisors. The book provides clear descriptions of basic interventions and philosophy, highlights points of contrast with more traditional approaches, examines the principles behind the "Miracle Question," and demonstrates how to integrate relapse prevention, help clients maintain therapeutic gains, and communicate effectively with colleagues who represent different philosophies. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy provides a thorough understanding of solution-focused therapy through the use of: case studies interviews with therapists sample forms tables and much more! Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Its Effective Use in Agency Settings is ideal for professionals interested in implementing solution-focused therapy into individual, group, or agency settings, including child protection agencies, community mental health clinics, private practices, sexual abuse programs, substance abuse treatment, family based services, and academics working in substance abuse counseling, social work, psychology, and gen

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Reviewer:Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description:The book introduces solution-focused brief therapy, developed in the early 1980's by Steve deShazer, as an alternative therapy to problem-focused treatment, which includes many different traditional orientations.
Purpose:According to the authors, ""we also wanted to provide our colleagues with access to some of the very practical aspects of using the solution-focused approach that Teri (one of the authors) and her team learned from working with multiproblem, court-mandated clients day in and day out in a community-based agency setting."" The book meets these worthy objectives.
Audience:According to the foreword (by Insoo Kim Berg), although written for professionals working in substance abuse treatment programs, this book is a ""useful resource for workers in many other programs, such as community mental health centers, residential treatment programs, day care facilities, schools, halfway houses, and many other human services providers and their agencies. I also recommend this book to program managers and consultants."" I agree with the target audience, though I think graduate students in clinical psychology would also benefit from this book. The authors are credible authorities in the subject matter of the book.
Features:The book contains the theory behind solution-focused therapy and shows how it is applied in individual and group settings, providing many case examples. The book goes to great lengths to show how solution-focused therapy differs from problem-focused therapy. It is a very practical guide to this relatively new treatment approach. Itseems to be based in the positive psychology movement, looking for strengths to build upon rather than trying to correct problems. It is very readable and the authors' arguments are quite compelling.
Assessment:I really enjoyed learning about this new treatment modality. It can be applied fairly easily to clients and it makes sense intuitively. The authors challenge the reader to see treatment from a different perspective than many of the traditional, problem-focused therapies. After reading this book, I believe they have something very important to contribute to our knowledge of curative factors in individual and group therapies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789015549
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Haworth Marriage and the Family Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 1,274,156
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Why Change an Entire Agency’s Focus to Solution-Focused Therapy?
  • What to Expect from This Book
  • Chapter 1. The Solution-Focused Basics
  • Solution-Focused Therapy Basics
  • The Miracle Question
  • Exception Questions
  • A Brief History of Scaling
  • Scaling Questions
  • Difference Questions
  • Relationship Questions
  • Compliments As Interventions
  • The Rewards of Becoming Solution Focused
  • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Individual Session Road Map
  • Chips on Their Shoulders
  • Individual Session Map
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Solution-Focused Groups
  • The Effects of Clients’ Past Problem-Oriented Group Experiences
  • Group Session Map
  • The Importance of Cotherapy in Groups
  • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Many Miracles: Adaptations and Applications of the Miracle Question
  • Beware of the Perils of Problem Solving
  • Principles Behind the Miracle Question
  • Applying the Miracle Question Elements
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Sustaining the Miracle
  • Changing the Focus
  • Emergency Roadside Repair Kit
  • Relapse Prevention with Reluctant Clients
  • When to Use the Emergency Roadside Repair Kit
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6. "This Is Stupid, I Don’t Need This, and I Don’t Want to Be Here": Working with Adolescents
  • The Paradoxical Population
  • Challenging Our Old Assumptions About Adolescents
  • Limit Setting and the Solution-Focused Approach
  • Relational Questions with Adolescents
  • Relational Questions As a Way to Work with Families
  • Scaling and Therapeutic Analogies to Kindle Hope
  • Working with Younger Children
  • Summary
  • Chapter 7. The Art of Speaking "French": Interagency Diplomacy
  • Working with Other Professionals
  • Solution-Focused Case Management
  • Identifying Evidence of a Client’s Potential for Success
  • Solution-Focused Treatment Plans
  • Termination
  • How Client Charts Can be Helpful to Solution-Focused Therapists
  • Viewing Governing Agencies As Clients
  • Summary
  • Chapter 8. Solution-Focused Supervision: Leading from One Step Behind
  • Why Do Solution-Focused Supervision?
  • Adapting Solution-Focused Skills to a Supervisory Context
  • The Practical Structure of Solution-Focused Supervision
  • Principles for Initiating Solution-Focused Supervision in an Established Agency
  • Getting Staff to Stay
  • Summary
  • Chapter 9. Maintaining the Team’s Miracle: Observations from Our Solution-Focused Team
  • The Impact of Our Supervision
  • Team Norms
  • Maintaining the Team Miracle
  • Summary
  • Chapter 10. Case Examples of Clients Who Changed Their Lives and Our Way of Working
  • A Case of Quiet Rebellion
  • Jim
  • Tracy
  • Julie
  • Connie
  • Kerry
  • Elaine
  • Summary
  • Epilogue: The Parable of the Nomads
  • Appendix. Reflections from Our Solution-Focused Treatment Team
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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