Solution-Focused Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders: Accountability for Change / Edition 1

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Overview

Every fifteen seconds someone commits a crime of domestic violence in the United States, and most violators will be court-mandated to receive group treatment. Outcome studies of traditional treatment programs (those with confrontational or educational approaches) indicate high rates of dropping out and low effectiveness, lending urgency to the need to find an alternative method. This book describes a cutting-edge treatment approach that creates effective, positive changes in domestic violence offenders. Solution-focused therapy focuses on holding offenders accountable and responsible for building solutions, rather than emphasizing their problems and deficits. By focusing on "solution-talk" instead of "problem-talk," clients are assisted in developing useful goals and solution behaviors that are then amplified, supported, and reinforced through a solution-building process. The book will be of great interest to professionals and graduate students in social work, psychology, and counseling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195146776
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,232,565
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, Insoo Kim Berg
1. Introduction: Accountability for Solutions
2. The Solution-Focused Assessment Interview
3. Using Group Rules, Assingments, and a Team Approach
4. Developing Useful Goals
5. Utilizing Goals in the Process of Change
6. Consolidating Change: The "Language of Success"
7. Utilizing Group Process: The "Language of Sharing"
8. Useful Assumptions and Tools
9. Working with Special Populations
10. Evaluation of the Treatment Program
11. Afterword
Appendix 1: Theoretical Perspectives of Domestic Violence
Appendix 2: Group Rules
Appendix 3: Written Assignment
References
Index

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