Solution-Oriented Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness / Edition 1

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Overview

The idea of brief, solution-oriented therapy for severe mental illness flies in the face of conventional wisdom. But then, so does almost everything else about the psychotherapeutic approach developed by Bill O'Hanlon, coauthor of this groundbreaking book. Concepts such as forming client/therapist partnerships and creatively engaging the person beyond the illness are at radical variance with the mainstream view that disorders such as schizophrenia are completely neurobiological in nature and, hence, impervious to all but a battery of debilitating psychopharmaceuticals. Nevertheless, the long and growing record of inspiring results obtained by the authors of this book and like-minded practitioners speaks for itself. Now, in the first practical guide to solution-oriented interventions with severe mental illness, therapists Tim Rowan and Bill O'Hanlon acquaint readers with the core principles of the solution-oriented model. Also, with the help of many vivid case examples, they describe the proven strategies and techniques they have developed for treating patients suffering from severe depression, schizophrenia, and other severe, chronic, and persistent mental illnesses.

Unlike traditional psychotherapeutic models that focus on pathologies and limitations, the solution-oriented approach emphasizes health, competence, and possibilities. Its ultimate goal is to help clients learn to marshal their own resources to deal with their own problems. Consequently, the book describes several "unorthodox" methods such as mining moments of crisis for functional models; exploiting individual and family expertise with mental illness; externalization techniques for helping patients identify the effects of their illnesses and reclaim self-agency; and psycho-education for the prevention of relapses. The authors also provide helpful pointers on how to constructively manage psychotic experiences, as well as violence and the threat of suicide.

Solution-Oriented Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness will make fascinating and instructive reading for all mental health practitioners, regardless of their current theoretical slant.

A groundbreaking guide to solution-oriented interventions with severe mental illness

Solution-Oriented Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness is the first guide to applying the increasingly popular solution-oriented approach to treating mental illnesses generally considered beyond the scope of "talking cures." In a series of brief, engagingly written chapters, studded with vivid case examples, authors Tim Rowan and Bill O'Hanlon demonstrate the solution-oriented approach in action with patients suffering from severe depression, schizophrenia, and other severe, chronic, and persistent mental illnesses. You'll learn their proven techniques for dealing constructively with severely ill clients, even during moments of extreme crises, and for helping them to cultivate the internal resources needed to successfully manage their own illnesses.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Virginia Galloway, BA (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the first guide to the application of a solution-oriented approach in treating severe mental illness. With the help of instructive case examples, the book describes the core principles of the solution-oriented model.
Purpose: The authors offer a therapeutic approach that emphasizes health, competence, and possibilities instead of a traditional emphasis on pathology and limitations. It is a useful book for practitioners interested in an optimistic, practical approach to helping clients with severe mental illness.
Audience: This book is instructional for all mental health practitioners interested in developing solution-oriented therapies. O'Hanlon is one of the developers of solution-oriented therapy and Rowan has 24 years of experience with individuals suffering from severe mental illness.
Features: The authors provide a very clear and instructive presentation of solution-oriented therapy. Methods are illustrated with case examples and each chapter concludes with summary points. The book is sometimes too simplistic in describing treatment approaches for such a complex and difficult population.
Assessment: Ultimately, this book offers insight concerning the value of marshaling the resources of mental health clients in coping with their problems, thereby reclaiming self-agency.
Virginia Galloway
This is the first guide to the application of a solution-oriented approach in treating severe mental illness. With the help of instructive case examples, the book describes the core principles of the solution-oriented model. The authors offer a therapeutic approach that emphasizes health, competence, and possibilities instead of a traditional emphasis on pathology and limitations. It is a useful book for practitioners interested in an optimistic, practical approach to helping clients with severe mental illness. This book is instructional for all mental health practitioners interested in developing solution-oriented therapies. O'Hanlon is one of the developers of solution-oriented therapy and Rowan has 24 years of experience with individuals suffering from severe mental illness. The authors provide a very clear and instructive presentation of solution-oriented therapy. Methods are illustrated with case examples and each chapter concludes with summary points. The book is sometimes too simplistic in describing treatment approaches for such a complex and difficult population. Ultimately, this book offers insight concerning the value of marshaling the resources of mental health clients in coping with their problems, thereby reclaiming self-agency.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471183624
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/30/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

TIM ROWAN, MSW, is a clinical social worker and holds the position of Division Chair and Professor of Human Services at Allegany College of Maryland. He also maintains a private practice and works as a part-time consultant/therapist for the Addictions and Mental Health Centers of the Allegany County Health Department. In the past, Tim worked full-time at a state inpatient psychatric hospital and later at an outpatient mental health clinic. Tim has 24 years of experience with the people this book is about and has been an invited presenter at the Family Therapy Network Symposium.

BILL O'HANLON, MS, is one of the developers of solution-oriented therapy. He has written and lectured extensively worldwide on the application of this time-sensitive treatment model. He is also the author of Taproots: Underlying Principles of Milton Erickson's Therapy and Hypnosis; In Search of Solutions (with Michele Weiner-Davis); An Uncommon Casebook (with Angela Hexum); Rewriting Love Stories: Brief Marital Therapy (with Patricia O'Hanlon Hudson); and Even from a Broken Web (with Bob Bertolino).

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Table of Contents

A Hopeful Approach to Chronic and Severe Mental Illness.

Riding the Wave.

Rewriting Spoiled Identity Stories.

Revaluing People's Experiences.

Collaborating with Clients, Their Families, and Others in Their Social Environment.

Creating a New Vision of the Future.

Handling Dangerous and Violent Situations.

Effective and Respectful Treatment of "Borderline" Clients.

Relapse Recovery and Relapse Prevention.

General Principles for Working with Chronic and Severe Mental Illness.

Epilogue: Connections to the Work of Others.

References.

Index.

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