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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.