Some Stories are Better than Others: Doing What Works in Brief Therapy and Managed Care / Edition 1

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There are stories that we use to explain what happened to us twenty years ago or last wee, those we use to explain why the world works the way it does, and those that we sue to "fix" the world when it doesn't work the way other stories said it should. And as the author points out in this collection of essays and interviews, some of these stories are better than others. This book is an investigation into which might be the better stories and how they can help clients reach their goals in therapy. This book contains fifteen essays and interviews written or co-written by Michael Hoyt. The collection represents Dr. Hoyt's recent thinking on helping clients with the brief, future-orientated therapeutic approaches.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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In 15 essays and interviews, Hoyt (psychology, U. of California-San Francisco) uses the theoretical lens of narrative construction to discuss various issues regarding constructive therapies, brief treatment, and some of the promises and problems of managed care. Fundamentally he argues that how clients make stories of their experience does much to determine what they see and what they do not. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583910412
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/15/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents



1. It's Not My Therapy--It's the Client's Therapy
2. A Golfer's Guide to Brief Therapy (With Footnotes for Baseball Fans)
3. Some Stories Are Better Than Others: A Postmodern Pastiche
4. Likely Future Trends and Attendant Ethical Concerns Regarding Managed Mental Health Care
5. Dilemmas of Postmodern Practice Under Managed Care and Some Pragmatics for Increasing the Likelihood of Treatment Authorization with Steven Friedman
6. Interview I: Brief Therapy and Managed Care with Jon Matthew Carlson
7. Interview II: Autologue: Reflections on Brief Therapy, Social Constructionism, and Managed Care
8. Solution-Focused Couple Therapy: Helping Clients Construct Self-Fulfilling Realities
9. Solution-ku
10. A Single-Session Therapy Retold: Evolving and Restoried Understandings
11. What Can We Learn From Milton Erickson's Therapeutic Failures?
12. Unmuddying the Waters: A "Common Ground" Conference
13. The Joy of Narrative: An Exercise for Learning From Our Internalized Clients with David Nylund
14. Stage-Appropriate Change-Oriented Brief Therapy Strategies with Scott D. Miller
15. The Last Session in Brief Therapy: Why and How to Say "When"

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