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

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The book contains fifteen essays and interviews written or cowritten by Michael Hoyt. The collection represents Dr. Hoyt's recent thinking on helping clients with brief, future-oriented therapeutic approaches. Exploring a variety of postmodern, social constructionist, and solution-focused ideas in therapy, these essays try to offer ideas and reflections on doing what works to improve mental helath.

They also address the theoretical, practical, and ethical challenges produced by the managed care environment, giving the reader guidance in an area that is often confusing and, at times, alarming. Drawing on sports metaphors, literature, and movies, Dr. Hoyt offers a profound look at many of brief theapy's most pressing problems in an accessible package. Its depth of analysis, comprehensive coverage of brief therapy, and cutting-edge theory of future-oriented therapeutic approaches make this collection a vital resource for all mental health professionals wrestling with time-limited treatment options in or out of managed care.

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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