Working with the Problem Drinker: A Solution-Focused Approach / Edition 1

Working with the Problem Drinker: A Solution-Focused Approach / Edition 1

by Insoo Kim Berg, Scott D. Miller, Insoo Berg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393701344

ISBN-13: 9780393701340

Pub. Date: 06/17/1992

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

At a time when the accepted standard treatment for alcoholism is long-term and expensive, solution-focused therapy, as developed at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, offers a brief and cost-effective alternative. Insoo Kim Berg and Scott D. Miller believe that a focus on solutions, rather than pathology, is the most constructive strategy for working with…  See more details below

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At a time when the accepted standard treatment for alcoholism is long-term and expensive, solution-focused therapy, as developed at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, offers a brief and cost-effective alternative. Insoo Kim Berg and Scott D. Miller believe that a focus on solutions, rather than pathology, is the most constructive strategy for working with problem drinkers; their foremost concern is with what works. To this end they don't reject traditional treatment programs; rather, they view them as one part of a flexible and multidimensional approach to alcohol abuse treatment. The authors successfully utilize solution-focused therapy in their work with problem drinkers, but it is their philosophy of working with clients--and within clients' belief systems--to encourage change that is at the heart of their model. The model, grounded in the philosophy of solution-focused brief therapy, introduces a paradigmatic change in the approach to substance abuse treatment. Rather than treating a problem drinker, Berg and Miller work with clients to treat problem drinking. The authors' refreshing blend of respect for their clients and optimism about their ability to stop abusive drinking offers hope to clients who can't fit into traditional long-term programs or who have given up on themselves. This book shows how clients can be helped to construct a future where drinking or substance abuse is no longer a problem. Solution-focused therapy, based on respect for and collaboration with the client, concentrates on success and solutions. Therapists develop goals with the client, rather than imposing "appropriate" treatment objectives. If one solution doesn't work, the technique--not theclient--is blamed and client and therapist go on to "do something different." The authors' model is much more than a list of interventions; it is a multi-faceted approach to treatment, which can adapt to anything that works, whether brief therapy, A.A., or more formal inpatient pro

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393701340
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/17/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
926,389
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
A Personal Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Sobering Dilemma
1Principles and Assumptions1
2Developing Cooperative Client-Therapist Relationships18
3"Well-Formed" Treatment Goals32
4Negotiating and Cooperating: Goals and the Client-Therapist Relationship45
5Orienting Toward Solution: How to Interview for a Change68
6The Components, Types, and Delivery of Treatment Interventions94
7Strategies for Maintaining and Enhancing Progress128
8Mr. Meeks's Miracle Day149
9Square Peg in a Round Hole188
Epilogue: Looking Forward202
References203
Index211

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