Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy: A Strengths-Based Approach

Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy: A Strengths-Based Approach

by Collie W. Conoley, Michael J. Scheel

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Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy (GFPP) is the first comprehensive approach to strength-oriented therapy that fully incorporates positive psychology principles. This book provides instruction for therapists and students wishing to learn a strength-oriented mindset and the necessary skills. GFPP consists of four hallmarks: (1) formation of approach goals; (2) identification and use of client strengths; (3) promotion of positive emotions and experiences; and (4) building hope. Unique to psychotherapy, the theory of change uses Frederickson's Broaden-and-Build Theory of positive emotions. A three-year study is presented that provides evidence of GFPP's outcome effectiveness and GFPP's superiority in supporting therapists building therapeutic alliances with clients.

The book describes the therapeutic techniques and positive psychology interventions including positive empathy, capitalization, best possible self, success-finding, encouragement, self-affirmation, mindfulness, miracle and scaling questions, and self-compassion. The primary emphasis of GFPP is to promote happiness, health, and well-being in clients, in contrast to the emphasis of traditional therapy approaches on problem symptom alleviation. The assumption is that clients who benefit by increasing their well-being will be equipped to address problems in their life that inevitably arise. Training and supervision methods are suggested and a supervision model is provided. The information is integrated and illustrated with a chapter of case examples from four GFPP therapists. Readers learn that client problems are not ignored but balanced with an emphasis on positive issues that use the client's strengths and enhance the client's hope. GFPP will appeal to counseling, clinical, and school psychologists, as well as counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, life coaches, and students in all these fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190681722
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/23/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Collie W. Conoley, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Director of the Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Center at University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to academe, he has worked in community mental health, private practice, inpatient hospital, day treatment center, and university counseling center. His research interests include positive psychology, psychotherapy process and outcome research, multicultural psychology as well as individual, couple and family psychology.

Michael J. Scheel, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Director of Training of the UNL graduate program in counseling psychology. He is the associate editor of The Counseling Psychologist and an APA Fellow of Division 17. He was the 2014 recipient of the Shane Lopez Distinguished Contributions to Positive Psychology Award and the 2016 Outstanding Training Director Award. His primary research interest is applications of positive psychology in psychotherapy and in prevention of high school dropouts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy

Chapter 2: The Foundational Constructs of Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy

Chapter 3: Major Techniques and Interventions

Chapter 4: Training Therapists in GFPP and Building GFPP Skills

Chapter 5: Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy Case Examples
Case authors in order of appearance: Evelyn Winter Plumb, Robert Byrom, Theodore T. Bartholomew, and Kate Hawley

Chapter 6: Conclusion and Future Directions

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