Recreating Brief Therapy: Preferences and Possibilities / Edition 1

Recreating Brief Therapy: Preferences and Possibilities / Edition 1

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Recreating Brief Therapy: Preferences and Possibilities / Edition 1

Emerging out of the traditions of Ericksonian, strategic, and solution-focused therapies, this book redescribes and reconceives brief therapy in light of postmodern and pragmatic thinking.
The result is personal consultation, with a focus on conversation and inquiries that gently guide the pursuit of desire. This approach embraces a diversity of longings, goals, and ways of being in the world.
The key question, underlying both the authors' research and their consultative conversations, is 'How can we create a space for dialogue and wonder, where purpose, preferences, and possibilities can emerge?'
This question leads to many others, which form the basis for the chapters of the book. Each inquiry is illustrated by case excerpts that show where this approach diverges from strategic and solution-focused questioning. The situations are difficult--crack addiction, marital separation, suicidal despair, etc.--and yet the consultant's stance of being 'curious with' the client leads to signs of hope and pathways toward a better future. In this pragmatic approach, previously unspoken desires take precedence over goals set by others, and what is preferred becomes possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393703252
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: Professional Book Series
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Starting with Desire

  1. A Rewarding Professional Change:
      From Therapy to
Personal Consultation

  2. A Dramatic Paradigm Shift within the Field:
Observation to Conversation

  3. Inspiring Inquiries:
      From Assumptions to

  4. Creating a Space of Dialogue and Wonder:
Interview to Conversation

  5. Inquiring of Desire:
      From Goals to Preferencing

  6. Inquiring of the Significance of Change:
Means to Significance

  7. Inquiring of Possibilities through "Sign" Language:
      From Linear Thinking to Brainstorming

  8. Inquiring of Differences and Successes:
Obstacles to Optimism

  9. Inviting Other Voices into the Conversation:
Perceptual Frames to Conversation

10. Reflecting and Encouraging:
      From Feedback to
Mutual Reflections

11. A Personal Consultation from Beginning to End:
      Conversing about Trust and Clear- headedness

Conclusion: Ending-but Not Ending

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