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Solution-Focused Therapy with Children: Harnessing Family Strengths for Systemic Change / Edition 1

Solution-Focused Therapy with Children: Harnessing Family Strengths for Systemic Change / Edition 1

by Matthew D. Selekman, Selekman
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This practice-oriented book clearly demonstrates an innovative, effective brief family therapy approach for children with emotional and behavorial difficulties. Numerous case examples and session transcripts illustrate the author's presentation of creative strategies for time-sensitive assessment and intervention with even the toughest child cases. Selekman provides practical guidelines and troubleshooting techniques to help clinicians meet the demands of managed care; create a climate for change; optimize cooperation throughout the therapeutic relationship; design novel therapeutic tasks; and collaborate productively with helping professionals from larger systems. The book also includes findings from important studies of resilient high-risk children, which inform the intervention design and provide empirical support.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572302303
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/07/1997
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, has a family therapy training practice in Evanston, Illinois. An Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, he has presented workshops on Solution-Focused Therapy with children and adolescents extensively throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy Solutions with Difficult Adolescents and the coeditor of Family Therapy Approaches with Adolescent Substance Abusers, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Systemic Therapies.

Table of Contents

1. Expanding the Possibilities: An Integrative Solution-Focused Therapy Approach with Children
2. The Solution-Oriented Family Assessment Interview: An Efficient and Comprehensive Evaluative Method
3. Interviewing for Change: Questions as Interventive Tools for Empowering Children and Their Families
4. Finding Fit: Guidelines for Therapeutic Task Design, Selection, and Implementation
5. Curious George Meets Dr. Seuss: Family Play and Art Therapy Strategies
6. Guidelines for Optimizing Therapeutic Cooperation in Second and Subsequent Sessions
7. Co-constructing Change: Hosting Collaborative Conversations with Allies from Larger Systems
8. "Impossible" Cases: From Therapeutic Breakthroughs to Treatment Failures
9. Helping Children and Their Families Succeed in a Managed Care World
10. Solution-Focused Therapy and Beyond: Major Themes and Implications for the Future


Child and family therapists, clinical and school psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and students in these areas. Serves as a text in courses on child psychotherapy, family therapy with children, and brief treatment/psychotherapy.

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