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Narrative Solutions in Brief Therapy (Guilford Family Therapy)by Joseph B. Eron
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This hands-on guide to the narrative solutions approach combines strategic therapy with constructivist orientation. The integrative model enables therapists to alter meanings while working toward behavior change in a brief, goal-directed framework.
This volume presents a unique and powerful brief therapy approach that combines the best elements of the strategic and narrative traditions in family therapy. Highly effective in treating a broad range of clinical problems, this integrative model enables therapists to alter meanings while working toward behavior change in a goal-directed framework. Taking readers step by step through the process of change, the book shows how problems develop from the mishandling of ordinary life events and how therapists can map problem cycles, reframe problems with respect, and work with clients to create simple and elegant solutions.
This volume presents a unique and powerful approach developed by Joseph B. Eron and Thomas W. Lund that combines the best elements of the strategic and narrative traditions in family therapy. The brief therapy detailed in these pages is one with depth and purpose, designed to take advantage of the broad spectrum of life experience in building solutions. A hands-on guide, the book explains in close detail how problems develop from the mishandling of ordinary life events, and how to map problem cycles, reframe problems with respect, and find simple and elegant solutions. Beyond this, Eron and Lund describe how people in distress lose track of who they are and wish to be, and how alternative constructions of their problems, embedded in conversation, are linked to solutions.
About the Author
Joseph B. Eron, PsyD, is founder and codirector of the Catskill Family Institute (CFI). An experienced clinical psychologist, he has contributed several chapters on brief family therapy, coauthored (with Thomas Lund) numerous articles on CFI's unique narrative solutions approach, and presented and trained internationally.
Thomas W. Lund, PsyD, has practiced for many years as a school and child psychologist and is codirector of CFI. He has published (with Joseph Eron) a chapter and several articles on their narrative solutions approach, and has presented at conferences and workshops internationally. In addition to training psychotherapists, he teaches clergy, teachers, caseworkers in children's services, and others in the art of conducting helpful conversations.
Joseph B. Eron, PsyD, and Thomas W. Lund, PsyD, are codirectors of the Catskill Family Institute, Kingston, New York, of which Dr. Eron is the founder. They have coauthored numerous articles on their unique narrative solutions approach, and each has presented and trained internationally.
Table of Contents
1. The 1970s and 1980s: An Emphasis on Action
2. From MRI to CFI: Linking Meaning and Action
3. The 1990s: An Emphasis on Meaning
4. Toward a Theory of Problem Construction
5. The Strategy of Conversation, Part I: Approaching the Therapeutic Conversation
6. The Strategy of Conversation, Part II: Steps to Assessment
7. The Strategy of Conversation, Part III: Steps to Narrative Solutions
8. Retelling Children's Stories: Part I
9. Retelling Children's Stories: Part II
11. Leaving Parents, Finding Partners: Narrative Solutions with Young Adults
12. The Power of Untold Stories: The Case of Sammy's Secret
13. As Time Goes By: Conversations with Adults in Distress
14. When Things Get Complicated, Part I: A Collaborative Solution
15. When Things Get Complicated, Part II: Mandated Therapeutic Conversations
16. Back to the Future
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