Synopses & Reviews
Born out of the Second Annual Conference on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, this comprehensive edited collection offers mental health practitioners a much needed resource for applying solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) techniques. The expert contributors present the most current research information, illustrative case examples, and practical tools for developing the skills necessary to deliver effective solution-focused therapy across a variety of treatments settings.The book offers a framework for integrating the solution-focused model with the problem-focused approach that results in an increased number of therapeutic options available to clinicians.The contributors clearly demonstrate that SFBT addresses a wide range of presenting problems and this practical therapeutic model has proven to be effective across economic, gAnder, and racial lines. And, most importantly, at the very heart of the solution-focused techniques is rooted the spiritual values inherent to all productive therapeutic work.
"Points the way to much-needed systematic study of what seems to be a promising intervention mode in these days of managed care and the rise of brief therapy."
"About a decade ago, a new approach appeared on the horizon of psychotherapy. This simple approach, variously called solution-oriented, solution-focused, strength-based and competence-based therapy empowers clients, reenergizes burned-out and discouraged therapists, and happens to be a good fit with the demands of today's managed care environment. The pioneers in this work provided the bare bones of theory and methods which, by now, many therapists have learned. In this comprehensive and exhaustive work, a second generation of solution-based therapists go beyond the basics and extAnd the therapy to the treatment of domestic violence, chronic and severe mental illness, grief, school problems, and many other serious problems that at first glance seemed beyond the reach of such a simple method. Do you want to learn how to use this approach to reduce the length or necessity for hospitalization? To reduce the waiting list at your agency? To learn about the latest theoretical developments or research? It's all here. Check it out." (Bill O'Hanlon, author/co-author of In Search of Solutions, A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy, A Field Guide to Possibility Land, Rewriting Love Stories, and Shifting Contexts)
"After seeing videotapes of the many "worried well" clients in my practice, therapists attAnding my workshops frequently ask the "What about" questions. What about working with domestic violence cases? What about working with court-ordered cases? What about working with the chronically mentally ill? What about...At last, answers to all these "What about" questions and in one place, The Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Try it, you'll like it!" (Michelle Weiner-Davis, co-author/author Divorce Busting, In Search of Solutions, and Fire Your Shrink)
A handbook offering the first application resource to mental health practitioners interested in solution-focused brief therapy. The 25 therapists providing the framework for integrating problem and solution focused approaches into therapy suggest interesting alternatives to long-term psychotherapy a
This state-of-the-art resource?a compilation of works from the nation's leading practitioners?is a definitive guide for succeeding in an era of managed care. Born out of the Second Annual Conference on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, this comprehensive edited collection details the most current and effective therapeutic techniques?and offers specific guidance for applying methods across treatment settings.
The definitive guide for succeeding in an era of managed care
This state-of-the-art resource—a compilation of works from the nation's leading practitioners—offers mental health practitioners the tools for applying solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) techniques.
Filled with the most current research information, illustrative case examples, and practical suggestions, it uses a framework that integrates the solution-focused model with the problem-focused approach, and offers specific guidance for applying methods across treatment settings. Proven to be effective across economic, gAnder, and racial lines, this guide will lead to an increased number of therapeutic options for success in an era of managed care.
About the Author
SCOTT D. MILLER is director of the Brief Therapy Training Consortium and vice president of Problems to Solutions, Inc. MARK HUBBLE is director of Brief Therapy Clinic Counseling and Testing Center at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. BARRY L. DUNCAN is in private practice in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Table of Contents
FOUNDATIONS OF SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY.
Rethinking Our Assumptions: Thinking Anew, in a Postmodern World (J. Walter &J. Peller).
Solution-Focused Therapy and the Postmodern: A Critical Analysis (B. Held).
Crafting of Consciousness Through Form: Solution-Focused Therapy as a Spiritual Path (D. Simon).
APPLICATIONS OF SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY.
Solution-Focused Domestic Violence Views: Bridges Toward a New Reality in Couples Therapy (E. Lipchik &A. Kubicki).
Solution-Focused Work in the Hospital: A Continuum of Care Model for Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment (K. Vaugh, et al.).
Solution-Focused Supervision: The Coaxing of Expertise (F. Thomas).
Solution-Focused Therapy with Mandated Clients: Cooperating and the Uncooperative (S. Tohn &J. Oshlag).
Solution-Focused Therapy in the School (J. Murphy).
Solution-Focused Hospital Diversion: Treatment of First Choice (J. Booker).
Solution-Focused Grief Therapy (W. Butler &K. Powers).
RESEARCH ON SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY.
A Clinician's Guide to Research on Solution-Focused Therapy (J. McKeel).
Outcome Research on Treatment Conducted at the Brief Family Therapy Center, 1992-1993 (P. DeJong &L. Hopwood).
Research on the Process of Solution-Focused Therapy (M. Keyebach, et al.).
What Works in Solution-Focused Therapy: A Qualitative Analysis of Client and Therapist Perceptions (L. Metcalf, et al.).