Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

1st Edition

Thorana S Nelson

Routledge
Published October 21, 2005
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9780789029287 - CAT# HW15181

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Summary

The one-of-a-kind book that provides training exercises illustrating solution-focused brief therapy!

As we recognize our own problem behavior in our lives, most of us struggle for ways to change it. Solution-focused brief therapy is the highly effective practice that works by changing concentration from ’problem’ behavior to ’solution’ behavior in just a few sessions. Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy presents articles, essays, and a multitude of exercises that explain this unique type of therapy with an eye toward helping readers to use the ideas for use in their own training and practice. Detailed descriptions of training workshops and exercises spotlight the experiences of SFBT therapists to illuminate in-depth basic concepts and strategies.

Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy relies on two fundamental ideas, that of a therapist discovering and reinforcing a clients’ existing solutions and exceptions to the problem. Expert trainers discuss strategies that work for training and practicing Solution-focused brief therapy. Several exercises for clients are examined, as well as exercises for the training and supervision of other practitioners learning the process. Exercises include The Name Game, the Complaining Exercise, Inside and Outside, the ’Deck of Trumps,’ and the Solution-Focused Scavenger Hunt. Each chapter explains the circumstances in which to use each exercise, the best ways to enhance effectiveness, and how to stay on track in the teaching or training. This one-of-a-kind book includes helpful tables, thorough questionnaires, penetrating case studies, and each chapter is extensively referenced.

Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy discusses brief therapy principles such as:
  • negotiating goals
  • engagement through complimenting
  • future orientation
  • language should be imaginative and positive
  • explanations and actions taken to solve problems are interconnected
  • challenging the perceived causes of problems
  • reframing the problem so that it becomes a friend
  • acknowledgement and acceptance of client
Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy brings together essential ideas, suggestions, strategies, and exercises for solution-focused brief therapy training, making this an invaluable resource for solution-focused brief therapists and therapists who teach and train this form of therapy.

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