Organized around the latest CACREP standards, <b>Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice</b>, by Richard D. Parsons and Naijian Zhang, presents theory as an essential component to both counselor identity formation and professional practice. Drawing on the contributions of current practitioners, the text uses both classical and cutting-edge theoretical models of change as lenses for processing client information and developing case conceptualizations and intervention plans. Each chapter provides a snapshot of a particular theory/approach and the major thinkers associated with each theory as well as case illustrations and guided practice exercises to help readers internalize the content presented and apply it to their own development as counselors.
Chapter 12: Solution-Focused Therapy
If it works do more of it; if what you do does not work, do something different.
—Steve de Shazer
The above quote from Steve de Shazer, founder of the solution-focused brief therapy model, relates the fundamental premise of the solution-focused approach. Clients are encouraged to find what is working in their lives. Those areas featuring discord between desired goals and actual behaviors are addressed, and problematic behaviors are replaced by productive, goal-oriented ones. Since the development of the solution-focused approach in the 1980s, it has grown in popularity and become a widely used treatment for many practicing counselors and other mental health professionals. In this chapter, you will learn more about how this approach can be used with a ...