As part of the bestselling SAGE Skills in Counseling & Psychotherapy series, this book is one of the first to focus specifically on Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) skills and practice. Aimed at those new to the approach and as a refresher to those that have started using SFBT, it covers the key techniques and interventions. Structured step-by-step along the lines of an actual therapy session, the book can be dipped into or read cover-to-cover. It covers assumptions, expectations and ways of working, the role of the Solution Focused Brief Therapist, The Miracle Question, scaling, tasks, ending sessions and closures.Supported by case studies, therapeutic dialogue, hints and tips, exercises and points for reflection, the book is an ideal companion for any counseling, health or social care trainee who plans to practice Solution Focused Brief Therapy in today's time-constrained settings. It will also be a valuable guide for those qualified in the caring professions and who wish to refresh the way that they work.



Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter the reader will:

  • Understand the initial development of the Solution Focused Approach
  • Understand ‘where’ SFBT is now
  • Recognize the importance of this book as a skills book
  • Understand the best ways to use this book

Skill: Noun. The ability to do something well.

(The Oxford Dictionary of English, 2006, Oxford University Press)

This book is a skills-based book. Skills are not to be confused with interventions and/or techniques, of which you will see many in this book. In truth, one cannot use an intervention or technique well without having the skills to use it, the skills to know when (and when not) to use it and the right ‘ear’ to know how what you are doing is being helpful.

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