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.

Openings in SFBT and the Role of the Therapist

Openings in SFBT and the role of the therapist

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter the reader will:

  • Understand the importance of focused openings in Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Be clear about the role of the therapist in SFBT
  • Appreciate the importance of exploring pre-session change
  • Understand how to use problem-free Talk in an SF way
  • Understand the importance of highlighting strengths skills and resources in an SF opening

Common practice and guidelines dictate that therapists and other helping professionals plan significant pieces of work with clients, using such tools as assessment and care planning; only to sometimes not see those plans come to fruition as clients can stop coming at any time and for any number of reasons. This can be ...

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