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.
Chapter 4: Pre-Session Change, Exceptions and Coping Questions
Pre-Session Change, Exceptions and Coping Questions
By the end of this chapter the reader will:
- Appreciate and understand what comes after openings in SFBT
- Understand what is meant by ‘pre-session change’ in SFBT and how to explore this
- Understand the meaning of and use of ‘exception finding’
- Appreciate the use of coping questions in SFBT
It is useful to remember that days, weeks, or even months may have passed between the referral and the first meeting with the solution focused worker. Things change! So an exploration of any changes that have occurred between the client making a referral or having an assessment is useful for a number of reasons.
It sets the framework of fluidity; nothing is static. By this I mean that an ...