This first-of-its-kind book provides a practical overview of the essentials of solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) from a multicultural perspective, including intervention skills, research, applications, and implications for practice. Case examples illustrate SFBT in action with a wide range of client populations. In addition, the book incorporates recommendations from the recently developed and approved SFBT treatment manual, published by the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association.
Chapter 1: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Cultural Competency
When the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) first started sending astronauts into outer space, it quickly realized that a ballpoint pen didn't work. To solve this problem, NASA scientists spent years and about a million dollars to develop a pen that could write in zero gravity, upside down, on almost any surface, and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 degrees Celsius.
During this same time, the Russians were also sending their cosmonauts into outer space and therefore faced a similar dilemma. Their solution to the problem … was to use a pencil.
The appeal of solution-focused brief therapy reminds me of the NASA space pen joke described ...