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 12: Solution-Focused Approach with Economically Poor Clients
Solution-Focused Approach with Economically Poor Clients
More than 46 million people live below the poverty line in the United States, the largest number since poverty estimates were published 52 years ago (DeNavas-Walt, Proctor, & Smith, 2011). The rates of poverty, as defined by income thresholds determined by the Office of Management and Budget, have been on the rise for the past three consecutive years, from 12.5 percent in 2007 to 15.1 percent in 2010. The great recession of this decade has contributed to widening income inequality and a growing perception that specific groups (young, non-college-educated men, older working Americans who aren't yet eligible for Social Security or Medicare, single mothers) are suffering heavily through this economic downturn ...