This second edition of Solution-focused Therapy remains the most accessible yet comprehensive case-based introduction to the history, theory, research and practice of solution-focused therapy (SFT) within mental health care and beyond.

Drawing on contemporary research and the author's own extensive experience, the fully revised and updated new edition includes:

discussion of recent developments relevant to research and training; a new chapter on challenges to SFT and the integration of SFT with other therapeutic approaches; extended discussion on ethical issues; topical exploration of the application of SFT with patients with personality disorders and dementias; contemporary research on solution-focused coaching and approaches to organizational change; new case material

This highly practical guide should be on the desk of every student or trainee studying this strongly supported, growing approach. It is also a useful resource for practitioners wanting to update their core skills and knowledge.

The Solution-Focused Therapy Model: The First Session; Part 1

The Solution-Focused Therapy Model: The First Session; Part 1

The solution-focused therapy model: The first session; part 1


  • Assumptions affecting the context of solution-focused therapy
  • The structure of the first session
  • Problem
  • Pre-session changes
  • Goals
  • Exceptions
  • Scaling
  • The miracle question
  • Conclusion

This chapter describes and explains the logic of the first session in solution-focused brief therapy, following the above sequence for reasons that will be analysed in the text. Chapter 2 pursues the break ...

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