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 Historical Roots of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

The historical roots of solution-focused brief therapy


  • Concepts of mental activity prior to Freud
  • Psychodynamic theories
  • Behaviour therapies
  • Systems theory
  • Brief therapies
  • Conclusion

Exponents of postmodern brief therapies including solution-focused brief therapy sometimes suggest that these therapies have very different assumptions from other past and present approaches. This chapter seeks to place solution-focused ...

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