Struggling with the intricacies of Solution-Focused theory, skills or practice? Wanting to learn more about providing brief, practically-based solution-focused interventions across many therapeutic settings? As part of the popular Brief Therapies Series, this long awaited third edition will tell you all you need to know about Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) and more!
This popular introduction takes you step-by-step through the counselling process, providing insight into how to structure and manage your therapeutic work in ways that are grounded in Solution-Focused principles.
This book includes: - a detailed introduction to the theory and practice of ‘brief’ therapy; - a discussion of the foundations of SFT; - exercises to use with clients and/or trainees; - brand new case examples relating theory directly to practice; - an insightful reflection on the journey of the practitioner
From leading Solution-Focused expert Bill O'Connell, this book will not only provide practical guidelines and theoretical background for the beginner but support and inspiration for the more experienced.
Bill O'Connell is Director of Training for Focus on Solutions Limited in Birmingham. He was previously Head of the Counselling Department at Westhill College of Higher Education, Birmingham, and is co-editor of Handbook of Solution-Focused Therapy (SAGE, 2003).
Chapter 1: Brief Therapy
The unique feature of Brief Solution-Focused Therapy (BSFT) is that it focuses on solutions, not problems. It aims to help clients achieve their preferred outcomes by evoking and co-constructing solutions to their problems (O'Connell, 2001). It emerged in the 1980s as a form of brief therapy, with its origins in the work of Steve de Shazer, Kim Insoo Berg and their team at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, USA. To understand its context, it is helpful to be aware of the brief therapy tradition.
The fact that many brief therapy models come from within the main schools of therapy (psychodynamic and cognitive behaviour in particular) may give the impression that this kind of therapy is derived ...