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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).

Tips and Exercises for Using the SF Approach
Tips and exercises for using the SF approach

In this chapter I would like to offer the reader some practical tips and exercises for use with clients and trainees.

We have seen that successful SF interventions depend upon probing questions that can elicit clients’ hopes, strengths and solutions. The purpose of SF questions is to help clients understand the solutions and not that counsellors may understand clients’ problems. If you want to elicit good answers you need to ask good questions! Try to use some of what follows in the next few weeks.

Really Useful Questions
To Negotiate Client Goals
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