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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).

Overview of the Model
Overview of the model

The solution-focused approach is being used with a wide range of client groups and in many different settings: mental illness (Wilgosh, 1993; Dodd, 2003; Hawkes, 2003; Macdonald, 2007); substance misuse (Berg and Miller, 1992; Hanton, 2003); Asperger Syndrome (Bliss and Edmonds, 2008); occupational therapy (Duncan et al., 2007); domestic violence (Lipchik, 1991); suicide (Henden, 2008); physical, functional and psychological problems (Burns, 2008); sexual abuse (Dolan, 1991; Turnell and Edwards, 1999; Darmody, 2003); couples counselling (Hudson and O'Hanlon, 1991; Iveson, 2003); parenting and school difficulties (Durrant, 1993b; Lethem, 1994; Rhodes and Ajmal, 1995; Lines, 2002; groupwork (Sharry, 2007); and organisations (Jackson and McKergow, 2002). The model needs to be adapted to these different contexts with ...

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