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 4: The First Session
The First Session
Therapy is often a matter of tipping the first domino.
Aims of the First Session
In the first session the solution-focused practitioner seeks to:
- make a contract around the best hopes of the client;
- form a collaborative relationship with the client;
- create a climate for change;
- clarify as far as possible the client's goals;
- highlight the client's resources;
- negotiate tasks.
Written accounts of therapy fail to capture the intangibles of the therapeutic relationship. Transcripts of solution-focused sessions can look slick, formulaic, and devoid of mystery. It needs to be reiterated that the quality of our relationships with clients as human beings is more significant than ...