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 6: The SF Journey
The SF Journey
I recently conducted a small informal survey of Solution-Focused practitioners to enquire about their experience of discovering and adopting the model. This was by no means a scientific piece of work, but the main themes that emerged were consistent with those expressed by many practitioners over the past twenty years or so. I hope these accounts will encourage readers who are new to the approach to embark on their own journey in the knowledge that others have found the trip well worth making.
The survey questions were as follows:
- What were your first impressions of the SF approach?
- How did you follow up your initial enthusiasm?
- What were the main challenges you were facing at ...