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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).

Frequently Asked Questions About SFT
Frequently asked questions about SFT

As the solution-focused approach is very different from other therapeutic models it inevitably raises a lot of questions in the mind of practitioners. In this chapter I will address some of the most frequently asked ones.

  • Does SFT ignore emotions and focus exclusively upon behaviour?
  • Is the solution-focused approach effective or is it popular only because it is brief and therefore economical?
  • Is SFT only suitable for clients who can identify specific issues, and not for those with vague, chronic or severe mental health problems? Are there any clients you would not use it with? And can it do any harm?
  • Does SFT only address symptoms so there is a danger ...
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