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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy : Its Effective Use in Agency Settings
Pichot, Teri, LCSW, and Yvonne M. Dolan, M.A.
Routledge / Haworth Press / Softcover / 2003-05-01 / 0789015544
Collaborative Therapies
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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Its Effective Use in Agency Settings chronicles the lessons learned when a substance abuse counseling program switches its theoretical orientation from problem-focused to solution-focused. The book details the technical aspects of the changeover (theory, techniques, interventions, politics, and team design) as well as the personal struggles the team endured and the successes they enjoyed. It demonstrates how solution-focused therapy can be applied to both clinical and administrative work while addressing questions and concerns, providing general information and help in understanding the subtleties and idiosyncrasies of the treatment.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a practical, step-by-step guide to individual and group solution-focused therapy, presenting a new and effective method of working with clients that re-energizes therapists and benefits administrators and clinical supervisors. The book provides clear descriptions of basic interventions and philosophy, highlights points of contrast with more traditional approaches, examines the principles behind the “Miracle Question,” and demonstrates how to integrate relapse prevention, help clients maintain therapeutic gains, and communicate effectively with colleagues who represent different philosophies.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy provides a thorough understanding of solution-focused therapy through the use of:
case studies
interviews with therapists
sample forms
tables
and much more!
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Its Effective Use in Agency Settings is ideal for professionals interested in implementing solution-focused therapy into individual, group, or agency settings, including child protection agencies, community mental health clinics, private practices, sexual abuse programs, substance abuse treatment, family based services, and academics working in substance abuse counseling, social work, psychology, and general counseling.
Reviews: “A ROADMAP FOR NAVIGATING AGENCY POLICY AND POLITICS. . . . A wonderful book for both beginning and seasoned therapists who want to find an effective way to work with externally motivated populations. Pichot and Dolan bring a creative and concise style (like the solution-focused model they elegantly detail) to the book. . . . Of interest to any therapist who's ever worked for or with an agency that serves mandated clients. The chapters on the miracle question, working with adolescents, and interagency diplomacy are exceptional.”
Jeffrey Goldman, LCSW, BCD Director, PATH (Peaceful Alternatives in The Home), Denver, Colorado

“ESSENTIAL READING for treatment administrators as well as agency staff. . . . After serving for 25 years as professor or chair of the Department of Human Services at MSCD, I was pleased to finally read a text that so effectively addresses the intricacies of implementing a solution-focused approach at the agency level. With a sensitivity that can only come from years of personal experience, Pichot and Dolan describe their struggle to offer a solutions-focused approach to a problem-focused world.”
J. Michael Faragher, PsyD CACIII, Dean, School of Professional Studies, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Contents:
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Why Change an Entire Agency’s Focus to Solution-Focused Therapy?
What to Expect from This Book
Chapter 1. The Solution-Focused Basics
Solution-Focused Therapy Basics
The Miracle Question
Exception Questions
A Brief History of Scaling
Scaling Questions
Difference Questions
Relationship Questions
Compliments As Interventions
The Rewards of Becoming Solution Focused
Summary
Chapter 2. Individual Session Road Map
Chips on Their Shoulders
Individual Session Map
Summary
Chapter 3. Solution-Focused Groups
The Effects of Clients’ Past Problem-Oriented Group Experiences
Group Session Map
The Importance of Cotherapy in Groups
Summary
Chapter 4. Many Miracles: Adaptations and Applications of the Miracle Question
Beware of the Perils of Problem Solving
Principles Behind the Miracle Question
Applying the Miracle Question Elements
Summary
Chapter 5. Sustaining the Miracle
Changing the Focus
Emergency Roadside Repair Kit
Relapse Prevention with Reluctant Clients
When to Use the Emergency Roadside Repair Kit
Summary
Chapter 6. “This Is Stupid, I Don’t Need This, and I Don’t Want to Be Here”: Working with Adolescents
The Paradoxical Population
Challenging Our Old Assumptions About Adolescents
Limit Setting and the Solution-Focused Approach
Relational Questions with Adolescents
Relational Questions As a Way to Work with Families
Scaling and Therapeutic Analogies to Kindle Hope
Working with Younger Children
Summary
Chapter 7. The Art of Speaking “French”: Interagency Diplomacy
Working with Other Professionals
Solution-Focused Case Management
Identifying Evidence of a Client’s Potential for Success
Solution-Focused Treatment Plans
Termination
How Client Charts Can be Helpful to Solution-Focused Therapists
Viewing Governing Agencies As Clients
Summary
Chapter 8. Solution-Focused Supervision: Leading from One Step Behind
Why Do Solution-Focused Supervision?
Adapting Solution-Focused Skills to a Supervisory Context
The Practical Structure of Solution-Focused Supervision
Principles for Initiating Solution-Focused Supervision in an Established Agency
Getting Staff to Stay
Summary
Chapter 9. Maintaining the Team’s Miracle: Observations from Our Solution-Focused Team
The Impact of Our Supervision
Team Norms
Maintaining the Team Miracle
Summary
Chapter 10. Case Examples of Clients Who Changed Their Lives and Our Way of Working
A Case of Quiet Rebellion
Jim
Tracy
Julie
Connie
Kerry
Elaine
Summary
Epilogue: The Parable of the Nomads
Appendix. Reflections from Our Solution-Focused Treatment Team
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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