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The Art of Solution-Focused Therapy
Connie, Elliott, MA, LPC and Linda Metcalf, PhD, LMFT, LPC (Eds)
Springer Publishing Company / Softcover / 2009-07-01 / 0826117376
Collaborative Therapies
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216 pages
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Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) is a brief, goal-directed therapy that utilizes questions and scales to help clients determine their goals, and then reveal the behaviors needed for them to achieve or maintain further progress. Unlike other therapies, it holds an abiding belief in clients' abilities to know what is best for them (rather than have a therapist tell them) and to effectively plan how to get there.
This book serves as an introduction to SFT, with in depth explanations of the origins, tenets, and common techniques associated with SFT. Experienced practitioners, all of whom use an SFT approach, present detailed narratives discussing what led them to select the SFT model. Each narrative addresses the following questions:
How they discovered that Solution-Focused Therapy was the model that fit their clients' needs
How utilizing Solution Focused Therapy has impacted their work with clients
Key personality traits that are shared amongst Solution Focused Practitioners


Chapter 1: Overview of Solution-Focused Therapy
Chapter 2: Solution-Focused Therapy: Its Applications and Opportunities
Chapter 3 - A Solution-Focused Journey
Chapter 4 - Respectful Optimism and Satisfying Subtlety
Chapter 5 - Working in the Dark
hapter 6 - The Three Hour "Aha" Moment
Chapter 7 - This is ME
Chapter 8 - Monty Python Focused Therapy
Chapter 9 - Acceptance, Transparency, Research: Because the Others Want to Know
Chapter 10 - The Evidence Base of SFT
Chapter 11 - Learning With Enthusiasm
Chapter 12 - My Encounter With the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Model
Chapter 13 - Learning to Pay Attention
Chapter 14 - Believing With a Curious Mind
Chapter 15 - Trust Client Strengths
Chapter 16 - A Journey Towards Solutions
Chapter 17 - Using Possibilities to Remove the Box
Chapter 18 - Go Where the Clients Lead
Chapter 19 - Becoming a Solution-Focused Purist
Chapter 20: Conclusion
Appendix - Recommended Reading List

About the Authors:

Elliott E. Connie, MA, LPC, lives in Arlington, TX. He maintains private practices in Keller and Fort Worth, TX and is frequent a presenter and lecturer on topics related to Solution-Focused Therapy. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Texas Woman's University.
Linda Metcalf, PhD, is a former Classroom Teacher, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of several books on solution focused therapy including Counseling Toward Solutions, (1995, 2008), Parenting Toward Solutions, (1997), Teaching Toward Solutions, (1999, 2005) Solution Focused Group Therapy, (1999, 2005), The Miracle Question, (2005) and numerous articles on solution focused therapy. She has presented her work throughout the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Norway, Germany, and UK. She is a Professor in the Department of Education at Texas Wesleyan University, and Coordinator of the School Counseling Program. She is also the President Elect of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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