This volume presents a unique and powerful brief therapy approach that combines the best elements of the strategic and narrative traditions in family therapy. Highly effective in treating a broad range of clinical problems, this integrative model enables therapists to alter meanings while working toward behavior change in a goal-directed framework. Taking readers step by step through the process of change, the book shows how problems develop from the mishandling of ordinary life events and how therapists can map problem cycles, reframe problems with respect, and work with clients to create simple and elegant solutions.
Table of Contents
1. The 1970s and 1980s: An Emphasis on Action
2. From MRI to CFI: Linking Meaning and Action
3. The 1990s: An Emphasis on Meaning
4. Toward a Theory of Problem Construction
5. The Strategy of Conversation, Part I: Approaching the Therapeutic Conversation
6. The Strategy of Conversation, Part II: Steps to Assessment
7. The Strategy of Conversation, Part III: Steps to Narrative Solutions
8. Retelling Children's Stories: Part I
9. Retelling Children's Stories: Part II
10. Listening to the Voices of Adolescents
11. Leaving Parents, Finding Partners: Narrative Solutions withYoung Adults
12. The Power of Untold Stories: The Case of Sammy's Secret
13. As Time Goes By: Conversations with Adults in Distress
14. When Things Get Complicated, Part I: A Collaborative Solution
15. When Things Get Complicated, Part II: Mandated Therapeutic Conversations
16. Back to the Future
Joseph B. Eron, PsyD, is founder and codirector of the Catskill Family Institute (CFI). An experienced clinical psychologist, he has contributed several chapters on brief family therapy, coauthored (with Thomas Lund) numerous articles on CFI's unique narrative solutions approach, and presented and trained internationally.
Thomas W. Lund, PsyD, has practiced for many years as a school and child psychologist and is codirector of CFI. He has published (with Joseph Eron) a chapter and several articles on their narrative solutions approach, and has presented at conferences and workshops internationally. In addition to training psychotherapists, he teaches clergy, teachers, caseworkers in children's services, and others in the art of conducting helpful conversations.
Joseph B. Eron, PsyD, and Thomas W. Lund, PsyD, are codirectors of the Catskill Family Institute, Kingston, New York, of which Dr. Eron is the founder. They have coauthored numerous articles on their unique narrative solutions approach, and each has presented and trained internationally.
"One of the most sensible, smoothly written accounts of how to do effective psychotherapy I've ever read. In an easy-to-read writing style, [the authors] show how to talk with people having problems in ways that generate solutions. Their teachable approach is grounded in sound theory and technique, leading the reader step by step through the exciting process of change. It doesn't matter what label you attach to your way of thinking about how to be helpful to the client if you want to be the best therapist you can be in these cost-conscious times, this book is a 'must' read."
-Insoo Kim Berg, MSW
"In each chapter the authors present segments of actual client-therapist dialogue to show the reader exactly how to develop narrative solutions....Can be enjoyed by the beginning therapist as well as the more seasoned practitioner."
-Journal of Family Psychotherapy
"An excellent text that clearly depicts the essence of the narrative solutions approach....Essential reading for both graduate students and professionals in clinical practice."
- Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP
"The integrative approach described here and illustrated through detailed case studies offers practical guidance for clinicians who seek to balance a brief therapeutic approach while still incorporating some of the most significant and universal life questions that underlie distress."
"Eron and Lund have done a marvelous job of bringing together the best of traditional individual and family systems therapy with the latest postmodern, collaborative approaches."
-Bill O'Hanlon, MS
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