"This book is full of great examples of creative practice with families and children. It will inspire many to follow the author’s example. She seamlessly draws from narrative and solution-focused approaches and blends them into her own unique approach to respectful, upbeat and innovative work. It deserves to be read. "
-- John Winslade, PhD, Professor of Counseling at California State University San Bernardino.
Introduces a Powerful New Brief Therapy Approach
This groundbreaking book is the first to provide a comprehensive model for effectively blending the two main postmodern brief therapy approaches: solution focused and narrative therapies. It harnesses the power of both models—the strengths-based, problem-solving approach of SFT and the value-honoring and re-descriptive approach of narrative therapy—to offer brief, effective help to clients that builds on their strengths and abilities to envision and craft preferred outcomes.
Authored by a leading trainer, teacher, and practitioner in the field, the book provides an overview of the history of both models and outlines their differences, similarities, limitations, and strengths. It then demonstrates how to blend these two approaches in working with such issues as trauma, addictions, grief, relationship issues, family therapy, and mood issues. Each concern is illustrated using a case study from practice that focuses on individual adults, adolescents, children, or families. Sample client dialogues and forms are included to help the clinician guide clients in practice.
Each chapter concludes with a summary describing and reinforcing the principles of the topic and a personal exercise so the reader can experience the approach firsthand.
- Describes how two popular postmodern therapy models are combined to create a powerful new therapeutic approach—the first book to do so
- Includes case studies reflecting the model’s use with individual adults, children, adolescents, and families
- Provides supporting dialogue and forms for practitioners
- Authored by a leading figure in the application of SFT in a variety of settings
- Presents an overview of the history of both models