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The Art of Solution Focused Therapy

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The Art of Solution Focused Therapy

SKU# 9780826117373

Author: Elliott Connie MA, LPC, Linda Metcalf PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S


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What is Solution-Focused Therapy?

Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) is a unique, goal-directed therapy aimed at helping clients regain autonomy by determining and achieving their own goals. Solution focused therapists encourage clients to focus on solutions, not problems, and help clients effectively plan how to reach their goals. Unlike other therapies, SFT holds an abiding belief in clients' abilities to know what is best for them, rather than have a therapist tell them.

Why this book?

This book not only provides an overview of the Solution Focused therapy model, its basic tenets, and theories; it also presents intimate interviews with expert practitioners-all of whom use SFT in their own practice.

To this end, the book offers a wealth of insight into the theory and practice of SFT, to help practitioners decide whether SFT is right for them and their clients. These experts offer details of their apprehensions, goals, breakthroughs, and overall experiences with the therapy. The team of expert contributors includes Eve Lipchik, Yvonne Dolan, Alasdair Macdonald, Thorana Nelson, and many more.

Questions the experts address include:

  • How did you discover that SFT was the model that fit your clients' needs?
  • What characteristics of this model drew you towards it?
  • How has SFT impacted your personal life?
  • What is it about SFT that makes it so effective?
  • What are your favorite cases and how did they affect your work as a therapist?

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 15, 2009
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826117373
  • EISBN 9780826117380

About The Author(s) 

Linda Metcalf, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S, is a professor and director, Graduate Counseling Program, Texas Wesleyan University. She is a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist in Texas and maintains a private practice in the Fort Worth, Texas, area. Dr. Metcalf is a leader in the development and application of solution focused approaches in a wide range of settings and audiences, as well as the practice of marriage and family therapy. She is the author of 10 books for professional and lay audiences, including the best-selling Counseling Toward Solutions: A Practical Solution-Focused Program for Working With Students, Teachers, and Parents, 2nd Edition (2008); Marriage and Family Therapy: A Practice-Oriented Approach (Springer Publishing, 2010), and Solution Focused Group Therapy (2007). Dr. Metcalf has served as president and board member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as president of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, she is the current president of the Association of Solution Focused Practitioners and has presented and trained extensively throughout the United States and internationally, including Australia, Japan, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, Thailand, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Canada.

Table of Contents 


Chapter 1: Overview of Solution-Focused Therapy
Elliott Connie

Chapter 2: Solution-Focused Therapy: Its Applications and Opportunities
Linda Metcalf

Chapter 3 - A Solution-Focused Journey
Eve Lipchik

Chapter 4 - Respectful Optimism and Satisfying Subtlety
Yvonne Dolan

Chapter 5 - Working in the Dark
Chris Iveson

Chapter 6 - The Three Hour "Aha" Moment
Alison Johnson

Chapter 7 - This is ME
Tracy Todd

Chapter 8 - Monty Python Focused Therapy
Brian Cade

Chapter 9 - Acceptance, Transparency, Research: Because the Others Want to Know
Cynthia Franklin

Chapter 10 - The Evidence Base of SFT
Sara Smock

Chapter 11 - Learning With Enthusiasm
Rayya Guhl

Chapter 12 - My Encounter With the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Model
Debbie Hogan

Chapter 13 - Learning to Pay Attention
Harry Korman

Chapter 14 - Believing With a Curious Mind
Linda Metcalf

Chapter 15 - Trust Client Strengths
Terese Steiner

Chapter 16 - A Journey Towards Solutions
Alasdair Macdonald

Chapter 17 - Using Possibilities to Remove the Box
Elliott Connie

Chapter 18 - Go Where the Clients Lead
Thorana Nelson

Chapter 19 - Becoming a Solution-Focused Purist
Ron Warner

Chapter 20: Conclusion
Elliott Connie and Linda Metcalf

Appendix - Recommended Reading List