Beyond Technique in Solution-Focused Therapy: Working with Emotions and the Therapeutic Relationship

Beyond Technique in Solution-Focused Therapy: Working with Emotions and the Therapeutic Relationship

Paperback Guilford Family Therapy (Paperback)

By (author) Eve Lipchik

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 19 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1609189914
  • ISBN 13: 9781609189914
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 308,919

Product description

Solution-focused therapy is often misunderstood to be no more than the techniques it is famous for-pragmatic, future-oriented questions that encourage clients to reconceptualize their problems and build on their strengths. Yet when applied in a "one-size-fits-all" manner, these techniques may produce disappointing results and leave clinicians wondering where they have gone wrong. This volume adds a vital dimension to the SFT literature, providing a rich theoretical framework to facilitate nonformulaic clinical decision making. The focus is on how attention to emotional issues, traditionally not emphasized in brief, strengths-based interventions, can help "unstick" difficult situations and pave the way to successful solutions.

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Author information

Eve Lipchik, MSW, cofounder, ICF Consultants, Inc., Milwaukee, WI Foreword by Wendel A. Ray, PhD

Review quote

"Lipchik dispels all the stereotypes of Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), so that even SFT skeptics will want to give the model a second look. Her version cherishes the uniqueness of clients, is nonformulaic, emotion-focused, and privileges the client-therapist relationship over technique... Replete with rich case illustrations (which heretofore I would have assumed to be 'too complex' for SFT), the volume has left me with the imprint of a master teacher and clinician and has greatly enriched my practice." - Douglas H. Sprenkle, Purdue University, Indiana, USA "At last, someone has written a book that integrates the practical simplicity of solution-focused work with the crucial presence of emotion and relationship. Lipchik liberates our understanding of feelings from cumbersome theoretical frameworks, and shows how they are a basic currency in the therapeutic exchange... Eminently practical and theoretically illuminating." - Stephen Gilligan, in private practice, USA, and author of Therapeutic Trances and The Courage to Love

Table of contents

Part I: Theory and Practice. A Theory of Solution-Focused Therapy. The Therapist-client Relationship. Understanding Clients. Emotions in Solution-Focused Therapy. The Process of Clarifying Goals. The Team Behind the Mirror and the Consultation Break. The Summation Message and the Suggestion. Part II: Applications. Couple Therapy. Family Therapy. Working with Involuntary Clients. Long-term Cases. The Solution-Focused Approach to Crisis.