Solution-focused Supervision: A Resource-oriented Approach to Developing Clinical Expertise

Solution-focused Supervision: A Resource-oriented Approach to Developing Clinical Expertise

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By (author) Frank N. Thomas

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  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
  • Format: Hardback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 28mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1461460514
  • ISBN 13: 9781461460510
  • Edition: 13000
  • Edition statement: 2013 ed.
  • Illustrations note: 2 black & white illustrations, 1 colour illustrations, biography
  • Sales rank: 268,410

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New data have come to light through the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association Archive (hereafter, the Archive). This information is drawn from manuscripts and video featuring one of the SF founders, Insoo Kim Berg, MSW. Archive video examples of Ms. Berg conducting supervision, therapy teams, and case consultation as well as unpublished manuscripts written by her provide unique opportunities to illustrate specific assumptions and techniques rarely seen before. The documents outline Ms. Berg's philosophy, assumptions, and techniques to conduct supervision, and the videos offer in vivo examples of her supervision and team/case consultation style. Together, the Archive materials offer a rich resource for a book that both informs and illustrates SFS.

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Dr. Frank Thomas is Professor of Counseling and Counselor Education, College of Education, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas USA. His books include Masters of Narrative and Collaborative Therapies: The Voices of Andersen, Anderson, and White (edited with Tapio Malinen and Scot J. Cooper, 2011), the Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Clinical Applications (edited with Thorana Nelson, 2007), Tales from Family Therapy: Life-Changing Clinical Experiences (also edited with Thorana Nelson, 1998), and Competency Based Counseling: Building on Client Strengths (authored with Jack Cockburn, 1998). He has authored over 80 articles and book chapters and has presented over 200 workshops in 13 different countries. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Frank is on the editorial boards of several international journals. He is a sensei (teacher) at Mizu Aikido dojo in Fort Worth and an internationally-published amateur photographer.

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As Solution-Focused (SF) Brief Therapy transformed the clinical world with its powerful present/future orientation and innovative techniques, it is no surprise that its approach should be applied to supervision. By contrast, what is surprising is the lack of consensus on what constitutes good SF supervisory practice."Solution"-"Focused" "Supervision" fills in the blanks, expanding on the approach and analyzing best practices for a unique "what works and why" guide to the supervisory relationship. Chapters examine how SF supervision differs from more traditional forms, the competencies needed for effective SF supervision, and why the approach is applicable to supervising professionals practicing most models of therapy. Real-life examples show the method at work in a variety of clinical settings. And at the same time, the common myth is laid to rest that any competent therapist can be a successful supervisor. This breakthrough book: Defines SF supervision in the context of systems thinking. Details key aspects of the SF supervision approach, including pragmatism, tentativeness, nonpathology, curiosity, and respect.Illustrates supervision dialogue and techniques with session transcripts from the work of the late Insoo Kim Berg, MSSW.Explores concepts and practices of promoting self-supervision within supervision.Includes extended applications, including parenting evaluations, addictions counseling, pastoral counseling, and more.Features a selection of ready-to-use appendices.Pragmatic and visionary, "Solution"-"Focused" "Supervision" will find an interested audience among mental health clinical and administrative supervisors, as well as professors and researchers in mental health fields.Praise for "Solution-Focused Supervision" Solution-Focused Supervision is one of the most significant contributions to the solution-focused literature in a long time. Lots of recent "SF" books are good, useful, and significant; however, each is still ultimately just another book about DOING solution-focused brief therapy. This book moves from doing therapy to supervising therapists and, as such, fills an important gap. The Practices chapter is gold!, and the thorough and helpful exploration of the goal-setting process in supervisionis enough for me to recommend this book to supervision colleagues. Solution-Focused Supervision reflects a quantum leap in solution-focused publications. Michael Durrant Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney Director, Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney Approved Supervisor, Psychology Board of Australia"

Table of contents

SF Supervision Stance.- Systems thinking and isomorphism.- The Insoo approach to SF Supervision.- SF Supervision Practices.- Tap on the shoulder: Supervision with Insoo Kim Berg.- Research and Supervision.- Applications.- Concluding thoughts.