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Learning Solution-Focused Therapy : An Illustrated Guide

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Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide bridges the gap between the traditional medical model of problem-focused assessment and treatment and the newer, increasingly popular strength-based treatment approach. The author's objective is to provide another therapeutic dimension, thus enhancing problem-focused treatment and supporting competency in this strength-based modality. Psychiatrists, pediatricians, family practitioners, nurses, and other mental health providers will appreciate the how-to focus of the text, its compelling, case-based approach to learning, and its informal, conversational writing style. The book's structure and features are designed to facilitate learning:  The book begins with an overview of the core tenets of solution-focused therapy, starting with solution-focused case review and examining both solution-focused core assumptions and core questions. This helps the reader understand the foundation of this modality and put it into context. A primary objective is building the skills necessary to effective solution-based therapy, and the book includes instruction on conducting a solution-focused interview, establishing a framework of strengths and resources, developing a yes-set, negotiating goals, amplifying ambivalence, and dealing with crisis.  Solution-focused techniques are integrated within supervision and consultation, an approach that clinicians who work with students and residents, and supervisors who work within agencies will find immensely useful. Solution-focused psychopharmacotherapy and addiction therapy merit complete chapters, providing information that clinicians will find invaluable when applying solution-focused techniques in these situations. The case illustrations vividly render the dialogue of patient and therapist, and are accompanied by detailed explanations and commentary in italics to help the reader learn how to practice this model of treatment.  Companion videos (available online) present commonly used techniques that illustrate key features of solution-focused therapy in a compelling and enlightening way. Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide provides learning exercises and case illustrations that will help the reader implement practical strategies immediately with patients, students, supervisees and trainees. Practical, engaging, and evidence-based, this book will enhance the clinician's ability to connect with and help the patient in a positive way.show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 18mm | 439.99g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 1 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585624527
  • 9781585624522
  • 807,463

About Anne Lutz

Anne Bodmer Lutz, M.D., is Director of Training for the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy. She was trained by the founders of solution-focused therapy, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer, and has provided training seminars with Insoo Kim Berg and Yvonne Dolan. Dr. Lutz is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. She is also medical director of a residential treatment center for adolescent girls suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders that integrates solution-focused approaches within their treatment. She provides direct clinical supervision, teaching, and training to psychiatric residents and psychology interns, and conducts training workshops in solution-focused approaches for community-based organizations. She also has a private practice providing solution-focused psychiatric treatment to children and families.show more

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Solution-focused therapy is an evidenced-based practice that focuses on creating conversations that build solutions, rather than solve problems. Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide teaches readers how to practice and become competent in conducting solution-focused therapy, an area of growing interest as the emphasis on brief therapy increases. Critical to the book's learning strategy is the generous use of case illustrations that are detailed, rich, and instructive without being overly didactic. The case approach provides an effective means for seeing concepts put into practice, and since medicine is becoming more patient-focused, the solution-focused therapy model is highly relevant. Organized to show how a solution-focused interview is conducted, the book presents the basic model and goes on to apply this model in psychopharmacology, addiction, supervision and consultation. Each chapter combines readings, solution-focused questions, case illustrations, learning exercises and video demonstrations (available online), which together constitute a comprehensive course in this therapeutic modality. Moreover, the author's conversational writing style makes the tenets and techniques accessible and interesting to a wide variety of clinicians. Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide will appeal to clinicians who wish to enhance their skills and support their patients' growth in a positive way.show more

Table of contents

About the AuthorPrefaceAcknowledgmentsVideo GuideChapter 1. Introduction to Solution-Focused TherapyChapter 2. Beginning With Strengths and ResourcesChapter 3. The Yes-SetChapter 4. Language Skills in Solution-Focused TherapyChapter 5. Scaling Questions and the Miracle QuestionChapter 6. Solution-Focused Goal NegotiationChapter 7. Other Useful Solution-Focused QuestionsChapter 8. Solution-Focused AssessmentChapter 9. Solution-Focused Psychopharmacotherapy Chapter 10. Solution-Focused Therapy With AddictionChapter 11. Solution-Focused Supervision Chapter 12. Solution-Focused Consultation Chapter 13. ConclusionAppendix: Rating ScalesMood AssessmentChild Attention Profileshow more

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