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Solution-Focused Groupwork

Solution-Focused Groupwork

Second Edition
  • John Sharry - Mater Hospital & Brief Therapy Group, Dublin

October 2007 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the First Edition

"John Sharry has fluency with language that allows complexity to sit side by side with clarity and ideas to flow across the page. This is a book that must be read by anyone interested in front-line developments in solution-focused therapy."
—Chris Iveson, Brief Therapy Practice, London

"In a thoughtful, step-by-step, and easy-to-read fashion, John Sharry integrates the best from established principles of group therapy with recent advances in brief, strength-based, resiliency-oriented treatment approaches. A 'must read' for practitioners working with groups."
—Scott D. Miller, Co-Founder, Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change, Chicago

"This slim tautly written volume disguises an enormous practical treasure store to help group facilitators. Solution Focused Groupwork should be essential reading."
—Barbara Wilson, Family Mediation in Practice

"Enlightening, clearly written, and helpfully presented. . . The book echoes what Solution-Focused Groupwork is all about—being practical and optimistic about human potential."
—David Jaques, Author of Learning in Groups

Solution-Focused Groupwork, Second Edition is an innovative and highly practical guide for all professionals who use groups to help people. For those new to the approach it provides a clear, step-by-step introduction, while for more experienced practitioners it presents ideas and techniques which can be readily integrated into existing practice.

In this fully updated revision, including a brand new chapter on Supervision, John Sharry examines the therapeutic factors that characterize solution- focused groupwork and contribute to its effectiveness. Using carefully selected case studies and examples, he takes the reader through the various stages in the therapeutic process, from getting started to the final session. The book also provides creative exercises for use in practice, guidance on evaluating the outcomes of group work and also a model for group supervision for the facilitator. A real strength of the book is in showing practitioners how to create a constructive, positive, and solution-focused group culture and how to maintain this culture in spite of the challenges, tensions, and difficulties that naturally arise within groups.

Solution-Focused Groupwork, Second Edition is ideal for individual study and for use on courses in a wide range of fields, including counseling, social work, psychology, community work, and nursing as well as researchers and educators who use groupwork as a means of teaching and communicating ideas.
Groupwork and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
The Principles of Solution-Focused Groupwork
The Dynamics of Solution-Focused Groups
Designing a Solution-Focused Group
Engaging and Motivating Clients to Attend
The Stages of Solution-Focused Groupwork
Evaluating Groups: Ensuring They Remain on Target
Managing `Difficult' Groups
Creative Exercises to Enhance Group Process
Group Supervision
A Solution-Focused Reflecting Team Model


Very good book. While a lot of books on Solution Focused Brief Therapy are aimed toward one to one encounters this book is original in that it deals with SFBT with respect to groupwork. The book is well structured, contains good examples, case studies and dialouges. I would recommend this book to anyone that wishes to learn more about using SFBT in a group setting.

Dr Davy Walsh
Health Sciences, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
October 21, 2015

An excellent text providing clear and accessible exploration of group work and processes. It will facilitate students having greater knowledge of a contemporary focus in solution focussed work with clients on groups. It provides guidance on all aspects of group work, from conception, through design, and implantation and beyond.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
April 23, 2012

An excellent material that can be used in order to teach social work students with interest in mezzo-practice for a unique way to approach their clients' issues. It helps students and professionals to clearly understand the steps of designing and leading a solution-focus groups

Mr Gregory Neocleous
Human and Behavioral Sciences, European University Cyprus
November 9, 2009

New to the 2nd edition:

  • Chapter 4 has now been divided into two separate chapters which cover the important and fundamental areas of designing, recruiting and maintaining a solution-focused group
  • Now includes a new chapter on supervision
  • General updates and inclusions of new developments in soultion focussed therapy
  • Now includes case studies and examples from a range of client groups and professional contexts (e.g. children and adolescents, parents, community, adult mental health, etc).

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF of Chapter One

John Sharry

Dr. John Sharry is a Child and Family Psychotherapist at the Mater Hospital Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. He is also the co-developer of the award winning Parents Plus Programmes ( video based parenting courses ) as well as the Working Things Out Programme (a multimedia therapeutic resource for young people overcoming mental health problems) which are used extensively in mental health services and schools throughout Ireland.... More About Author

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