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Solution-Focused Therapy

Solution-Focused Therapy

Third Edition

Other Titles in:
Brief Therapy

October 2012 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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Struggling with the intricacies of Solution-Focused theory, skills or practice? Wanting to learn more about providing brief, practically-based solution-focused interventions across many therapeutic settings? As part of the popular Brief Therapies Series, this long awaited Third Edition will tell you all you need to know about Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) and more!

This popular introduction takes you step-by-step through the counseling process, providing insight into how to structure and manage your therapeutic work in ways that are grounded in Solution-Focused principles.

This book includes:

  • A detailed introduction to the theory and practice of 'brief' therapy
  • A discussion of the foundations of SFT
  • Exercises to use with clients and/or trainees
  • Brand new case examples relating theory directly to practice
  • An insightful reflection on the journey of the practitioner

From leading Solution-Focused expert Bill O'Connell, this book will not only provide practical guidelines and theoretical background for the beginner but support and inspiration for the more experienced.

Harvey Ratner
Alasdair J Macdonald
Preface to the Third Edition
Brief Therapy
Foundations of SFT
Overview of the Model
The First Session
Second Sessions and beyond: Keeping the Focus on Solutions
The Solution-Focused Journey
Solution-Focused Supervision
Frequently Asked Questions about SFT
An Integrative Solution-Focused Approach
Tips and Exercises for Using the SF Approach
Appendix: Solution-Focused Resources

A very good overview of SFT which gives students sufficient information about this theoretical approach to further their interest in this approach.

Mrs Suzan Flannery
Counselling, Bromley College of FE & HE
November 21, 2013

This is a great book for students and i always highly recommend it for its ease to dip in and out. It is useful for all areas of practice as the examples can be modified to suit any. Students coming for tutorials are familiar with the terminology as we are always enabling them to be 'solution focussed', therofere they relate well to the terminolgy used in the book. This updated version continues to be a useful 'keep on me' book.

Mrs Jackie Robertson
School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University
October 29, 2013

Provides a good introduction to the application of brief therapy, regardless of theoretical model.

Mr Tony Moynihan
Health and Care, Colchester Institute
March 8, 2013

This is a great book for those wanting to use this deceptively easy yet complex therapy. The book is very useful for those wanting to explore a strengths based approach and is a really useful addition to the social work tool kit.

Ms Sarah Cresswell
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Hull University
December 11, 2012

Preserves the overall structure and intention of the original text, but includes

  • New ideas about the SF process clearly illustrated.
  • New chapter on The Solution Focused Journey which brings to life those initial experiences that every student new to SFT will face.
  • New chapter on tips and exercises for practitioners which has made the new edition much more skills/ action-focused. This new chapter sends the reader away with a set of practical hints and tips that they will be able to put into practice right away.
  • Updated references.

Bill O'Connell

Bill O'Connell is one of the UK’s leading experts in the Solution Focused approach. He has the reputation of being an outstanding communicator who consistently delivers exceptional training events. Bill’s background is in social work, youth work, lecturing, counselling and management. Bill is the author of: Solution-Focused Therapy (1998/second edition 2005) and Solution-Focused Stress Counselling (2001). He co-edited with Professor Stephen Palmer The Handbook of Solution-Focused Therapy (2003) and with whom he is currently co-authoring Solution Focused Coaching. More About Author

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