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Skills in Solution Focused Brief Counselling and Psychotherapy

Skills in Solution Focused Brief Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Paul Hanton - Independent practitioner, consultant and trainer

May 2011 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In recent years Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) has emerged as the therapy of choice for many health and social care professionals. Its simplicity and brevity means it is effective, economical and adaptable across many settings, and it also has a strong evidence base.

As part of the bestselling SAGE Skills in Counseling & Psychotherapy series, this book is one of the first to focus specifically on SFBT skills and practice. Aimed at those new to the approach and as a refresher to those that have started using SFBT, it covers the key techniques and interventions. Structured step-by-step along the lines of an actual therapy session, the book can be dipped into or read cover-to-cover. It covers:

- Assumptions, expectations and ways of working

- The role of the Solution Focused Brief Therapist

- The Miracle Question, scaling, tasks

- Ending sessions and closures.

Supported by case studies, therapeutic dialogue, hints and tips, exercises and points for reflection, the book is an ideal companion for any counseling, health or social care trainee who plans to practice Solution Focused Brief Therapy in today's time-constrained settings. It will also be a valuable guide for those qualified in the caring professions and who wish to refresh the way that they work.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT): Skills, Assumptions and Ways of Working
Openings in SFBT and the Role of the Therapist
Pre-Session Change, Exceptions and Coping Questions
The Use of Scales in SFBT
Co-Creating Preferred Futures
End of Sessions, Tasks and Feedback
Subsequent Sessions and Closures in SFBT
What Next?
Appendix 1. Photocopiable Resources
Appendix 2. Useful Booklist and Websites

This will prove a useful text for those studying mental health nursing pre-registration. It is clear and informative and guides the reader in the use of this approach in practice.

Mrs Sharon Pagett
School of Nursing, Central Lancashire University
July 12, 2011

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