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Solution-focused brief therapy uses a range of techniques underpinned by theoretical assumptions about people and what is helpful in promoting change through empowering them to take appropriate responsibility for their lives. This is an introductory book for people who wish to learn more about the theory and practice, particularly for those who wish to work in a helpful, empowering and hopeful way with people. It provides practice examples relevant to different professional contexts, as well as reflective exercises that help to illustrate how the approach works.
As solution-focused work developed in therapeutic contexts, many examples are drawn from encounters between counsellors in various settings and people who come to them by various routes. But importantly, the book also includes examples that show how solution-focused approaches can be used by social, care, community and justice workers going about their work in statutory and voluntary agencies with the different demands that these make. The language used within the book reflects this breadth.
Paperback. 120 pages. 978- 1-905541-18-8. Published 2007. £14.95.
Students, lecturers and practitioners across the human services, including social work and social care; youth and community work; criminal and community justice work; counselling; advice work; housing; and aspects of health care.
The theoretical background of solution-focused approachesWhat are solution-focused approaches?
Theoretical influences on solution-focused approaches
Differences between traditional and solution-focused approaches
Practice principles, assumptions and techniques
Practice principles and assumptions
Beginning a solution-focused session: the problem
Developing goals: the miracle question
Exceptions, strengths and successes; scaling questions
Feedback and subsequent sessions: evaluating sessions
Discrimination and oppression
Anti-oppressive practice theory
Solution-focused approaches and anti-oppressive practice
Outcome studies and guide to further learning
Steve Myers is Director of The Salford Centre for Social Work Research at the University of Salford. He has worked in community, youth and social work with children and young people who have offended and their families. He is the co-author with Judith Milner of Sexual Issues in Social Work (BASW/Policy 2007) and Working with Violence: Policies and Practices in Risk Assessment and Management (Palgrave 2007).
"Importantly, the book also includes examples that show how solution-focused approaches can be used by social, care, community and justice workers going about their work in statutory and voluntary agencies with the different demands that these make." ChildRIGHT.
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