Solution-focused approaches

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By Steve Myers

Large format paperback, 120 pages

Published 2007

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:

  • PART ONE - outlines the theoretical influences on solution-focused approaches and contrasts them with more traditional approaches. It allows the reader to think about what informs their current practice and how a solution-focused approach may be different, giving ideas for developing practice in a reflective way
  • PART TWO - outlines the practice principles and techniques involved in solution-focused work, using an interview structure that provides logical flow to the ide
  • PART THREE - discussed the relevance and exemplifies the use of solution-focused approaches to anti-oppressive practice
  • PART FOUR - outlines some outcome studies and evidence for effectiveness of solution-focused approaches, with a further section on useful websites and further reading

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.

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).


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