Solution-focused Therapy: The Basics


Sometimes a deep analysis of the client’s problem is necessary and useful. At other times, however, the client may be served better by a course of therapy which does not delve into past issues, but concentrates on finding timely solutions for the present and future. Solution-focused therapy is not only solution- and future-oriented, but also assumes that clients have within them the resources to solve their own problems; thus the therapy ‐ typically brief ‐ is about collaboratively setting up goals and then eliciting solutions from the client. This introductory course examines the chief assumptions and core concepts of solution-focused therapy and the stages in solution-focused treatment. It covers the principal solution-focused techniques and also evaluates the limitations and contributions of solution-focused approaches.



By successful completion of the course you should be able to: name the chief assumptions and core concepts of solution-focused therapy; delineate the stages in solution-focused treatment; describe the counselor's role and the counselor-client relationship in solution-focused approaches; explain the difference between change discourse, solution discourse, and strategy discourse; discuss how goals are formulated in the solution-focused modality; explain each of the principal solution-focused techniques, including pre-session change, problem-free talk, the miracle question, exception questions, do one thing different, scaling questions, coping questions, compliments, breaks, tasks, solution talk, presupposing change, and end of session feedback; discuss the state of the research into solution-focused therapy and name the main applications to which it has been put; identify the chief limitations and contributions of solution-focused therapy.




Level: 1

Duration (hrs): 3

Author: Dr Meg Carbonatto

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