Doing What Works in Brief Therapy: A Strategic Solution Focused Approach (Practical Resources for the Mental Health Professional)

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The first of its kind, Doing What Works in Brief Therapy is a guidebook to strategic solution focused therapy, a model which combines the principles and techniques of the Mental Research Institute's brief strategic therapy and the Brief Family Therapy Center's solution focused therapy. The book explains how the strategic emphasis on clarification of the problem and interruption of what does not work can complement and enhance the solution-focused emphasis on amplification of what does work. The text reviews the theory and presents specific treatment techniques. Case examples illustrate how the model has been used in brief, intermittent, and single-session therapy in a managed care setting.
Brief psychotherapy doesn't have to result in chronic frustration for the therapist or superficial, second-rate care for the client. This book presents an approach that is upbeat, practical, and eminently workable in managed care. The reader learns to focus on critical issues with exquisite precision and to construct creative, individualized interventions that amplify what works and interrupt what does not.

Key Features
* Integrates strategic therapy and solution focused therapy
* Includes guidelines for intervention and when to do what
* Provides applications for couples: indications for separate or joint sessions
* Considers both therapy and medication as successful and unsuccessful solutions
* Features excerpts and clinically rich examples

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What's the trouble?
If it works, do more of it.
If it doesn't work, do something different.
This is the theme of strategic solution focused therapy, a model that integrates brief strategic therapy's emphasis on clarification of problems with solution focused therapy's emphasis on amplification of solutions.
Doing What Works in Brief Therapy addresses the critical balance between change and acceptance in difficult life situations-and in psychotherapy. Doing what works and changing what does not is both the goal for the client and the task for the therapist. Therapy that follows these guidelines validates the client's most important concerns-and it turns out to be surprisingly brief.
Key Features
* Integrates strategic therapy and solution focused therapy
* Includes guidelines for intervention and "when to do what"
* Provides applications for couples: indications for separate or joint sessions
* Considers both therapy and medication as successful and unsuccessful solutions
* Features excerpts and clinically rich examples

About the Author:

Ellen K. Quick, Ph.D., earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has practiced psychology for over twenty years, specializing in brief psychotherapy. Since 1981, Dr. Quick has worked at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California.

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