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Solution focused therapy

  1. 1. Solution Focused Therapy Course: Working with Families February 10, 2012 Group Project presented by Kyle McNair, Linda Ellison and Lesley Smith
  2. 2. Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) • Focuses on solutions rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy. • Offers a connection between strategic theories and language theories • Emphasizes the need for clients to have clear and concise goals.
  3. 3. Steve deShaver And Insoo Berg • Co-Developed SFT • Research for SFT based from the Brief Therapy Center in Milwaukee 177
  4. 4. Eve Lipchik • Clinician affliated with BFTC • Developed a controversial model for working with domestic violence • Differs from most therapy models because the batterer is included in the sessions Picture: http://www.icfconsultants.com/lipchik. htm 177
  5. 5. Michelle Weiner-Davis • Her book, Divorce Busting is addressed to couples. • Known for including the following phrase in therapy: “Do a one-eighty” • If what a person is doing is not working, then he or she is advised to do the opposite. Picture: http://www.sideroad. com/images/michele_davis.jpg
  6. 6. SFT Therapist Optimistic Approach to Therapy • Starts session by discussing anything that is not related to the client’s issues, (weather, job, school etc..). • Avoids confrontation or disagreements • Asks a series of questions designed to retrieve exceptions to the problem. Pg. 178
  7. 7. Bill O’Hanlon • Hypnotist that combined the ideas of his teacher, Hypnosist Milton Erickson with the SFT. • Ideas based on the phenomenon, Naturalistic Trance • Uses language that matches the client’s language • • ex: Client- “I see him failing.” Therapist- “ It looks bleak to you.” Pg. 178
  8. 8. Compliments • Validation and acknowledgements by the therapist encourages the client to change his or her way of thinking, while giving the message that the therapist has been listening and cares(pg. 178). • Helps to point out what the client is doing that is working • Encourages self compliment by inviting the client to describe a situation where he or she did something productive to correct the problem http://www.psychotherapy. net/data/uploads/4c6522b7d1927.mp4
  9. 9. Example of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) Conducted by Insoo Berg In this clip, Berg demonstrates the SFBT she used in marriage counseling http://www.psychotherapy.net/data/uploads/4c6522b7d1927.mp4
  10. 10. Discussion More to Come • SFT Therapists assigns formula tasks for married couples to try at home.
  11. 11. Summary • SFT is factual, cognitive, and easily teachable. • It is clear, concise and obtains an optimistic view of people. • Refers to the past only to gain insight on exceptions to the problem • Therapist praises the client’s accomplishments and strengths

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