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Solution Focused Brief Therapy
This paper discuses solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), a projective approach based on psychotherapy.
# 100629 | 1,510 words | 5 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Jan 16, 2008 in Psychology (Therapies)

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This paper examines the number of systematic steps in solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), which is based on a sustained client relationship rather than the problem itself. The author points out that Steve de Shazer designed the therapy to focus on patient's previous experiences, methods and means of problem solving. The paper explains that, in SFBT, the patient and therapist establish a relationship based on knowledge learned through questions and interviewing during sessions held to establish goals for treatment. The author relates that a miracle question is used in the therapy to assist the patient in evaluating thinking habits and to offer a solution based on alternative circumstances.

From the Paper:

"Scaling questions are very effective when working with children. Children are very visually motivated so the use of visual aids helps the child in placing images with their thoughts and words. The third type of question is known as the "exception finding questions'. The thoughts of SFBT teach that when a problem occurs in an individual life that there is always an exception. The therapist attempts to have the patient find the exception, or circumstances and specific happenings that surround the problem. The importance of understanding the "exceptions" of the problem is that the patient can compare and change the events for the future."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cepeda, L., & Davenport, D. (2006). Person-Centered Therapy And Solution-Focused Brief Therapy : An Integration Of Present And Future Awareness. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 43(1), 1-12.
  • Christensen, D. N., Todahl, J., & Barrett, W. C. (1999). Solution-Based Casework: An Introduction to Clinical and Case Management Skills in Casework Practice. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.
  • Hoyt, M. June 1996. Brief Therapy and Managed Care: Readings for Contemporary Practice. New York: Wiley.
  • Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. April 2006. Steve De Shazer and The Future of Solution - Focused Therapy. 21 November 2006.
  • Perkins, R. June 2006. The effectiveness of one session of therapy using a single-session therapy approach for children and adolescents with mental health problems. Psychology and psychotherapy; 2006 Jun; 79(Pt 2); p. 215-27

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