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The Change from Problem Solving to Solution Creating
This paper discusses Solution-Focused Therapy, summarizing the view of pathology/normality, key concepts, major tenets, and techniques in Solution Focused Therapy.
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This paper explores eight published references that discuss the results from research conducted by various therapists on the validity of Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). The studies vary in the way that they combine SFT with either brief therapy, group therapy, or both. De Shazer and Berg (2008) suggest that the success SFT has is based on the fact that it can be tailored specifically to the client, even if it is in a group setting or with a client who has been mandated to attend therapy. Another article by Cepeda and Davenport (2006) used Person-Centered Therapy to get their client to a level of confidence where SFT would benefit then. This paper examines the major tenets, concepts, and techniques of the theory created by Berg and De Jong.

From the Paper:

"Solution focused therapy is based upon a social constructionist philosophy that clients problems are not puzzles. The view of pathology, how problems develop in this theory, is not based on diagnoses. Solution focused therapies approach is less focused on the "whys" and more on enabling the clients to concentrate on solutions. This theory emphasizes that clients are stuck with a complaint, but that does not mean that they are sick like the typical medical model. A client is not defined by their symptoms."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cepeda, L.M., Davenport, D.S. (2006). Person-centered therapy and solution focused brief therapy: an integration of present and future awareness. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Trainings, 43(1), 1-12.
  • De Shazer, S. (1988). Clues: Investigating solutions in brief therapy. New York: Norton.
  • De Shazer, S., Dolan, Y.M., Korman, H., Trepper, T.S., & McCollum, E.E. (2006). More than Miracles: the state of the art of solution focused therapy. New York: Haworth Press.
  • De Jong, P., & Berg, I. (2008). Interviewing for solutions (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole
  • Haley, M. (2004). Theories of counseling: Solution-focused brief therapy [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from

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