In this engaging guide, Matthew Selekman presents cutting-edge strategies for helping children and their families overcome a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges. Vivid case material illustrates how to engage clients rapidly and implement interventions that elicit their strengths. Integrating concepts and tools from a variety of therapeutic traditions, Selekman describes creative applications of interviewing, family art and play, postmodern and narrative techniques, and positive psychology. He highlights ways to promote spontaneity, fun, and new possibilities - especially with clients who feel stuck in longstanding difficulties and entrenched patterns of interaction. The book updates and refines the approach originally presented in Selekman's acclaimed Solution-Focused Therapy with Children. This book will be extremely useful for social workers, family therapists, clinical child and school psychologists, counselors, and child and adolescent psychiatrists, as well as serving as an excellent supplemental text in graduate-level courses.
Expanding the Possibilities: A Collaborative Strengths-based Brief Therapy Approach with Children. The Collaborative Strengths-based Family Assessment Session. Interviewing for Change: Co-creating Compelling Future Realities with Children and Their Families. Finding Fit: Guidelines for Therapeutic Experiment Design, Selection, and Implementation. Curious George Meets Dr. Seuss: Family Play and Art Therapy Strategies. Bringing Out the Best in Children: A Solution-oriented Parenting Approach. Optimizing Therapeutic Cooperation in the Second and Subsequent Sessions. Co-constructing Change: Hosting Collaborative Meetings with Allies from Larger Systems. Collaborating Successfully with School Professionals. Establishing Successful Family-oriented Primary Care Partnerships with Pediatricians. From Therapeutic Black Holes to Possibilities: Resolving Complex Child Treatment Dilemmas. Collaborative Strengths-based Brief Therapy and Beyond: Major Themes and Implications for the Future.