Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an effective goal-focused therapeutic approach that involves working in partnership with the client, and empowers them by focusing on their strengths and achievements, the present and future, rather than examining their inner world and past events. Drawing on over 20 years' of experience advising and training people in the caring professions, Barry Winbolt explains the basic steps involved in the SFBT approach and covers the organising principles, the main tools and how to become comfortable using them. The book also features consolidating exercises on the key steps in using the approach. This book is perfect for anyone working in a caring or support role, who do not think of themselves as a 'therapist' but who nevertheless use counselling or communication skills in helping and guiding their clients. "Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for the Helping Professions" will also be a useful addition to any experiences practitioner's library.
Introduction. Terminology.; Chapter 1. The Solution-Focused Approach.; Chapter 2. The Ingredients of Success.; Chapter 3. The key Assumptions of SFBT.; Chapter 4. SFBT Myths and Misunderstandings.; Chapter 5. The 'Building Blocks' of SFBT.; Chapter 6. The Working Relationship.; Chapter 7. Where to Start?; Chapter 8. Awareness of Language.; Chapter 9. Scaling.; Chapter 10. The First Session.; Chapter 11. Tasking and Assignments.; Chapter 12. How to Avoid getting Stumped. Exercises and Revision.; Exercise One - Goal Setting.; Exercise Two - Looking for Exceptions.; Exercise Three - Practice with Scales.; Exercise Four - Strengths and Resources.; Exercise Five - Positive and Negative Labels.; Exercise Six - The Miracle Question.; Exercise Seven - Simple Steps.; Exercise Eight - Consult the Expert. Sources. Further Reading, References and other Resources.