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Beyond Technique in Solution-Focused Therapy : Working with Emotions and the Therapeutic Relationship - Eve Lipchik

Beyond Technique in Solution-Focused Therapy

Working with Emotions and the Therapeutic Relationship

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Solution-focused therapy is often misunderstood to be a one-size-fits-all approach. This book adds a vital dimension to the literature by showing how attention to emotional issues and the therapeutic alliance, traditionally not emphasized in brief, strengths-based work, can help "unstick" difficult situations and pave the way to successful solutions. Using extensive case material, and drawing on the theories of Harry Stack Sullivan, Milton Erickson, and Humberto Maturana, Eve Lipchik brings to life not only what an experienced clinician does at particular moments in therapy, but why. Addressed are such vital questions as what to respond to and what to ignore in a solution-focused interview; what to do when clients do not respond to positive, future-oriented questions or goal definition; how to formulate the message and task at the end of the session; and how to apply the model to different populations and situations.

"At last, someone has written a book that integrates the practical simplicity of solution-focused work with the crucial presence of emotion and relationship. Eve Lipchik liberates our understanding of feelings from cumbersome theoretical frameworks, and shows how they are a basic currency in the therapeutic exchange. This book is eminently practical and theoretically illuminating. I highly recommend it." - Stephen Gilligan, author of Therapeutic Trances and The Courage to Love "Rarely does a book convey its message so well or so strongly ... This book shows that when therapists listen to and talk about struggle and emotion - as well as strengths and hope - clients make their own changes. Eve Lipchik writes like she works, sensitively weaving her ideas through many case examples and applications, from the emotionally overwhelmed individual to violent couples, crisis situations, and long-term situations. Treat yourself to the richness and practical wisdom of her experience and perspective." - John Walter and Jane Peller, authors of Recreating Brief Therapy "In this clear yet clinically and theoretically sophisticated volume, Eve Lipchik dispels all the stereotypes of solution-focused therapy (SFT), so that even SFT skeptics will want to give the model a second look. Her version cherishes the uniqueness of clients, is nonformulaic, emotion-focused, and privileges the client-therapist relationship over technique. For Lipchik, SFT goes slowly; clients, not therapists, determine when they want to talk about solutions. Replete with rich case illustrations (which heretofore I would have assumed to be 'too complex' for SFT), the volume has left me with the imprint of a master teacher and clinician and has greatly enriched my practice." - Douglas H. Sprenkle, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Purdue University, USA "In this inclusive, simply written book, studded with clinical stories like raisins in a cake, Lipchik walks the reader through a deeply unusual approach to solution-focused therapy. She has broadened the theoretical base to include the idea of love as a biological given, and adds concern for emotions to the clinician's repertory. Links are made to Sullivanian theory and to practical humanism, creating a user-friendly path to guide more traditionally trained psychotherapists. This book is a gift for therapists of all stripes and a 'must-have' for training programs and libraries." - Lynn Hoffman, author of Foundations of Family Therapy "An excellent book for both novice and practiced therapists. My graduate students found this book extremely helpful in guiding them through their first therapy sessions. Lipchik does a wonderful job of integrating emotion and relationship into the practice of solution-focused therapy. What makes this book exceptional is its combination of candid writing, insightful case material, and commentary that applies the theory and techniques across several therapeutic modalities. I highly recommend it." - Elise Cole, Department of Psychology, California State University, USA

Theory and Practice
A Theory of Solution-Focused Therapyp. 3
Beyond Technique to Theoryp. 9
A Brief Historical Detourp. 10
A Solution-Focused Theoryp. 14
Solution-Focused Assumptionsp. 14
Conclusionp. 22
The Therapist-Client Relationshipp. 24
Research Findingsp. 25
The Solution-Focused Therapist-Client Relationshipp. 25
The Emotional Climatep. 26
The Client's Positionp. 27
The Therapist's Positionp. 27
Dual-Track Thinkingp. 31
Case Example: Laurap. 33
Understanding Clientsp. 44
Hearing versus Listeningp. 44
Meaningp. 45
Problem Talk versus Solution Talkp. 47
Content versus Processp. 49
Case Example: Mariep. 51
Emotions in Solution-Focused Therapyp. 62
Emotions versus Behaviorp. 64
Using Emotions to Facilitate Solutionsp. 65
Case Example: Bettyp. 65
Case Example: Neilp. 70
Using Our Own Emotions to Help Clients Find Solutionsp. 73
Case Example: Sandra and Her Daughtersp. 73
Emotions and the Summation Messagep. 76
Conclusionp. 76
The Process of Clarifying Goalsp. 78
Goals versus Solutionsp. 79
The Task of Clarifying Goalsp. 79
Clarifying Goals: The Processp. 80
Goals and Emotionsp. 81
Case Example: Marilynp. 82
Decision-Making Goalsp. 95
The Client Whose Goal Is to Change Someone Else's Behaviorp. 97
Conclusionp. 98
The Team Behind the Mirror and the Consultation Breakp. 99
Benefits for the Therapistp. 100
Benefits for the Clientsp. 101
Introducing the Team and the Breakp. 102
Pragmatics of Teamwork and the Breakp. 103
Team Processp. 104
The Dual Perspective of Clientsp. 104
Teamwork and the Emotional Climatep. 105
The Summation Message and the Suggestionp. 108
The Summation Messagep. 108
The Suggestionp. 113
Conclusionp. 121
Applications
Couple Therapyp. 127
The Assessmentp. 129
The Therapyp. 133
Conclusionp. 143
Family Therapyp. 144
Assessmentp. 144
Families with Children or Adolescentsp. 145
Structuring the Conversationp. 146
Case Example: The T Familyp. 146
Parents Who Do Not Want to Be Involvedp. 151
Meeting Alone with the Childp. 151
Case Example: Troyp. 152
Mediating between Children and Parentsp. 155
Families with Aging Parents and/or Adult Siblingsp. 156
Conclusionp. 157
Working with Involuntary Clientsp. 158
What Defines a Client as Involuntary?p. 161
The Therapist-Client Relationshipp. 162
Cooperating with Clientsp. 164
Emotionsp. 165
Use of Techniquesp. 165
The Treatment Systemp. 166
Case Example: Consultation with Beap. 168
Conclusionp. 175
Long-Term Casesp. 176
Termination: The Client's Problemp. 178
Termination: The Therapist's Problemp. 179
Case Example: Consultation with Joep. 179
Therapist's Self-Evaluation for Terminationp. 182
Clients with Chronic Problemsp. 183
Case Example: Virginiap. 183
Case Example: The Man Who Heard Voicesp. 188
Adjustment to Disabilityp. 193
Case Example: Carolp. 193
Conclusionp. 196
The Solution-Focused Approach to Crisisp. 198
Diverse Responses to Crisisp. 198
What Is Crisis?p. 199
The Need to Wear Two Hatsp. 200
Case Example: Randyp. 201
Urgencyp. 206
Listeningp. 207
A Tight Time Framep. 208
Case Example: Philipp. 208
Conclusionp. 212
Final Thoughtsp. 213
Referencesp. 215
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9781572307643
ISBN-10: 1572307641
Series: The Guilford Family Therapy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 31st May 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.42