What is Solution-Focused Therapy?
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) is a unique, goal-directed therapy aimed at helping clients regain autonomy by determining and achieving their own goals. Solution focused therapists encourage clients to focus on solutions, not problems, and help clients effectively plan how to reach their goals. Unlike other therapies, SFT holds an abiding belief in clients' abilities to know what is best for them, rather than have a therapist tell them.
Why this book?
This book not only provides an overview of the Solution Focused therapy model, its basic tenets, and theories; it also presents intimate interviews with expert practitioners-all of whom use SFT in their own practice.
To this end, the book offers a wealth of insight into the theory and practice of SFT, to help practitioners decide whether SFT is right for them and their clients. These experts offer details of their apprehensions, goals, breakthroughs, and overall experiences with the therapy. The team of expert contributors includes Eve Lipchik, Yvonne Dolan, Alasdair Macdonald, Thorana Nelson, and many more.
Questions the experts address include:
Elliott Connie, MA, LPC, is a Texas-based psychotherapist in private practice and the founder/director of The Solution-Focused University, an online learning community that trains and provides resources for professionals who want to master the Solution Focused approach in their work. Over the course of his 15-year clinical career, Elliott has successfully worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and families using a solution-focused model to help them achieve their desired outcomes. He is an experienced speaker who has gained international recognition for training hundreds of practitioners throughout the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia on the solution-focused treatment model. Elliott is the author/co-author of four books, including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Clients Managing Trauma (Oxford University Press, 2018), The Solution focused Marriage: 5 Simple Habits That Will Bring Out the Best in Your Relationship (The Connie Institute, 2012), Solution Building in Couples Therapy (Springer, 2012), and The Art of Solution Focused Therapy (Springer, 2009).
Financial: Elliott Connie is the founder of The Solution Focused Universe and maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as a published author. Elliott Connie receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ellicott Connie is a member of the American Counselor Association and the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association.
LINDA METCALF, PhD, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and supervisor, licensed professional counselor and supervisor, and a certified school counselor. She has been in private practice over 20 years. Dr. Metcalf is the author of nine books on Solution-Focused Therapy and one book on marriage and family therapy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Baylor University, her Master of Education degree in School Counseling from Texas Christian University, and her Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman's University. She is a professor at Texas Wesleyan University, where she is director of the School Counseling Program. She has served as president of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, been a board member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (A.A.M.F.T.), and is the current president of A.A.M.F.T.
Financial: Linda Metcalf maintains a private practice. She is a professor at Texas Wesleyan University. Dr. Metcalf receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Linda Metcalf is president of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
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