As the average length of therapy shortens, clinicians need a resource to lead them step-by-step through the goals and process of the opening sessions of brief therapy as well as clear treatment maps for the most common presenting problems. This resource helps clinicians do just that and more, including doing a quick assessment and isolating and addressing the underlying emotional wounds that prevent families and couples from solving problems on their own. Readers will not only learn how to "think brief," they will also discover how to navigate the session process in an interactive and action-oriented way, even with clients who are in high-pressure, crisis situations.
Robert Taibbi is a licensed clinical social worker with forty-plus years' experience, primarily in community mental health working with couples and families as a clinician, supervisor, and clinical director. He is the author of nine books.
1. The Landscape of Brief 2. Core Concepts 3. Treatment Maps for Common Couple Problems 4. Treatment Maps for Common Family Problems 5. First Session Goals 6. First Session Process 7. Second Session and Beyond 8. Couple and Family Therapy Techniques and Tools 9. Integrating the Brief Approach into Your Own Therapeutic Style