This textbook shows how any conversation directed towards change can become a solution-focused one, whether in planned series of sessions with individuals, families, groups, or in the less structured contexts in which many helping professionals work.
Full of real-life case examples and stimulating activities, this will be an invaluable guide to anyone wanting to develop their skills in this empowering approach. This textbook is a comprehensive and accessible guide for anyone who wishes to incorporate solution-focused practice.
Originating in the world of talking therapies, the adaptability and usability of solution-focused practice is already used by many practitioners in health, social care and educational settings.
Guy Shennan is a solution-focused practitioner, consultant and trainer. First using solution-focused practice as a social worker during the 1990s, he now practises and teaches the approach widely in the UK and beyond.
1. Introduction.- 2. The Solution-Focused Process.- 3. Contracting.- 4. Description I: The Preferred Future.- 5. Description II: Instances.- 6. Bridging the Preferred Future and Its Instances: Scaling Questions.- 7. Acknowledgement and Possibility: Coping Questions and More.- 8. Putting It All Together.- 8. Applications and Adaptations.- 10. Becoming a Solution-Focused Practitioner