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Building Strengths and SkillsA Collaborative Approach to Working with Clients$
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Jacqueline Corcoran

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154306.001.0001

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Solution-Focused Therapy

Solution-Focused Therapy

(p.5) 1 Solution-Focused Therapy
Building Strengths and Skills


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This chapter provides an overview of solution-focused therapy, an approach that emphasizes the strengths people bring and how these can be applied to the change process. The theoretical roots of solution-focused therapy, the underlying assumptions of the approach, and the research on solution-focused therapy are discussed. The main focus of the chapter is on solution-focused techniques, such as the purposive use of language, joining with the client to foster collaborative work, exploring non-problem situations for solutions, creating a future without the problem, and scaling interventions for goal-setting and measuring progress.

Keywords:   exception-finding, miracle question, scaling, relationship questions, change process, language, non-problem situations

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