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Brief Coaching for Lasting Solutions
Coaching can be defined as "Comfortably bringing important people from where they are to where they want to be." Instead of imposing or importing solutions that are unfamiliar to those who want to go from here to there, coaches can bring out the client’s hidden resources to find lasting solutions.
Full of real life cases and situations that are described in easy to read style and free of jargon, this small book is filled with useful techniques, tips, exercises, and reminders that you can use immediately and repeatedly.
Classroom Solutions: WOWW Coaching
Solution-Building Step-by-Step guide to working with one class at a time instead of with one child at a time, thus creating realistic and practical solutions in the classroom.
Many real life examples that give you a clear view of how to intervene with teachers and students.
Classroom Solutions: WOWW Approach
Solution-Building Practice goes to the classroom! Piloted by special education teachers at the New Rivers Middle School, this WOWW (Working on What Works) program is an innovative program that is easy to learn and immediately brings positive responses from students.
This small handbook describes what a group of innovative and dedicated teachers of a large middle school in an urban setting found that works. It is filled with practical wisdom, gems of quick tips, reminders, many "how to" techniques, and it answers questions from the classroom that are field-tested by teachers.
A must read for teachers, school administrators, counselors, social workers and other mental health professionals who work with children in schools. Many simple to understand and practical techniques will make a teacher’s life easier and children feel empowered.
Using numerous case examples and dialogues, many step-by-step techniques of non-verbal communication tools that children are familiar with, this book is filled with practical ideas on utilizing children’s solutions.
Interviewing for Solutions, 4th edition (2012)
Major changes to this fourth edition include a substantial reorganization of the section on interviewing skills, a significantly updated presentation of the research support for solution focused brief therapy, and invaluable insights into solution focused therapeutic conversation from the field of microanalysis.
The book is organized to provide you with a thorough, detailed introduction to the solution-focused approach. Students love its easy to read, informal style and practical suggestions that guide them through the complexities of useful interviewing, even in the most difficult situations.
Also available: Companion DVD, offered separately. See the DVD page for more information.
Free downloads of the Instructor's Guide and the Learner's Workbook can be found on the Downloads page.
Tales of Solutions: A Collection of Hope-Inspiring Stories
"This wonderfully optimistic book strikes a perfect balance between a jargon-free and reasoned introduction to the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy model and a moving journey through turning point episodes in the lives of people from all over the world.
By means of a wide range of illustrative material, Berg and Dolan demonstrate that therapists recognize that their clients know what best will fit their needs, the possible solutions to be found in every impossible situation. By inspiring both therapists and their clients to expect the unexpected, they show how little it takes for people to begin to heal themselves."
Professor Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
Building Solutions in Child Protective Services
How does one change the attitudes and practices of Child Protective Services - often overwhelmed and understaffed? This book has two parts: in the first, the authors put CPS in historical context; and in the second part, they will walk you through the nuts and bolts of implementation of changes from the first phone call to case closing, including discussion about placing a child out of home. Berg and Kelly also discuss supervision, consultation and on-going training as well as their vision of the future of CPS.
This book is NOT a manual. Rather, it is a challenge for practitioners to step out of the traditional CPS "box" and think differently, to create client-driven services that make sense and ultimately are more helpful and respectful to the families and, most of all, ensure the safety of children. Easy to read style, free of jargon.
This is a manual introducing the Solution-Focused approach to working with substance abusers in the managed care climate. Stressing solutions, rather than pathology, client's strengths and their strategies for past successes, this manual shows you step-by-step ways to help clients heal themselves. The outcome is a respectful and collaborative way to work with even those who are mandated to treatment by their families, employers and DWI. This book contains many useful forms, session outlines, numerous quick tips and questions from the field most audiences ask during workshops and training sessions.
Words Were Originally Magic
A drastic departure from his characteristically minimalist style, Steve examines and quotes Freud in addition to Sherlock Holmes. His study of Freud naturally gives him a very different understanding of Freud's work that may surprise you. When Steve studies what Freud actually said ("Words were originally magic") he concludes that one must listen to what is actually said during therapeutic conversations, and not to "read between the lines."
But the heart of this book is in the detailed conversations between therapists and clients that show Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in action. The many transcripts show how words once again become magical for both therapist and client. Therapists who are interested in "therapeutic conversations" will find this book a valuable resource.
Family Based Services
Written for those who work "in the trenches" of child welfare and in-home therapy, this book gives step-by-step descriptions of how to apply the principles of solution-building with families experiencing overwhelming problems. This book will help you reclaim the original reason you have entered the human services; to make a difference in client's lives.
Numerous case examples may break your heart, but Insoo describes the detailed procedures of working with such cases with warmth, wisdom and humanity. The outcome of asking questions, from a posture of "not-knowing," is that clients become cooperative, empowered and they are asked to find solutions. This little best seller reads like a novel because it is written in an easy to read style that avoids jargon.
Recommended DVDs: I Love My Kids and Over the Hump: Family and Couple Treatment
Working With the Problem Drinker
Traditional substance abuse treatment programs are under increasing pressure to be innovative, cost-efficient and client-driven. The Solution-Focused approach offers a model for effective, yet brief treatment for these cases traditionally thought to be difficult to work with. This book turns the traditional view of alcohol treatment upside down and puts the client in charge of their treatment, thus increasing his/her investment in generating solutions.
Clues: Investigating Solutions in Brief Therapy
How do solutions develop? This simple yet provocative question leads Steve to explore all the solution generating things client and therapist do during a therapy session. Described as one of the most interesting theoreticians in the field of systemic thinking, Steve develops a simple, operable and yet comprehensive and thoroughly coherent "theory of solutions."
Keys to Solution in Brief Therapy
By the time this little parsimonious book was published, the rumor of solution-focused brief therapy was being heard around the globe and there was growing interest in knowing more about solution-focused brief therapy.
In this, his second groundbreaking book, Steve describes and gives numerous case examples of clients wanting to cooperate with therapists. The therapist’s job was to notice the client’s way of cooperating so he can find a key or therapeutic approach that will help the client quickly resolve the problem the client brought to therapy. This approach spelled the death of "resistance" as a therapeutic phenomenon.
Resolving Sexual Abuse
In his foreword to this book, Steve de Shazer writes that Yvonne Dolan "carefully situates her work within a larger context involving the treatment of sexual abuse survivors and the pertinent research." "This word, survivors, implies that (as Dolan points out) these clients–and indeed all clients–have what it takes to survive, i.e., persistence, strengths, skills, resources, etc." "And, as Dolan shows us, these tools, useful for survival, can also be useful in building a new, more satisfactory life."
The Miracle Method: A Radically New Approach to Problem Drinking
Are you looking for a self-help guide to your personal problem drinking? Do you know someone who might need such a guide? This simple, easy to read and follow guide will provide hope and inspiration to those who need a miracle to overcome a very difficult problem. We warn, however, simple is not easy but if you are looking for a solution that will work for you, this is the book to read.