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Becoming a Solution Detective

A Strengths-Based Guide to Brief Therapy, 1st Edition

By John Sharry, John Sharry, Brendan Madden, Melissa Darmody, Brendan Madden, Melissa Darmody


134 pages

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Paperback: 9780789018342
pub: 2003-05-09
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Becoming a Solution Detective is a practical, how-to guide for therapists, counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and other professionals who are interested in making their practice solution-focused—quickly and effectively. The authors, co-founders of the Brief Therapy Group in Dublin, Ireland, demystify the process of psychotherapy, making the concept of solution-based therapy accessible and relevant through case examples, practice exercises, and role-plays. The book's hands-on approach allows practitioners to adopt the authors' simple, self-teaching style and apply it to their work with clients.

Becoming a Solution Detective explains complicated psychological concepts in a simple and concise manner with a jargon-free clarity that allows the ideas to be applied and understood by a much wider readership than traditional therapists. The book provides a framework for the solution-based approach to problem-solving that extends beyond the limits of psychotherapy and counseling into the areas of education, personal development, conflict resolution, organizational consultancy, and life management. Each chapter contains a case study with sample answers and approaches, tables, and practice exercises.

Becoming a Solution Detective includes practical information on:

  • differences between the solution-based approach and traditional therapy
  • establishing a successful therapeutic alliance with clients
  • determining detailed, meaningful goals for the client
  • mapping the client’s journey to a solution
  • possible “dead ends” in applying this type of therapy
  • and much more!
Becoming a Solution Detective is equally effective for newcomers to solution-focused therapy and professionals seeking to apply its principles to their own practices. As an academic textbook, the book is ideal for individual study in a variety of courses, including social work, counseling, nursing, psychology, education, and any other helping professions.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Becoming a Solution Detective
  • Chapter 2. Starting Where You Are At
  • Chapter 3. Where Do You Want to Go?
  • Chapter 4. How Far Have You Come?
  • Chapter 5. What Is the Next Step?
  • Chapter 6. When Therapy Doesn’t Go Well
  • A Final Note
  • Appendix: Key to Case Studies
  • References
  • Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health