1st Edition

Brief Therapy for Clients with Challenging or Unique Issues A Clinician’s Guide to Enhancing Outcomes

By Saul A. Singer Copyright 2024
    231 Pages
    by Routledge

    231 Pages
    by Routledge

    Brief Therapy for Clients with Challenging or Unique Issues offers clinicians, interns, and students a unique look into the creative and effective application of foundational concepts and innovative clinical processes that lead to successful outcomes with even the most challenging clients. Chapters illustrate complex interventions such as those involving clients court ordered or coerced into therapy, first-generation immigrant families in the criminal justice system, families at risk of losing custody of their children, foster children in the child welfare system, clients of multigenerational poverty, and families requiring in-home family therapy, and more. Each of these includes moment-by-moment co-constructive processes that document effective intervention ideas and strategies.

    Rich in neurolinguistics, innovative approaches, and the application of advanced solution-oriented strategies, Brief Therapy for Clients with Challenging or Unique Issues weaves together the stories of courageous clients and offers innovative tools that empower and motivate even the most reluctant clients to engage and identify solutions that fit for them.

    1. A Little About My Early Influences: Student of the Peace Corps Generation  2. The Problem-Solving Process: We Often See Clients at Their Worst  3. Lessons Learned: The Bones of Client Centeredness and Client-Need Driven Process  4. Expectancy and Hope: Treatment Considerations and Outcomes  5. Building a Positive, Hopeful Start: You Are More Than Your Problems  6. Reluctant or Mandated Clients: Skills to Turn Visitors into Customers  7. Dire Straits: Heroic Clients Who Overcame Powerful Headwinds  8. Children of Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Structural Family Dynamics  9. Lacy and Grandma's Turkey: Family System Concepts  10. A Family from the Philippines: Every Family Has Their Own Unique Culture  11. Intensive Family Services: Families with Challenges and Few Resources  12. Marriage and Couples Therapy: A Higher Responsibility  13. Grief Work: Eliciting Solutions to Overcome Loss and Strengthen Resiliency  Epilogue: Thanks to My Clients and Colleagues for a Rewarding Career!


    Saul A. Singer, LMFT, LCADC, AADC, has worked for five decades as a behavioral health and addiction professional providing therapy, consultation, continuing education, college instruction, and clinical supervision in private practice and for community agencies and treatment programs.

    "With wit and wisdom, Saul Singer takes his readers on a journey through unforgettable stories to discover the skills and questions that elicit change by drawing out client strengths. Singer’s blueprint for working with difficult cases is accessible but also seasoned with nuances to refine the practice of even experienced therapists. In stressful times, this book brings joy back to therapy with timely insights for supervisors, counselors, and interns."

    Michelle Melendy, LMFT, LCADC, wellness center director, Upper Columbia Academy, Spangle, Washington

    "With interesting case stories described by a seasoned clinician, Brief Therapy for Clients with Challenging or Unique Issues is a refreshing and much needed update to the brief-therapy practice literature. This book describes multiple therapeutic techniques with diverse populations. These principles and wisdom are invaluable to anyone that works with people in healthcare or advising."

    Cody Heath, PhD, LMFT, Heath Therapy and Consultation Services, Lubbock, Texas

    "Drawing on five decades of clinical work with multicultural clients, Saul Singer, demonstrates how to build a collaborative therapeutic relationship and client-need driven outcomes for clients mandated or coerced into treatment. The book illustrates innovative strategies for merging solution-focused, research-informed practice methods with effectual, targeted supplemental tools using insightful explanations and engaging client stories. Richly seeded with clinical savvy, Brief Therapy for Clients with Challenging or Unique Issues is a sourcebook that every counselor and therapist will want to have on their office shelf."

    Mirit Sloves, LMFT, PhD, co-owner, Miradian Health, Reno, Nevada