Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Families describes SFBT from a systemic perspective and provides students, educators, trainers, and practitioners with a clear explanation and rich examples of SFBT and systemic family therapy. Family therapists will learn how SFBT works with families, solution-focused therapists will learn how a systemic understanding of clients and their contexts can enhance their work, and all will learn how to harness the power of each to the service of their clients.
The book starts with an exploration of systems, cybernetics, and communication theory basics such as wholeness, recursion, homeostasis, and change. Following this is an introduction to five fundamental family therapy approaches and an overview of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Next, the author considers SFBT within a systems paradigm and provides a demonstration of SFBT with families and couples. Each step is explicated with ideas from both SFBTA as well as systems. The final chapter shows how SFBT practices can be applied to a variety of family therapy approaches.
This accessible text is enhanced by descriptions, case examples, dialogue, and commentary that are both systemic and solution-focused. Readers will come away with a new appreciation for both the systemic worldview of SFBT and SFBT principles as applied to systemic work.
Table of Contents
Foreword Preface 1. Systemic Thinking 2. Family Therapy Approaches 3. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy 4. SFBT Integration Within a Systemic Perspective 5. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Families 6. Using SFBT Practices with Four Family Therapy Approaches Appendix: MFT Model Charts
Thorana S. Nelson, PhD, is Professor Emerita in Family Therapy at Utah State University. She has co-written and edited numerous articles and books on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and training, including Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (with Frank N. Thomas) and Doing Something Different: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Practices.