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Beyond Technique in Solution-focused Therapy


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I. Theory and Practice1. A Theory of Solution-Focused Therapy2. The Therapist-Client Relationship3. Understanding Clients4. Emotions in Solution-Focused Therapy5. The Process of Clarifying Goals6. The Team behind the Mirror and the Consultation Break7. The Summation Message and the SuggestionII. Applications8. Couple Therapy9. Family Therapy10. Working with Involuntary Clients11. Long-Term Cases12. The Solution-Focused Approach to Crisis

About the Author

Eve Lipchik, MSW, a certified member and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, cofounded ICF Consultants, Inc., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1988. Previously, she was a core member of the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, where she participated in the development of solution-focused therapy. In addition to her private practice, she teaches, consults, and lectures both nationally and internationally. She is the editor of Interviewing and has been published in numerous books and journals, including Psychotherapy Networker, Journal of Systemic Therapies, and Family Process.


"At last, someone has written a book that integrates the practical simplicity of solution-focused work with the crucial presence of emotion and relationship. Eve Lipchik liberates our understanding of feelings from cumbersome theoretical frameworks, and shows how they are a basic currency in the therapeutic exchange. This book is eminently practical and theoretically illuminating. I highly recommend it." - Stephen Gilligan, author of Therapeutic Trances and The Courage to Love "Rarely does a book convey its message so well or so strongly ... This book shows that when therapists listen to and talk about struggle and emotion - as well as strengths and hope - clients make their own changes. Eve Lipchik writes like she works, sensitively weaving her ideas through many case examples and applications, from the emotionally overwhelmed individual to violent couples, crisis situations, and long-term situations. Treat yourself to the richness and practical wisdom of her experience and perspective." - John Walter and Jane Peller, authors of Recreating Brief Therapy "In this clear yet clinically and theoretically sophisticated volume, Eve Lipchik dispels all the stereotypes of solution-focused therapy (SFT), so that even SFT skeptics will want to give the model a second look. Her version cherishes the uniqueness of clients, is nonformulaic, emotion-focused, and privileges the client-therapist relationship over technique. For Lipchik, SFT goes slowly; clients, not therapists, determine when they want to talk about solutions. Replete with rich case illustrations (which heretofore I would have assumed to be 'too complex' for SFT), the volume has left me with the imprint of a master teacher and clinician and has greatly enriched my practice." - Douglas H. Sprenkle, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Purdue University, USA "In this inclusive, simply written book, studded with clinical stories like raisins in a cake, Lipchik walks the reader through a deeply unusual approach to solution-focused therapy. She has broadened the theoretical base to include the idea of love as a biological given, and adds concern for emotions to the clinician's repertory. Links are made to Sullivanian theory and to practical humanism, creating a user-friendly path to guide more traditionally trained psychotherapists. This book is a gift for therapists of all stripes and a 'must-have' for training programs and libraries." - Lynn Hoffman, author of Foundations of Family Therapy "An excellent book for both novice and practiced therapists. My graduate students found this book extremely helpful in guiding them through their first therapy sessions. Lipchik does a wonderful job of integrating emotion and relationship into the practice of solution-focused therapy. What makes this book exceptional is its combination of candid writing, insightful case material, and commentary that applies the theory and techniques across several therapeutic modalities. I highly recommend it." - Elise Cole, Department of Psychology, California State University, USA

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