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Doing What Works in Brief Therapy: A Strategic Solution Focused Approach

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This book is both a set of procedures for the therapist and a philosophy—one that is shared with clients and one that guides the work of the therapist. This second edition offers clinicians a guide to doing what works in brief therapy in a delightful, easy to understand style, with rich case examples. Psychotherapy that follows these guidelines validates the client’s most important concerns, and it often turns out to be surprisingly brief. The author integrates strategic and solution focused therapy and includes guidelines for tailoring technique and interventions to client characteristics and preferences.

This course is based on the , Doing What Works in Brief Therapy: A Strategic Solution Focused Approach created by Ellen Quick, Ph.D.

Publication Date:

2008, 2nd Edition

Course Material Author

Ellen Quick, Ph.D.

Dr. Ellen Quick is a clinical psychologist who specializes in brief psychotherapy. She practices at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She has written and taught about the integration of solution-focused and strategic therapy, with an emphasis on “doing what works” on multiple levels: in the client’s life, in the therapist’s work, and as a philosophy shared with the client.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, addiction counselors and social workers who seek knowledge about brief therapy and intervention strategies. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe how to help clients to discover and amplify strengths and behaviors that are already working.

  2. Design three-part interventions that include validation, compliment, and suggestion components

  3. Apply the principles of “doing what works and changing what does not” to the process of their clinical work

Doing What Works in Brief Therapy: A Strategic Solution Focused Approach, Second Edition

Doing What Works in Brief Therapy: A Strategic Solution Focused Approach, Second Edition

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Course Retired
Course Number 101914
11 credit hours
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