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Children’s Solutions Work
Working with children requires a different mindset and techniques to communicate: A keen sense of observation, willingness to learn from them, to have fun, and to help them find solutions that fit their needs. Listen to Therese and Insoo as they engage in a lively and informative dialogue on a variety of useful solution-focused techniques that work with children and their parents.
Making a Difference with Adolescents
Listen to this lively, down-to-earth conversation between Cynthia Hansen and Insoo Kim Berg and let them ignite your enthusiasm for the intensity and directness of the teens in your practice. The topics range from how to get started to what to do with volatile mood swings and everything in between.
Treating Domestic Violence Offenders
Holding clients responsible for solutions is much more effective and respectful than demanding an admission of guilt from domestic violence offenders. Listen to Sebold and Uken, of the Plumas Project in Northern California, describe in detail the group treatment model that lasts only 8 sessions and has a record of high completion and low recidivism. Learn to adapt this successful model to fit your own program in your own setting.
Wittgenstein for Therapists
What about “emotion” in solution-focused brief therapy? Miller and de Shazer not only address this frequently asked question but go further and challenge the paradigm of this question. They also describe Ludwig Wittgenstein’s influence on the everyday, ordinary language therapists use with their clients.
It's Her Fault
Even when a client does not take responsibility for unacceptable behavior such as domestic violence, the respectful approach the therapist takes can transform the relationship into a collaborative one. Listen to how Insoo Kim Berg skillfully avoids blaming the client, a military pilot, while gently encouraging him to change to get his commander off his back.
In this moving interview with a young woman dying of AIDS, Insoo uses the solution-focused brief approach skillfully and with great sensitivity to help the client describe her wish to “die well” with dignity in a way that her mother will know that she was a “good person” in spite of her terrible history.
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A Tap on the Shoulder: 6 Useful Questions in Building Solutions
Solution-building activities are distinctly different from problem solving. Insoo and Steve interact with participants in a month-long training at BFTC as they describe how the questions that comprise solution-focused brief therapy were learned from clients and the many ways they can be useful. This is BFTC at its best.
Back to the Future through the Past: Helping Clients to Design Their Own Solutions in Sexual Abuse
Treatment of sexual abuse requires a delicate balance between allowing the client to discuss the terrible past while keeping an eye toward the future. Through a case demonstration, Insoo guides you through a solution building conversation that is respectful of client successes while the client remembers past events at her own pace.
Solution-Focused Methods for School Problems: 5-D Model
This 2 CD lecture provides you with innovative, easy to use ideas that will help you move from talking about problems to creating workable solutions whenever school-age children, adolescents, and their parents and teachers are involved. Ron Kral shares numerous examples from his 17 year experience as a school psychologist. The “15 minute interview” is featured.
Making Home Visits: Setting the Stage for Change and Making a Difference
When working in the client’s home challenges your skills and tests your creativity and commitment, learn from Insoo and Karen many useful tips and strategies that will facilitate making a difference while making home visits. Their lively conversation and innovative thoughts include discussion of many commonly asked questions about effectively reaching out to clients in their homes.
Ways Words Work
Therapy is a specially orchestrated conversation. As such, we need to better understand language in order to understand how therapy works. This lecture will stimulate you to examine your choice of questions to ask during therapy sessions and challenge you to think about what a therapist really does. Steve’s genius is in pointing out, in the simplest and most elegant way, what seems so obvious and plain, and therefore what we so often miss.