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A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy

This engaging book offers an overview of the history and theory of brief therapy from its beginnings in the research of Gregory Bateson through the seminal therapy of Milton Erickson and John Weakland to contemporary theorists and practitioners such as Steve de Shazer. Beyond this comprehensive history, the authors also give us a carefully drawn map of practice in this fast-changing field, useful for both novices and seasoned professionals. The authors concentrate on ways of working with clients that are common to all brief therapies, including framing, pattern, paradoxical, metaphorical, and family interventions. Drawing on their own clinical experience, as well as examples from the literature, they offer sound advice for practicing effective brief therapy.

One of the most important areas that the book touches on is the ethics of brief therapy, which encompasses growing concerns over the use of covert and manipulative techniques, the abuse of power by therapists in directing outcomes, the behaviourist focus of many brief therapies to the exclusion of such variables as emotion and sociopolitical pressures on clients (including gender and race), and the casual attitude towards the importance or existence of an identifiable truth or reality in human affairs.

Author Bio:

Brian Cade is a private practitioner and registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. He is founding member of the Family Institute, Cardiff, the first agency in the United Kingdom devoted to the practice and teaching of, and research into family therapy. He is coordinator of the Graduate Diploma and Master¡¯s Programme in Family Therapy, New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry, Australia. He co-authored A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy with Bill O¡¯Hanlon in 1993 and has written more than 70 professional papers and sits on various editorial and advisory boards of several family therapy publications. Brian is an Advisor and Consultant for the Academy of Solution Focused Training and is a trainer for the Graduate Diploma in Solution Focused Brief Therapy programme.

Bill O'Hanlon is a dynamic, inspirational professional speaker and prolific author (over 30 books so far) who helps motivate people and organizations to determine what they are meant to be doing and to remove the barriers to succeeding at those goals.  Originally trained as a psychotherapist, Bill became known for his collaborative respectful approach, irreverent humour, storytelling, clear and accessible presentation style and his infectious enthusiasm for whatever he is doing. He teaches seminars, leads trainings, writes books, coaches people and offers websites, podcasts, blogs, web-based courses, teleclasses and audio and video programs. Bill is often invited as a keynote speaker, conference speaker, motivational keynote presenter and business speaker.

Other books by Bill O'Hanlon

A Guide to Inclusive Therapy: 26 Methods of Respectful Resistance-Dissolving Therapy

A Guide to Possibility Land

Change 101: A Practical Guide to Creating Change in Life or Therapy

Even from a Broken Web

In Search of Solutions

Pathways to Spirituality

Quick Steps to Resolving Trauma

Solution Orientated Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness

Stop Blaming, Start Loving! A Solution-Oriented Approach to Improving Your Relationship

Rewriting Love Stories

A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy

Author: Brian Cade

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