Solution-Focused Therapy with Children and Adolescents offers mental health professionals an integration of creative and playful approaches and solution-focused therapy. The author presents developmentally appropriate and expressive alternatives to oral communication including sandtray, writing, puppetry, drawing and coloring, photography, and music. The text presents an overview of strength-based and creative approaches with a focused examination of the philosophy and process of solution-focused therapy, then divides chapters into specific stages of therapy-beginnings, searching for treasure, setting goals, and ending the session-with creative techniques offered in each section. The final chapter addresses working with children and adolescents in solution-focused groups, including how to set up groups and progress through different group stages, presenting specific techniques and activities focused on each stage of the group process.
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Elizabeth R. Taylor, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S teaches counseling at Texas Christian University. As a licensed counselor and play therapist, she has presented workshops on solution-focused therapy, play therapy, and resiliency at state, national, and international conferences.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Strength-Based Approaches Chapter 3 Creative and Playful Approaches Chapter 4 Client Considerations Chapter 5 Solutions-Focused Therapy and Integration with Creative and Tangible Approaches Chapter 6 Motivating the Client Chapter 7 Beginnings Chapter 8 Digging for Treasure Chapter 9 The Miracle Question and other Goal-setting Techniques Chapter 10 Ending the Session Chapter 11 Follow-up Sessions Chapter 12 Solution-focused Group Approaches
"Becky Taylor ties her knowledge and experience with children, adolescents, and families in multiple settings to the best clinical approaches available: solution-focused brief therapy, resilience research, and play therapy. Chapter 8, 'Digging for Treasure', is a great metaphor for reading this book, a resource for novices and experienced counselors alike. Dig in!"
Frank N. Thomas, professor of counseling & counselor education, College of Education, Texas Christian University; clinical fellow and approved supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
"Becky Taylor has done a formidable job in taking the reader of this book on a journey through a solution-focused landscape where the abundant tools of play therapy meet with the strength-based approach to help children of all ages overcome their problems and difficulties."
Ben Furman, Finnish psychiatrist, psychotherapist and an internationally renowned teacher of solution-focused therapy, coaching and organizational development; founder of the Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute.
"Solution-Focused Therapy with Children and Adolescents lives up to its title. This text, a useful contribution to the literature, provides clinicians with playful interventions to build on solutions and honor a child's own expertise in their life. Child therapists who wish to add play-based, solution-focused ideas to their toolbox should put this text on their wish list."
Pamela K. King, international speaker and trainer, author of Tools for Effective Therapy with Children and Families: A Solution Focused Approach
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