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Solution-Focused Practice (2nd Edition)

Effective Communication to Facilitate Change

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This textbook shows how any conversation directed towards change can become a solution-focused one, whether in a planned series of sessions with individuals, families, groups, or in the less structured contexts in which many...

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This textbook shows how any conversation directed towards change can become a solution-focused one, whether in a planned series of sessions with individuals, families, groups, or in the less structured contexts in which many helping professionals work.

Full of real-life case examples and stimulating activities, this will be an invaluable guide to anyone wanting to develop their skills in this empowering approach. This textbook is a comprehensive and accessible guide for anyone who wishes to incorporate solution-focused practice.

Originating in the world of talking therapies, the adaptability and usability of solution-focused practice is already used by many practitioners in health, social care and educational settings.

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  • Offers a crystal clear, step-by-step guide to the solution-focused approach
  • Explores the art of facilitating change by asking good questions, listening intently and focusing on solutions  
  • Demonstrates the applicability of solution-focused approaches to a wide range of settings beyond just counselling and psychotherapy


  • Explores a more diverse range of examples than the previous edition
  • Includes end of chapter summaries, providing additional clarity on what's been covered
  • Updated policy, procedure and legislation 

1. Introduction
2. The Solution-Focused Process
3. Contracting
4. Description I: The Preferred Future
5. Description II: Instances
6. Bridging the Preferred Future and Its Instances: Scaling Questions
7. Acknowledgement and Possibility: Coping Questions and More
8. Putting It All Together
8. Applications and Adaptations
10. Becoming a Solution-Focused Practitioner.

Guy is undoubtedly THE leading figure, internationally, in the “next generation” of solution-focused practitioners and authors. He presents the solution-focused approach systematically in a way that is true to history but which offers his own insights and reflections and is thoroughly accessible and useful. – Michael Durrant, Psychologist/Director, Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney, Australia
This book is a lovely balance of the complexity and the simplicity with which solution-focused thought occurs and can be applied. Guy is able to dive both in to the depth of the solution-focused philosophy, while demonstrating how it can be used practically.The book paints a navigable bridge from “the thinking” to “the doing” in the field of solution-focused theory and practice. – Monica Rotner, Division Manager, Boulder County Community Justice Services, Colorado, USA
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Guy Shennan is a solution-focused practitioner, consultant and trainer. First using solution-focused practice as a social worker during the 1990s, he now practises and teaches the approach widely in the UK and beyond.

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Guy Shennan is a solution-focused practitioner, consultant and trainer. First using solution-focused practice as a social worker during the 1990s, he now practises and teaches the approach widely in the UK and beyond.

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