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Solution-focused Brief Therapy

3. You have 4 counseling sessions that an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) will give you reimbursement for one of their female employees who is depressed over a failing marriage. Give a short overview of how you would use Solution-focused Brief Therapy to get the most out of this limited counseling time.

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3. You have 4 counseling sessions that an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) will give you reimbursement for one of their female employees who is depressed over a failing marriage. Give a short overview of how you would use Solution-focused Brief Therapy to get the most out of this limited counseling time.

I would follow the session structure for brief solution therapy:

Stage 1: Socializing and Joining. The point is to create an environment where you can host a productive conversation with this woman. "What brings you here today?" "How can I be helpful to you?" "What have you noticed since you made the call to come in?" "What needs to happen today so that when you leave you'll think 'This was a good session!'"?

Stage 2: Describing the problem. Using the miracle question, exceptions of when things were different and scaling the seriousness of the problem.

(a) Miracle Question. Suppose one night, while you are asleep, a miracle happened and fixed this problem. Only you are asleep, so you don't know it happened. What would be different? How would you know a miracle happened? Flesh out their answer with details?Create a "good story" which is inspiring to the listener and teller. The key with this question, and others, is not to "find out the truth" (which you are really going to help them create later on), but rather to refocus their attention on the elements they need to construct a new and positive story of how her life is going.

(b) Exception/ pre-session changes. This is the point where you, as the therapist, refocus the ...

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