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Solution-Focused Theerapy

Use Theory-Based Treatment Planning for Marriage and Family Therapists to complete the following:

- Read the Vignette, "Couple," on page 204 and assess this couple from a solution-focused perspective addressing the following issues:

- How would the presenting problem be conceptualized from this perspective?
- What would be some examples of interventions from this perspective?
- Describe the role of the counselor from this perspective.

Case Study

Reynaldo, a Cuban American male, and Sue, a European American woman, are a married couple in their late 30s. They have no children together, but have expressed interest in trying to conceive in the near future. This couple has come to counseling due to their inability to resolve conflict in their relationship. Sue states that Reynaldo will "explode" and become verbally abusive toward her during conflict. Reynaldo states that he has experienced these irrational behaviors since childhood to which his parents would often ignore the outbursts. Sue is concerned about these behaviors and reports that the yelling and verbal abuse must stop before they have children.


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(1) How would the presenting problem be conceptualized from this perspective?

Solution-focused Therapy (SFT, deShazer & Berg, 1977 as cited in Archer & McCarthy, 2007) is a brief therapeutic intervention was designed to help clients arrive at solutions to their problems in a few sessions. The key concepts are based on theoretical beliefs that solutions are not related to the problem, the process maintains future orientation, the focus is on strength, and change is inevitable (Archer, 2007, pp. 388-389). The goal is to let clients know that not everything is negative. SFT is considered to effective in reducing aggressive, noncompliant behaviors among children and adults. In a study that explored SFT as am intervention in assessing oppositional-acting elementary-aged children., aggressive, non-compliant behavior was measured in two ways: (a) through a daily checklist of problem behaviors and (b) a standardized measure of the child's emotional and behavioral well-being. The success is measured by the progress that clients make toward reaching their goals as opposed to the amount of times they ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses a specific case study within the context of solution-focused therapy.