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Solution-Focused Family Therapy

Some feel that solution-focused family therapy empowers clients, and some feel that it offers too little expertise or guidance. How might you proceed if a client was uncomfortable being treated as the expert? Would it make a difference if you suspected that the client's discomfort was (at least in part) due to cultural norms of deferring to one perceived as being in a position of authority? How would you decide whether to try to increase the client's comfort level and proceed with a solution-focused approach; to shift your strategy / treatment approach; or to refer the client to someone else? What factors might you consider? Please include a valid reference article thanks.

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Because solution focused family therapy focuses on the desired outcome of what the therapy wants to accomplish, it works best when the therapist can examine the elements of the family's life that they would like altered or they want to improve on, and one person can lead the others in improving or changing the element. The important thing is to focus on what the future would be like if things changed. For families, it is necessary to focus on what the individuals need to do to work toward the common goal, and supporting the other family members. If the lead person is not comfortable being the lead person, it may be necessary for everyone in the family to work ...

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Discusses solution focused family therapy, and how it helps clients. References included.