Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents

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Guilford Press, 2005 - Medical - 292 pages
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Now in a fully revised and expanded second edition, this innovative, practical guide presents an effective brief therapy model for working with challenging adolescents and their families. The solution-oriented techniques and strategies so skillfully presented in the original volume are now augmented by ideas and findings from other therapeutic traditions, with a heightened focus on engagement and relationship building. Illustrated with extensive clinical material, the book demonstrates ways to draw on each family's strengths to collaboratively bring about significant behavioral change. Entirely new chapters discuss therapeutic improvisation and the creative use of self and offer powerful ideas for working with involuntary and multistressed clients, including parents who are angry, pessimistic, laissez-faire, or psychiatrically impaired. Another new chapter presents a "mini-manual" for conducting solution-oriented parenting groups.

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Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, is a couple and family therapist and addictions counselor in private practice and the codirector of Partners for Collaborative Solutions, an international family therapy training and consulting firm in Evanston, Illinois, and is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He received the Walter S. Rosenberry Award in 1999, 2000, and 2006 from The Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado, for his significant contributions to the fields of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences. Mr. Selekman is the author of numerous family therapy articles and several books. He has presented workshops on his collaborative strengths-based family therapy approach with challenging children and adolescents extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Australia.

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