Narrative Solutions in Brief Therapy

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Guilford Press, Aug 1, 1998 - Psychology - 288 pages
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This volume presents a unique and powerful brief therapy approach that combines the best elements of the strategic and narrative traditions in family therapy. Highly effective in treating a broad range of clinical problems, this integrative model enables therapists to alter meanings while working toward behavior change in a goal-directed framework. Taking readers step by step through the process of change, the book shows how problems develop from the mishandling of ordinary life events and how therapists can map problem cycles, reframe problems with respect, and work with clients to create simple and elegant solutions.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The 1970s and 1980s An Emphasis on Action
9
From MRI to CFI Linking Meaning and Action
18
The 1990s An Emphasis on Meaning
30
Toward a Theory of Problem Construction
39
The Strategy of Conversation Part I Approaching the Therapeutic Conversation
58
The Strategy of Conversation Part II Steps to Assessment
71
The Strategy of Conversation Part III Steps to Narrative Solutions
92
Listening to the Voices of Adolescents
141
Leaving ParentsFinding Partners Narrative Solutions with Young Adults
159
The Power of Untold Stories The Case of Sammys Secret
188
As Time Goes By Conversations with Adults in Distress
206
When Things Get Complicated Part I A Collaborative Solution
220
When Things Get Complicated Part II Mandated Therapeutic Conversations
244
Back to the Future
265
References
275

Retelling Childrens Stories Part I
107
Retelling Childrens Stories Part II
128

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About the author (1998)

Joseph B. Eron, PsyD, is founder and codirector of the Catskill Family Institute (CFI). An experienced clinical psychologist, he has contributed several chapters on brief family therapy, coauthored (with Thomas Lund) numerous articles on CFI's unique narrative solutions approach, and presented and trained internationally.

Thomas W. Lund, PsyD, has practiced for many years as a school and child psychologist and is codirector of CFI. He has published (with Joseph Eron) a chapter and several articles on their narrative solutions approach, and has presented at conferences and workshops internationally. In addition to training psychotherapists, he teaches clergy, teachers, caseworkers in children's services, and others in the art of conducting helpful conversations.

Joseph B. Eron, PsyD, and Thomas W. Lund, PsyD, are codirectors of the Catskill Family Institute, Kingston, New York, of which Dr. Eron is the founder. They have coauthored numerous articles on their unique narrative solutions approach, and each has presented and trained internationally.

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