Unlike traditional psychotherapeutic models that focus on pathologies and limitations, the solution–oriented approach emphasizes health, competence, and possibilities. Its ultimate goal is to help clients learn to marshal their own resources to deal with their own problems. Consequently, the book describes several "unorthodox" methods such as mining moments of crisis for functional models; exploiting individual and family expertise with mental illness; externalization techniques for helping patients identify the effects of their illnesses and reclaim self–agency; and psycho–education for the prevention of relapses. The authors also provide helpful pointers on how to constructively manage psychotic experiences, as well as violence and the threat of suicide.
Solution–Oriented Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness will make fascinating and instructive reading for all mental health practitioners, regardless of their current theoretical slant.
A groundbreaking guide to solution–oriented interventions with severe mental illness
Solution–Oriented Therapy for Chronic and Severe Mental Illness is the first guide to applying the increasingly popular solution–oriented approach to treating mental illnesses generally considered beyond the scope of "talking cures." In a series of brief, engagingly written chapters, studded with vivid case examples, authors Tim Rowan and Bill O′Hanlon demonstrate the solution–oriented approach in action with patients suffering from severe depression, schizophrenia, and other severe, chronic, and persistent mental illnesses. You′ll learn their proven techniques for dealing constructively with severely ill clients, even during moments of extreme crises, and for helping them to cultivate the internal resources needed to successfully manage their own illnesses.
Riding the Wave.
Rewriting Spoiled Identity Stories.
Revaluing People′s Experiences.
Collaborating with Clients, Their Families, and Others in Their Social Environment.
Creating a New Vision of the Future.
Handling Dangerous and Violent Situations.
Effective and Respectful Treatment of "Borderline" Clients.
Relapse Recovery and Relapse Prevention.
General Principles for Working with Chronic and Severe Mental Illness.
Epilogue: Connections to the Work of Others.
BILL O′HANLON, MS, is one of the developers of solution–oriented therapy. He has written and lectured extensively worldwide on the application of this time–sensitive treatment model. He is also the author of Taproots: Underlying Principles of Milton Erickson′s Therapy and Hypnosis; In Search of Solutions (with Michele Weiner–Davis); An Uncommon Casebook (with Angela Hexum); Rewriting Love Stories: Brief Marital Therapy (with Patricia O′Hanlon Hudson); and Even from a Broken Web (with Bob Bertolino).