Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the Solution-Focused Therapy philosophy, including some of its basic assumptions and their application in therapy. In doing so, the history of the development of Solution-Focused Therapy will be examined. Covered in this review is a summary of some of the elements borrowed from Social Constructionism and traditional therapies. The underlying assumptions of Solution-Focused Therapy to be examined include its focus on strengths, its particular view of reality (especially in regard to how expectations and the use of language affect outcome), and understanding change.
The therapist's conceptualization of the client and the therapist's role will also be examined, as well as purported limitations of Solution-Focused Therapy. Some ways of minimizing these stated limitations will also be discussed.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Michael D. Waggoner
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©1998 Gail L. Garwood
Garwood, Gail L., "Solution-focused approach to therapy : an overview of the literature" (1998). Graduate Research Papers. 733.