Solution Focused - Session by Session

Solution Focused - Session by Session - Adapted from:...

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Adapted from: Niolon, R. (2005). Solution focused therapy. . Retrieved on May 27, 2005 from STAGES OF COUNSELING PRE-SESSION Key Questions –  o First set: “What made you decide to call me now?”  “What made you decide that now is the right time for counseling?” o Second set: “Who else is worried, caring, or trying to help out with the problem?” o Third set:  “How and how soon would you like to be helped?”  “How and how soon do you expect the problem to be solved?” o Fourth set: For an individual: “Between now and when we meet, I would like you to pick one  thing in your relationship you definitely want to  keep  happening" For a couple: "Between now and when we meet, I would like you to pick one  thing in your relationship you definitely want to  keep  happening"  SESSION   I: Socializing and Joining The point of the first session is to create an environment where you can host a productive  conversation  Question the individual/couple -  "What brings you here today?"  "How can I be helpful to you?"  "What have you noticed since you made the call to come in?"  "What needs to happen today so that when you leave you'll think 'This was a good session!'"?  If the client(s) has been in counseling before, ask things like -  "What did the last counselor miss that I should know about?"  "What are the mistakes the last counselor made?"  "On the way in, what were you most worried I would do? What would 'screw things up worse'?"  "Where would the perfect counselor start with a client/couple like you (two)? What would they  do?" 
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SESSION I and Beyond Describing the Problem / Miracle Question   Suppose one night, while you are asleep, a miracle happened and fixed this problem. Only you  are asleep, so you don't know it happened. What would be different? How would you know a  miracle happened?. .. o You should get very concrete here, with what the couple would notice first, and then what  would happen, and then what would happen, and then. ..  o You can ask, "If I videotaped you after the miracle, and showed the tape to people who  knew you, what would they immediately notice was different from usual? What would they  notice next?"  o Flesh out all the answers with details. ..  o Create a "good story" which is inspiring to the listener and teller  The key with this question and others is not to "find out the truth" (which you are really going to help the  client  create  later on), but rather to refocus the client’s attention on the elements he/she/they need to 
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