I recommend this book to anyone who lives or works with families,
children or teenagers' - "Nurturing Potential"
This is a valuable book, worth attention in every child and
family service. My own agency has ordered a copy ' - "Robert
Cumming, Nurturing Potential
John Sharry's book is a jewel in the solution-focused
literature. It is clearly and engagingly written, draws on a host
of ideas from different therapeutic approaches and is packed with
practical examples. There is no better book on strengths-based
therapy with children and adolescents. Every team should have one'
- "Chris Iveson, Brief Therapy Practice
Counselling Children, Adolescents and Families describes an
innovative approach to therapeutic work which builds on the
strengths of children and their parents. As the author's experience
shows, helping clients to focus on potential solutions rather than
problems can be a powerful means of engaging them in the
therapeutic process, even in the most conflicting family
circumstances. Harnessing the client's personal, family and
community resources in this way also helps counteract their
feelings of powerlessness and the possibility of increasing
reliance on professional services.
Part One outlines the basic principles of a solution-focused and
strengths-based approach, tackling such thorny issues as how and
when to use diagnosis. Part two describes creative applications of
the approach, using groupwork, play-based activities and video
feedback. Part Three, examines practical issues which arise in more
'difficult' cases, such as child abuse and suicidal teenagers and
This book is aimed at professionals and trainees in fields
including social work, mental health, childcare, education,
psychotherapy and counselling.
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