Consolidating Change

Mo Yee Lee, John Sebold and Adriana Uken

in Solution-Focused Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195146776
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864805 | DOI:
 Consolidating Change

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This chapter focuses on useful therapeutic techniques that help consolidate changes in the final sessions. As a result of developing and accomplishing self-initiated, personally meaningful goals, clients usually have a positive outlook about themselves and their life towards the end of treatment. The pertinent question, however, is whether they will be able to maintain or follow the path that they have already started. This chapter discusses solution-focused, therapeutic techniques that help clients: (1) evaluate and increase awareness of the positive changes; (2) consolidate change descriptions into “phrases” (such as a honest man, a caring mother, a good parent, a loving husband) that encapsulate the overall change so that clients develop “the language of success” in place of the “language of problem” in describing the self; and (3) connect clients' goal work to the future by developing a road map that identify indicators of progress.

Keywords: consolidating change; language of success; termination; sustaining change; language of problem

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