Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Mo Yee Lee

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press

Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI:

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Building on a strengths perspective and using a time-limited approach, solution-focused brief therapy is a treatment model in social work practice that holds a person accountable for solutions rather than responsible for problems. Solution-focused brief therapy deliberately utilizes the language and symbols of “solution and strengths” in treatment and postulates that positive and long-lasting change can occur in a relatively brief period of time by focusing on the solution-building process instead of focusing on the problems. Currently, this practice model has been adopted in diverse social work practice settings with different client populations, which could be partly accounted by the fact that the assumptions and practice orientation of solution-focused brief therapy are consistent with social work values as well as the strengths-based and empowerment-based practice in social work treatment.

Keywords: brief treatment; empowerment-based; social work treatment; solution-focused; strengths-based

Article.  10117 words. 

Subjects: Direct Practice and Clinical Social Work

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