Part 1 - Introduction to Solution Focused Counseling

In part 1 of this three-part series on Solution Focused Counseling, the presenter, Mary Bunn (LCSW), defines solution focused counseling and reviews its key features and applications.

Mary Bunn defines solution-focused (or task-focused) counseling as a short-term, practicel, strengths-based approach that focuses on identifying client concerns. She goes on to address the key features of this approach:

* It is resilience- and strengths-focused
* It's action-oriented, not insight-focused
* It is present-focused rather than examining the client's past
* It uses a collaborative relationship
* It breaks problems into manageable pieces, and focuses on only one problem at a time

Bunn notes that this approach is especially helpful in the initial stage of treatment.

This presentation was recorded at the Meeting Social Services Needs in the Current Climate training institute held in Evanston, IL in August 2012.

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