This book outlines the basic principles and techniques which can be used to identify people's strengths and abilities to overcome challenges, make their own decisions and achieve their goals. Using case examples of life challenges at every stage of adulthood, including problematic behaviours, trauma, loss and end of life care, it provides stimulating activities and questions that will help professionals develop constructive conversations with service users and help them find the solutions they need.
This comprehensive guide is an essential introduction for all those working with adults in health and social care.
The language the authors use is exemplary: loud and clear, no nonsense. I particularly like the reflective parts, with the kinds of questions a solution focused worker would ask their client. A book you should have in your library!
The practice activities in the book provide a wide range of questions we can use to ensure that clients feel they are being heard properly. It is an accessible book, which will be of use to anyone involved in multi-agency working.
Judith Milner, a former therapist and senior lecturer in social work, is a widely published author on soulution focused practice.
Steve Myers is Director of Social Sciences at University of Salford, Manchester.
1. Useful Conversations: Positive Approaches to Working with Adults
2. Taking People Seriously
3. Setting Achievable Goals
4. Finding Exceptions to Problems
5. Discovering People's Strengths
6. Scaling Goals, Progress and Safety
7. Bringing It All Together
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