Resource Focused Therapy

Author(s) : Wendel A. Ray, Author(s) : Bradford Keeney

Part of The Systemic Thinking and Practice Series - more in this series

Resource Focused Therapy

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 1993
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 112
  • Category :
    Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy
  • Catalogue No : 5531
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855750494
  • ISBN 10 : 185575049X
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For some time the family therapy field has been moving away from a problem-based approach to work with clients. Ideas such as "creating a new family story", focusing on strengths and solutions, and making contracts with family members have all shifted interest toward a new approach to therapy. Ray and Keeney have been in the forefront of this thinking for several years and they have been experimenting with their ideas by working together with clients in order to create their own coherent, effective model for therapy. Resource Focused Therapy is the result!

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'This model does not dwell on the mental maps which families use to construe problems or solutions. Instead, it aligns people with resources which enable them to behave and ultimately see themselves differently. These resources may spring from many places: internal maps, family relationships, neighborhood groups, or untapped community resources. The authors work alongside their clients to create a resourceful event or a resourceful environment in which the family will have their own unique experience. Such experiences often have the effect of enabling the family to see strength or resources they were previously not aware of.

'Readers will find this book free from ideology, but it is also a difficult book to pigeon-hole. It makes one think about metaphor, brainstorming, and community. Resource Focused Therapy is a new way of thinking about therapy, about the relationship between therapist and client, and about the available resources in the world we and our clients, together, are living in.'
- David Campbell and Ros Draper

'Wendel Ray and Bradford Keeney have beautifully merged a sensible and practical approach with the creative a theoretical strategies of my father, the late Milton H. Erickson, M.D. What a pleasure to read state-of-the-art therapeutic methodology that so clearly carries forth the essence of Erickson's work.'
- From the Foreword by Betty Alice Erickson

'Wendel Ray and Bradford Keeney have achieved an important step forward for family therapists, demonstrating how it is possible to create methods to help people come out of apparently impossible situations. The reader will certainly enjoy, as I have, reading how improvisation, play, and invention help create systems where resources and not problems become the context markers for therapy.'
- Gianfranco Cecchin

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