Accountability for Solutions
This chapter discusses the current scene regarding treatment for domestic violence offenders and highlights the debate between “responsibility for problems” versus “accountability for solutions.” Included in the discussion are the reasons why a solution-focused approach offers a viable and ethical approach for treatment with domestic violence offenders taking into consideration the characteristics of this client population. In addition, the principles and assumptions of the solution-focused group treatment with domestic violence offenders are presented. These assumptions and principles include: (1) a focus on solutions, strengths, and health; (2) accountability for solutions; (3) present and future orientation; (4) clients define their goals: solutions as clients' constructions; (5) a collaborative therapeutic relationship; (6) utilization: A non-instructional, non-educational approach; and (7) tipping the first domino: a small change. The chapter also describes the structure of the treatment program including the stages of treatment.
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