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Solution-Focused Treatment of Domestic Violence OffendersAccountability for Change$
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Mo Yee Lee, John Sebold, and Adriana Uken

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146776.001.0001

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Useful Assumptions and Tools

Useful Assumptions and Tools

(p.130) 8 Useful Assumptions and Tools
Solution-Focused Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders

Mo Yee Lee

John Sebold

Adriana Uken

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes useful principles and therapeutic tools to engage participants in accomplishing positive changes in their lives. It discusses useful assumptions of treatment that include the art of not knowing, the importance of creating choice, the belief that change is constant and everything is connected, and the role of playfulness in change. The chapter also discusses useful therapeutic dialogues and questions that require participants to self-evaluate the feasibility, helpfulness, effect, and limitations of their goal behaviors on other people and their personal situation. It is more helpful for participants to evaluate carefully and think about their situation and come up with ideas and perceptions of their own. They are more likely to have ownership of these perceptions since these are not externally imposed, and these perceptions are more likely to be viable and appropriate in their own context.

Keywords:   treatment assumptions, creating choice, playfulness, self-evaluative questions, therapeutic dialogues

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