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Solution-Focused Brief TherapyA Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice$
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Cynthia Franklin, Terry S. Trepper, Eric E. McCollum, and Wallace J. Gingerich

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385724

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385724.001.0001

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The Evolution of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

The Evolution of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

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(p.3) 1 The Evolution of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
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Eve Lipchik

James Derks

Marilyn LaCourt

Elam Nunnally

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385724.003.0012

The solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) model evolved out of the brief family therapy (BFT) approach between 1978 and 1984, long before the words evidence-based practice became an integral part of the medical and mental health vocabulary. At the beginning, the team at the Brief Family Therapy Center (BFTC) utilized a research approach that relied on clinical observations and client data to discover which therapeutic techniques would most effectively facilitate behavioral change. Only recently has SFBT been studied through the lens of efficacy research and evidence-based practice. This chapter chronicles how the original team members actually used an evidence-based process to develop the model; how the approach evolved from a brief family therapy model to a therapeutic approach that focuses on future solutions; and the specific theory and interventions that made SFBT both similar to and different from other therapies.

Keywords:   brief family therapy, evidence-based practice, SFBT, research approach, clinical observations, client data

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