Essay about Solution-focused theory

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Introduction According to Gladding (2011), the idea of family is not universal; it varies amongst different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Throughout the course of the semester, several theories of marriage and family have been introduced and acknowledged. Over the course of time, society has influenced and altered the structure of family life, thus altering the methods and techniques in which therapy for couples and families are provided. A study conducted by Bradley et al. (2008) suggests that when individuals/families seek counseling or therapy, they are more likely to encounter a therapist who practices “cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, or Bowen family systems rather than a therapist whose primary…show more content…
Major theorists include husband and wife duo Steve deShazer and Insoo Kim Berg, as well as Michele Weiner-Davis and Bill O’Hanlon. Bill O’Hanlon was influenced by working with Weiner-Davis on his collaborative writing at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee; this center is where most of the aforementioned theorists worked with one another during the solution-focused family therapy movement. All in all, the previously mentioned theorists played a huge impact of the development and success of the post-modern therapy, solution-focused family therapy. Steve deShazer, according to Dolan (2006), was known as a “creative genius known for his minimalist philosophy and view of the process of change as an inevitable and dynamic part of everyday life” (as cited in Gladding, 2011, p. 305). During the mid and late 1970s, deShazer began his career in the helping professional and was also a major component in the establishment of the Brief Family Therapy Center, along with others. Shortly after, deShazer became known on a national level, and his works eventually began to gain even more recognition. During the 1980s, deShazer referred to his therapy as brief family therapy. According to Gladding (2011), his approach to therapy was a very unique one that included a “team approach.” During this technique, the team also referred to as consultants, “observes from behind a one-way mirror and
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