The Centre for Solution Focused Practice


Ajmal, Yasmin, Rees, Ioan (Eds.) (2001) Solutions in Schools: creative applications of solution focused brief thinking with young people and adults. London: BT Press.

Berg, Insoo Kim (1991 and revised 1999) Family Preservation: A brief therapy workbook. London: BT Press.

Berg, Insoo Kim (1994) Family Based Services: a solution-focused approach. New York: Norton.

Berg, Insoo Kim and Miller, Scott (1992) Working with the Problem Drinker: a solution focused approach. New York: Norton.

Berg, Insoo Kim and Reuss, Norman (1997) Solutions Step by Step: a substance abuse treatment manual. New York: Norton & Wylie.

Berg, Insoo Kim and Kelly, Susan (2000) Building Solutions in Child Protective Services. NY: Norton.

Berg, Insoo Kim and Dolan, Yvonne (2001) Tales of Solution: a collection of hope inspiring stories. New York: Norton.

Berg, Insoo Kim and Steiner, Therese (2003) Children’s Solution Work. New York: Norton.

Berg, Insoo Kim and Szabo, Peter (2005) Brief Coaching for Lasting Solutions. New York; Norton.

Bliss, E. Veronica and Edmonds, Genevieve (2008) A Self-Determined Future with Aspergers Syndrome: solution focused approaches. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Blundo, Robert and Simon, Joel (2016) Solution-Focused Case Management. New York: Springer.

Burns, Kidge (2nd edition, 2016) Focus on Solutions: a health professional's guide London: SolutionsBooks.

Cade, Brian and O’Hanlon, Bill (1993) A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy. New York: Norton.

Connie, Elliott and Metcalf, Linda (Eds.) (2009) The Art of Solution Focused Therapy. NY: Springer.

Connie, Elliott (2013) Solution Building Couples Therapy. New York: Springer.

Connie, Elliott (2013) The Solution Focused Marriage: 5 simple habits that will bring out the best in your relationship. Keller, Texas: The Connie Institute.

de Shazer, Steve (1985) Keys to Solution in Brief Therapy. New York: Norton.

de Shazer, Steve (1988) Clues: Investigating Solutions in Brief Therapy. New York: Norton.

de Shazer, Steve (1991) Putting Difference to Work. New York: Norton.

de Shazer, Steve (1994) Words were Originally Magic. New York: Norton.

de Shazer, Steve, Dolan, Yvonne, Korman, Harry, Trepper, Terry, MacCollum, Eric and Berg, Insoo Kim (2007) More Then Miracles: the state of the art of solution focused therapy. New York: Haworth.

DeJong, Peter and Berg, Insoo Kim (4th edition, 2013) Interviewing for Solutions. Pacific Grove, California: Brooks/Cole.

Dolan,Yvonne (1991) Resolving Sexual Abuse. New York: Norton.

Dolan,Yvonne (2000) Beyond Survival. London: BT Press.

Durrant, Michael (1993) Residential Treatment. New York: Norton.

Durrant, Michael (1995) Creative Strategies for School Problems. New York: Norton.

Fiske, Heather (2008) Hope in Action: solution focused conversations about suicide. New York: Routledge.

Franklin, Cynthia, Trepper, Terry S., Gingerich, Wallace J., and McCollum, Eric E. (Eds.) (2012) Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: A Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice. New York: Oxford.

Furman, Ben and Ahola, Tapani (1992) Solution talk: hosting therapeutic conversations. New York: Norton.

Furman, Ben (1998) It’s Never Too Late To Have a Happy Childhood: from adversity to resilience. London: BT Press.

George, Evan, Iveson, Chris, and Ratner, Harvey (2nd edition, 1999) Problem to Solution: brief therapy with individuals and families. London: BT Press.

Ghul, Rayya, Duncan, Lucie and Mousley, Sarah (2006) Creating Positive Futures: solution focused recovery from mental distress. London: BT Press.

Ghul, Rayya (2015) The Power of the Next Small Step. Keller, Texas: The Connie Institute.

Hanton, Paul (2011) Skills in Solution Focused Brief Counselling & Psychotherapy. London: Sage.

Henden, John (2nd edition, 2017) Preventing Suicide: the Solution Focused Approach. West Sussex: Wiley.

Henden, John (2018) What it Takes to Survive: Techniques for severe trauma and stress recovery. London: World Scientific Pub.

Iveson, Chris (2nd edition, 2001) Whose Life? Working with older people. London: BT Press.

Iveson, Chris, George, Evan and Ratner, Harvey (2012) Brief Coaching: A Solution Focused Approach. London: Routledge.

Jackson, Paul Z. and McKergow, Mark (2nd edition, 2007) The Solutions Focus: making coaching & change simple. London: Nicholas Brealey International.

Jackson, Paul Z. and Waldman, Janine (2010) Positively Speaking: The art of constructive conversations with a solutions focus. St Albans: The Solutions Focus.

Jacob, Frederike (2001) Solution Focused Recovery from Eating Distress. London: BT Press.

James, Geoffrey (2016) Transforming Behaviour in the Classroom: A solution-focused guide for new teachers. London: Sage.

Johnson, Charlie and Webster, Denise (2002) Recrafting a life: solutions for chronic pain and illness. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Kelly, Michael, Kim, Johnny, Franklin, Cynthia (2008) Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Schools: a 360-degree View of Research & Practice Oxford Univ Press.

Lee, Mo Yee, Sebold, John, Uken, Adriana (2003) Solution-Focused Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders: accountability for change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lethem, Jane (1994) Moved to Tears, Moved to Action: brief therapy with women and children. London: BT Press.

Lipchik, Eve (2002) Beyond Technique in Solution-Focused Therapy. New York: Guildford.

Lueger, Gunther & Korn, Hans-Peter (Eds.) (2006) Solution-Focused Management. Mering, Germany: Rainer Hampp Verlag.

Macdonald, Alasdair (2nd edition, 2011) Solution Focused Therapy: research, theory & practice. London: Sage.

Mahlberg, Kerstin and Sjoblom, Maud (2004) Solution Focused Education

McKergow, Mark & Clarke, Jenny (2007) Solutions Focus Working: 80 real life lessons for successful organisational change. Cheltenham: SolutionsBooks.

McKergow, Mark & Clarke, Jenny (Eds.) (2005) Positive Approaches To Change: applications of solutions focus and appreciative enquiry at work. Cheltenham: SolutionsBooks.

McVanel, Sara and Zalter-Minden, Brenda (2015) Forever Recognise Others’ Greatness: Solution-focused strategies for satisfied staff, high-performing teams & healthy bottom lines. BPS Bks.

Meier, Daniel (2005) Team Coaching with the Solution Circle: a practical guide to solutions focused team development. Cheltenham: SolutionsBooks.

Metcalf, Linda (2nd edition, 2008) Counselling Toward Solutions: a practical solution-focused program for working with students, teachers and parents. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Metcalf, Linda (1997) Parenting Toward Solutions: how parents can use skills they already have to raise responsible, loving kids. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Simon & Schuster.

Metcalf, Linda (1998) Solution Focused Group Therapy. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Metcalf, Linda (2nd edition, 2003) Teaching Toward Solutions: a solution focused guide to improving student behaviour, grades, parental support and staff morale. Arlington, Texas: Metcalf & Metcalf Family Clinic.

Metcalf, Linda (2004) The Miracle Question. Carmarthen: Crown House.

Metcalf, Linda (2009) The Field Guide to Counselling Toward Solutions: the solution focused school. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Miller, Scott, Hubble, Mark and Duncan, Barry (Eds.) (1996) Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Milner, Judith and Bateman, Jackie (2011) Working with Children and Teenagers Using Solution Focused Approaches. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Myers, Steve (2007) Solution Focused Approaches. Lyme Regis: Russell House.

Nelson, Thorana (Ed.) (2005) Education and Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy New York: Haworth.

Nelson, Thorana (Ed.) (2010) Doing Something Different: solution-focused brief therapy approaches. New York: Routledge.

Nelson, Thorana and Thomas, Frank (Eds.) (2007) Handbook of Solution Focused Brief Therapy New York: Haworth.

O’Connell, Bill (3rd edition, 2012) Solution-Focused Therapy. London: Sage.

O’Connell, Bill (2001) Solution Focused Stress Counselling. London: Continuum

O’Connell, Bill and Palmer, Stephen (Eds.) (2003) Handbook of Solution Focused Therapy. London: Sage.

O’Connell, Bill, Palmer, Stephen, and Williams, Helen (2012) Solution Focused Coaching in Practice. London: Routledge.

O’Hanlon, Bill and Beadle, Sandy (1996) A Field Guide to Possibility Land. London: BT Press.

O’Hanlon, Bill and Weiner-Davis, Michele (2nd edition, 2003) In Search of Solutions: a new direction in psychotherapy. New York: Norton.

Ouer, Rebekka (2015) Solution Focused Brief Therapy with the LGBT Community: Creating futures through hope and resilience. London: Routledge.

Pichot, Teri and Dolan, Yvonne (2002) Miracles Happen: agency based solution-focused therapy with court-mandated and other reluctant clients. New York: Haworth.

Pichot, Teri, with Smock, Sara (2009) Solution-Focused Substance Abuse Treatment. New York: Routledge.

Ratner, Harvey, George, Evan and Iveson, Chris (2012) Solution Focused Brief Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques. London: Routledge.

Ratner, Harvey and Yusuf, Denise (2015) Brief Coaching with Children and Young People: a Solution Focused approach. London: Routledge.

Rhodes, John and Ajmal, Yasmin (1995) Solution Focused Thinking in Schools. London: BT Press.

Rohrig, Peter & Clarke, Jenny (Eds.) (2008) 57 SF Activities for Facilitators and Consultants: putting solutions focus into action. Cheltenham: SolutionsBooks.

Sharry, John (2nd edition, 2007) Solution-Focused Groupwork. London: Sage.

Sharry, John, Madden, Brendan, and Darmody, Melissa (2nd edition, 2012) Becoming a Solution Detective: a strengths- based guide to brief therapy. London: Routledge.

Sharry, John (2003) Counselling Children, Adolescents and Families: a strengths -based approach. London: Sage.

Shennan, Guy (2014) Solution-Focused Practice: Effective communication to facilitate change. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Simon, Joel and Nelson, Thorana (2007) Solution Focused Brief Practice with Long Term Clients in Mental Health Services: “I am more than my label” New York: Haworth.

Simon, Joel (2009) Solution Focused practice in End-of-Life and Grief Counselling. New York: Springer Publishing.

Szabo, Peter Meier Daniel & Dierolf Kirsten (2009) Coaching Plain and Simple: Solution-focused Brief Coaching Essentials New York: Norton

Thomas, Frank and Cockburn, Jack (1998) Competency-Based Counselling. Minn.: Fortress Press.

Thomas, Frank (2013) Solution-Focused Supervision: A Resource-Oriented Approach to Developing Clinical Expertise. New York: Springer.

Turnell, Andrew and Edwards, Steve (1999) Signs of Safety: a solution and safety oriented approach to child protection casework. New York: Norton.

Walsh, Trish (2010) The Solution-Focused Helper: Ethics and practice in health and social care. Maidenhead: Open University Books.

Walter, John and Peller, Jane (1992) Becoming Solution-Focused in Brief Therapy. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Walter, John and Peller, Jane (2000) Recreating Brief Therapy. Preferences & Possibilities. New York: Norton.

Young, Sue (2009) Solution- Focused Schools: anti-bullying and beyond. London: BT Press.


Integrating SF . . . or not.

One of the most frequent questions that gets asked on training programmes is the question ‘can you integrate SF with other approach?’ And very often this question is asked from a stance which implies that the worker drawing on a range of approaches is clearly and obviously beneficial to the client. However in SF the answer to this question seems to be neither quite so clear nor quite so obvious.

Evan George shares his thoughts.

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