The Centre for Solution Focused Practice


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

Bannink, F. (2010)  1001 Solution-focused Questions  New York:  Norton

Bannink, F.  (2010)  Handbook of Solution-focused Conflict Management  Cambridge: Hofgrefe

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. New York: 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.

Bertolino, Robert (1998) Therapy with Troubled Teenagers - rewriting young lives in progress. USA: Wylie

Bertolino, Bob and O’Hanlon, Bill (1999) Invitation to Possibility Land: An intensive teaching seminar with Bill O’Hanlon. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel.

Burns, Kidge (2005) Focus on Solutions: a health professional's guide London: Whurr.

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

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

Connie, Elliott and Metcalf, Linda (eds) (2009) The Art of Solution Focused Therapy. New York: Springer.

Davis, Thomas and Osborn, Cynthia (2000) The Solution-Focused School Counsellor: Shaping professional practice. Philadelphia: Accelerated Development

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 (2013) Interviewing for Solutions (fourth edition). Pacific Grove, California: Brooks/Cole.

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

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

Duncan, Barry, Hubble, Mark, and Miller, Scott (1997) Psychotherapy with Impossible Cases: the efficient treatment of therapy veterans. New York: Norton.

Duncan, Barry, Miller, Scott (2000) The Heroic Client: Doing Client-directed, outcome informed therapy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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/London: Routledge

Franklin, Cynthia, Trepper, Terry, Gingerich, Wallace and McCollum, Eric 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 (1990, revised and expanded 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

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

Hawkes, David, Marsh, Trevor, and Wilgosh, Ron (1998) Solution Focused Therapy: A handbook for health care professionals. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann.

Henden, John (2008) Preventing Suicide: The Solution Focused Approach West Sussex: Wiley

Hudson, Patricia O’Hanlon and O’Hanlon, William Hudson (1992) Stop Blaming, Start Loving - a solution oriented approach to improving your relationship. New York: Norton.

Hudson, Patricia O’Hanlon and O’Hanlon, William Hudson (1995) Love is a Verb. New York: Norton. Hudson, Pat (1996) The Solution Oriented Woman. New York: Norton.

Iveson, Chris (1990 revised and expanded 2001) Whose Life? Working with older people. London: BT Press.

Iveson. C., George, E., Ratner, H.  (2012)  Brief Coaching: a solution focused approach.  London: Routledge

Jackson, Paul and McKergow, Mark (New edition 2006) The Solutions Focus: Making Coaching & Change simple. London: Nicholas Brealey International.

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

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.

Levy, Ray and O’Hanlon Bill (2001) Try and Make Me: Simple strategies that turn off the tantrums and create co-operation. USA: Rodale Books.

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

Lowe, Roger (2004) Family Therapy: A constructive framework. London: Sage.

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

Macdonald, Alasdair (2007) Solution Focused Therapy: Research, Theory & Practice. London: Sage.

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

McFarland, Barbara (1995) Brief Therapy and Eating Disorders. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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.

Meier, Daniel (2005) Team Coaching With The Solution Circle: A practical guide to solutions focused team development.t Cheltenham: SolutionsBooks.

Metcalf, Linda (1995) Counselling Toward Solutions: A practical solution-focused program for working with students, teachers and parents. Centre for Applied Research, New York: Simon & Schuster.

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 (1999) Teaching Toward Solutions: Step-by-step strategies for handling academic, behaviour and family issues in the classroom. Centre for Applied Research. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Metcalf, Linda (2004) The Miracle Question: Answer it and change your life. Carmarthen: Crown House.

Miller, Gale (1997) Becoming Miracle Workers: Language and meaning in brief therapy. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.

Miller, Scott and Berg, Insoo Kim (1995) The Miracle Method: A radically new approach to problem drinking. N.Y.: Norton.

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

Miller, Scott, Duncan, Barry, and Hubble, Mark (1997) Escape from Babel: Toward a unifying language for psychotherapy practice. New York: Norton.

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

Murphy, John and Duncan, Barry (1997) Brief Intervention for School Problems: Collaborating for practical solutions. New York: Guilford Press.

Murphy, John (1997) Solution Focused Counseling in Middle and High Schools, Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

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

O’Connell, Bill (2012) Solution-Focused Therapy (third edition). 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 (1999) Evolving Possibilities: Selected Papers (eds. O’Hanlon, S. & Bertolino, R.) Phil.: Brunner/Mazel.

O’Hanlon, Bill (1999) Do One Thing Different. New York: William Morrow.

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

O’Hanlon, Bill and Bertolino, Robert (1998) Even from a Broken Web: Brief respectful solution-oriented therapy for sexual abuse and trauma. New York: Wiley

O’Hanlon, Bill and Weiner-Davis, Michele (1988) In Search of Solutions: A new direction in psychotherapy. New York: Norton.

O’Hanlon, Bill and Wilk, Jim (1987) Shifting Contexts: the generation of effective psychotherapy New York: Guilford Press

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 and Coulter, Marc (2007) Pet-assisted Brief Therapy: A Solution Focused approach New York: Haworth

Ratner, H., George, E., Iveson, C. (2012)  Solution Focused Brief Therapy: 100 Key Ideas and Techniques.  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.

Rowan,Tim and O’Hanlon, Bill (1999) Solution-Oriented Therapy for Chronic & Severe Mental Illness. New York: Wiley

Selekman, Matthew (1993) Pathways to Change: Brief therapy solutions with difficult adolescents. New York: Guilford Press.

Selekman, Matthew (2002) Living on the Razor’s Edge: Solution-oriented brief therapy with self-harming adolescents. Norton: New York

Selekman, Matthew (1997) Solution Focused Therapy with Children. New York: Guilford Press.

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

Sharry, John, Madden, Brendan, and Darmody, Melissa (2001) Becoming a Solution Detective: A strengths- based guide to brief therapy. London: BT Press.

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

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

Sklare, Gerald (1997) Brief Counselling that Works: A solution-focused approach for school counsellors. Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Corwin Press, Sage Publications.

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.

Tohn, Susan Lee and Oshlag, Jordan (1997) Crossing the Bridge: integrating solution focused therapy into clinical practice. Sudbury, Mass.: Solutions Press.

Walsh, Trish (Ed.) (1997) Solution Focused Child Protection: Towards a positive frame for social work practice. Department of Social Studies Occasional Paper no. 6, Trinity College, Dublin.

Walsh, Trish (2010) The Solution-Focused Helper: ethics and practice in health and social care, Maidenhead, Open University Press/McGraw Hill Education,

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

Weiner-Davis, Michelle (1995) Change Your Life and Everyone In It. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Weiner-Davis, Michelle (1992) Divorce Busting: A revolutionary and rapid program for staying together. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Winbolt, B. (2011)   Solution Focused Therapy for the Helping Professions. London: Jessica Kingsley

Young, Sue (2002) Solutions to Bullying. Tamworth, UK: Nasen

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

Ziegler, Philip and Hiller, Tobey (2001) Recreating Partnership: A solution-oriented, collaborative approach to couples therapy. New York: Norton.


Do you have to be an Optimist?

Do we have to be particular sorts of people to use the Solution Focused approach. Evan George argues that we do not. Using the approach involves adopting a position in a very conscious and determined way and this is based on a choice, It does not depend on the vagaries, the lottery of what sort of person we may happen to be.

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