Solution-Focused Groupwork

Solution-Focused Groupwork

by John Sharry


Solution-Focused Groupwork, Second Edition is a highly practical guide for all professionals who use groups to help people. For those new to the solution-focused approach it provides a clear, step-by-step introduction, while for more experienced practitioners it presents ideas and techniques which can be readily integrated into existing practice.

Using carefully selected case studies, John Sharry takes readers through the various stages in the therapeutic process, from getting started to the final session.

He also provides:

” creative exercises for use in practice,

” guidance on evaluating the outcomes of group work and

” a new model for group supervision.

A real strength of the book is in showing practitioners how to create a constructive, positive and solution-focused group culture and how to maintain this culture in spite of the challenges, tensions and difficulties that naturally arise within groups.

‘A major contribution to the literature on groupwork.’
Dr. Alastair J. MacDonald, President European Brief Therapy Association

‘Solution-Focused Groupwork picks up where Irvin Yalom’s classic ‘Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy’ left off. In a thoughtful, step-by-step, and easy-to read fashion, John Sharry integrates the best from established principles of group
therapy with recent advances in brief, strength-based, resiliency-oriented treatment approaches. A must read for practitioners working with groups.’

Scott D. Miller, Co-founder, Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change, Chicago, USA

‘John Sharry has fluency with language that allows complexity to sit side by side with clarity and ideas to flow across the page. This is a book that must be read by anyone interested in front line developments in solution-focused therapy.’
Chris Iveson, Brief Therapy Practice, London

‘This slim tautly written volume disguises an enormous practical treasure store to help group facilitators. Solution Focused Groupwork should be essential reading.’
  Barbara Wilson, Family Mediation in Practice

‘Enlightening, clearly written, and helpfully presented…The book echoes what Solution-Focused Groupwork is all about – being practical and optimistic about human potential.’
David Jaques, Author of Learning in Groups

‘Embraces the much deeper philosophical aspects of solution focused work that are relevant for every human group. … Sharry writes extremely well and skillfully interweaves theory and practice.’
John Lande

‘A persuasive alternative to traditional methods of group practice… obviously written from a real practitioner who understands the process and elements of group work.’
Prof. Robert Blundo, Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Sage Publications
ISBN 978-1412929851
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