Solution-focused practice: a toolkit for working with children and young people

BAZALGETTE Louise, et al
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
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The toolkit presents ideas for worksheets and activities that practitioners have found to be helpful in working with children and young people. It was first developed by NSPCC practitioners to support themselves and their colleagues in conducting solution-focused work with children and young people aged five to 19. The approach of solution-focused brief therapy distinguishes itself from other more traditional forms of interventions because the change that is sought is located in an imagined future. The task of solving problems is approached by seeking to move towards what is wanted instead of trying to move away from an unwanted problem. Key sections include: explaining the solution-focused approach to children; problem-free talk; establishing what is wanted - the destination of the work (best hopes); describing what is wanted in detail - the preferred future; working toward the preferred future - instances, exceptions and scaling questions; the solution team; building on success; and planning and working toward endings. An appendix of tools and worksheets to use with children and young people is also included. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
children, young people, training materials, psychotherapy, counselling;
Content type:
practice guidance
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