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Solution-Focused Therapy

by Insoo Kim Berg
Watch  Insoo Kim Berg masterfully demonstrate Solution-Focused Therapy in an actual therapy session. What a treat to see this legendary therapist in action!

Part of the 15-video series: Psychotherapy with the Experts

Solution-Focused Therapy
As the name implies, Solution-Focused Therapy emphasizes clients’ existing strengths and skills instead of problems and psychopathology. In this video, Berg demonstrates her uniquely optimistic and supportive therapy style, and her faith that however difficult or desperate the client's situation appears to be, by tapping into the clients' internal resources she can help them make positive changes in their lives . See how effectively she connects with the client, using her language, tracking how the client frames her problems, and mirroring her skills and assets. Hosts Jon Carlson and Diane Kjos introduce Berg and facilitate an enlightening discussion, which sheds light on the subtle nuances of this seemingly simplistic approach.

If you've heard of Solution Focused Therapy, or even read some of Insoo's books, but never had a chance to see her in action, you're in for a real treat.  Her style is unique, but her optimism is almost contagious.  Even if her approach is quite different from how you typically work, you will surely find something from watching her that you can use or be inspired by.

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If you have read a book about SFT and are left with that dry theoretical residue of "Yes, but how does it look in practice?", "How it does really work?", then this DVD is for you. Berg & de Shazer were the core originators of the approach. In this DVD, Berg does a good job of answering the main theoretical questions and then delivers a masterly therapeutic session which incorporates a mini-time-out-supervision session with de Shazer, before therapy resumes. I think many viewers will smile watching this and be surprised at Berg's practical honesty. Even if you don't agree with the approach I am sure you will learn something useful. Recommended.
 - Andrew Barley, MA, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, UK
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From watching this Solution-Focused Therapy video, you will:

• Develop an understanding of the key concepts of Solution-Focused Therapy including assuming the client as expert, and focusing on strengths and solutions, rather than problems and diagnoses.
• Gain insight into Insoo Kim Berg's interview style and how she responds to clients using their words, mirrors their skills and assets, and reframes problems into solutions.
• Learn how to apply Solution-Focused techniques including the Miracle Question, Scaling, and Exceptions to your own therapeutic work with clients.
Length of video: 2:01:00
Number of Discs: 1
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
This DVD plays in All Regions
Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-124-0
Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-124-5
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-125-9
Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-125-2
Insoo Kim Berg

Insoo Kim Berg, MSSW (1934-2007), was co-founder and director of the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, WI. She developed the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) model with her partner, Steve de Shazer. A native of Korea, Insoo balanced her heritage with Western scientific training in her clinical practice and teaching.

Berg served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Family Psychology and Counseling Series, Families in Society, and Family Process. She was a founder of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association, clinical member and approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and was also active in the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the National Association of Social Workers, and the European Brief Therapy Association. She was a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences and regularly conducted seminars and workshops on SFBT throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Asia, and Europe.

A prolific writer, Insoo published eight highly acclaimed books in ten years, including More than Miracles: The State of the Art of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (2007), Tales of Solutions (2001), Building Solutions in Child Protective Services (2000), and Interviewing for Solutions (1997 and 2001, 2nd ed).

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It was most helpful to be able to see how Berg uses the Solution Focused Approach with an actual client--especially to note the timing, body language, and tone of voice, and to hear her explanations.
Keiko Sosro, Volunteer Counselor, Tokyo Japan
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CE credits: 2
Learning objectives:

  • Identify key concepts of Solution-Focused Therapy including assuming the client as expert, and focusing on strengths and solutions, rather than problems and diagnoses.
  • Describe Insoo Kim Berg?s interview style and how she responds to clients using their words, mirrors their skills and assets, and reframes problems into solutions.
  • Apply Solution-Focused techniques including the Miracle Question, Scaling, and Exceptions to your own therapeutic work with clients.