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Solution oriented brief psychotherapy: A literature review

27 July 1990


This paper is a discussion of a model of brief psychotherapy in which the focus is on finding solutions to client complaints. The current state of psychotherapy research advocates the movement away from comparative outcome studies and towards a detailed analysis within a particular treatment model. Consequently, the concepts, assumptions, techniques, and nomenclature of solution oriented brief psychotherapy (SOBP) are carefully defined. The literature also espouses the examination of good moments in treatment and the dismantling of the moments in a search for the critical determinant elements. Current research also calls for the multiple-interval evaluations of concretized outcome measures observable by the therapist, client, and others in the client's life. The author presents four case studies meeting the research recommendations. The clinical issues relating to SOBP are discussed and future research directions are suggested.


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