Tips for Talking with Teens: Solution Focused Strategies in Schools

By | May 6th, 2017|Newsletter|

bY Sylvia True
Head of High School Science and Technology Department
Holliston High School, Holliston, MA

We asked Dr. Anne Lutz to give our science department at Holliston High School a presentation on solution focused skills in schools. The goal was for the teachers to gain a basic understanding

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Solution-Focused Inspirations for the Educator

By | May 6th, 2017|Newsletter|

kids-having-fun-in-school By Terry S. Trepper, Ph.D.[1], and Yvonne M. Dolan, M.A.[2]

Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) principles have been increasingly applied to areas beyond the traditional psychotherapy field. These areas include social work and case management, the medical professions, business and management consulting, and education.

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 The Pragmatics of Hope: What to Do When All Seems Lost

By | May 6th, 2017|Newsletter|

by Yvonne Dolan

Note: This article was originally published in The Psychotherapy Networker (2003) January/February issue and reprinted (2015)by The Psychotherapy Networker online.

It was a completely full morning flight to Los Angeles. Despite the post 9-11 security procedures, our United Airlines flight was actually leaving on time. Everyone, passengers and crew alike, seemed in pretty good spirits. Then I noticed the man seated across the aisle. He was hunched over, his face in his hands, the muscles in his back shaking. He nodded almost imperceptibly when the attendant gently touched his shoulder and reminded him to fasten his seat belt in preparation for takeoff.

A few minutes into the flight, I heard the muffled sound of sobbing. After a few minutes, I leaned across the aisle and asked, “Are you okay?” He shook his head. “Is there anything I can do?” Again, he shook his head.

A little later, a flight attendant walked down the aisle, noticed the man’s sobbing, and asked, “Do you need anything?” He shook his head and cleared his throat.

“My wife and all four of my kids were killed last night in a car accident. I’m on my way back to Hawaii to make the funeral arrangements. I moved over here [the flight had originated in Chicago] for my work.” His voice broke. “They were going to join me when the school term ended. ”

“I don’t know what to say, sir,” the attendant said gently. “I’m so sorry. Are you sure there isn’t anything I can get you?” Again, he shook his head. “I just need to get through the next two flights, so I can do what needs to be done. Our family is all flying over from the mainland for the funeral and I’m going to have to pick them up and make arrangements. I was up all night last night after they called me, so I’m going to try to get some sleep.”

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Solution Focused Coaching

By | March 1st, 2017|Coaching, Newsletter, Training|


For Medical Professionals, Educators, and Clinicians

The Solution-Focused Approach can be used successfully to find satisfying outcomes for both patients and clinicians alike. My hope is for clients to build on and rekindle excitement and enthusiasm for their profession, enhance feelings of hope and optimism and offer practical “how to” skills to enhance your career. Working in the medical field requires great skill, stamina and resilience and consequently can be highly fulfilling and stressful. I am pleased to be offering individual and small group Solution-Focused Coaching for people working in the medical profession including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nutritionists, and other medical professionals.

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How Solution-Focused Therapy can help battle the Opioid Epidemic: Tools to Enhance Engagement

By | March 1st, 2017|Newsletter|

Anne Bodmer Lutz, B.S.N., M.D.

The current epidemic of opioid use has been called the worst drug crisis in American history with associated overdose deaths building across the nation. It is affecting nearly every city and town in the United State and is the epidemic of the 21st Century. For this reason, we thought it is critical to address this in our first newsletter. I have found my work in treating those clients and family members coping with substance abuse an incredible privilege and immensely rewarding.

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How Solution Focused Therapy Can Help to Cope with Grief and Loss

By | February 28th, 2017|Newsletter|

By Jim Dunn, MS

I am inspired to share a fictional representation of a composite case example based on a recent practice exercise I that I tried. I spoke a person, who I will name Jeff. He had seen several therapists in the past and tried several different approaches, but continued to struggle with depressive symptoms.

The exercise I practiced was about exceptions/positive differences and finding resources that reside within clients. I asked him how he has been able to cope with the depression. He had a pause and said that he never thought about that before. He said

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Hope Springs Eternal. What is your best hope for today?

By | February 28th, 2017|Newsletter|

By Christiaan Von Woerden

After a year of observing and assisting medical interns in dealing with children and thinking about my role as a pediatrician in Cape Town, (formally called Cape of Good Hope), I am invited to organize a two-day solution focused workshop around medical history taking in children and their parents. I am thrilled.

Born Dutch and trained as a medical specialist in the Netherlands, I felt uplifted after becoming adept at solution focused brief therapy and its use in medical practice.

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What is Solution-focused Therapy?

By | February 28th, 2017|Newsletter|

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), also called Solution-Focused Therapy, Solution-Building Practice therapy was developed by Steve de Shazer (1940-2005), and Insoo Kim Berg (1934-2007) and their colleagues beginning in the late 1970’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As the name suggests, SFBT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy.

The entire solution-focused approach was developed inductively in an inner city

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An Inspiring Conversation with Dr. Margret Chang, M.D.

By | February 28th, 2017|Newsletter, Training|

How Solution Focused Therapy can enhance care of the medically complex patient

An Inspiring Conversation with Dr. Margret Chang, M.D.
Anne Bodmer Lutz, B.S.N., M.D.

I have had the immense pleasure of meeting Dr. Chang, who has combined training in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. She dedicates her work to the care of medically and socially complex patients in underserved areas. She recently has been introduced the Solution-Focused Approach, and has been trying Solution-Focused Skills in the care of her patients. She has found it both inspiring for herself and beneficial for her patients. We recently spent a few hours sipping tea and conversing about the ways in which she has found Solution-Focused tools helpful in her practice. Below are a few of the pearls she has noticed in her work.

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How the Solution-Focused Approach can promote healthy behaviors in a busy public health nutrition clinic.

By | February 28th, 2017|Newsletter|

By Richard Kahn

I am inspired to share a fictional representation of a composite case example based on the type of client issues that I am presented with in a public health nutrition clinic that allows for limited time for interventions frequent one-off encounters. As a beginner, I am motivated to practice my newly acquired solution-focused skills that I am learning within the class. The clinic is a challenging, yet rewarding place to practice as the cases are often complex once the clients are given the opportunity to open up. I will call this client “Tina”. Tina is 29 years old pregnant client who was self-referred with rapid weight gain of 20 pounds in the past 2 months. She was already obese, reported limited family and social connections and said she likes to be independent. I had about 20 minutes with this client, of which at least 5 minutes was managing bureaucratic details.

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