ABSTRACT

Solution-focused therapy is an intervention approach that has been described and applied in a wide variety of situations (see de Shazer, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1991a, 1994; Berg, 1994a; Berg & Miller, 1992; Berg & Reuss, 1997; DeJong & Berg. 1997; Dolan, 1991; George, Iveson, & Ratner, 1990; S. D. Miller & Berg, 1995; S. D. Miller, Hubble, & Duncan, 1996; J. J . Murphy, 1998; Walter & Peller, 1992). Initially, the approach emerged in an inductive manner; that is, from studying what clients and therapists did which preceded their declaring problems "solved." It was noticed that problems were described as "solved" (or resolved, dissolved, or no longer

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problems) when clients began to engage in new and different perceptions and behaviors vis-a-vis the presenting difficulty. This recognition led to de Shazer's "basic rules" of solution-focused therapy (see Hoyt, 1996c, p. 68):

l. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 2. Once you know what works, do more of it. 3. If it doesn't work, don't do it again; do something different.