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30 Jan, 2019
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Seth Bernstein, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist who has been leading professional workshops since 1990, most recently on the principles and practice of brief therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. Originally trained as a psychoanalytic therapist, his practice has diversified to include a wide variety of effective, evidence-based techniques used within the solution-focused framework to maximize his clients’ strengths and motivation to change.
Dr. Bernstein is a contributor to the newsletter for the Institute for Solution Focused Therapy and maintains a private practice and consultation service. He has authored several articles on the subject of psychotherapy and recently published a book entitled Emotions, Meaning and Management. In addition to playing music, Dr. Bernstein loves movies – he finds therapeutic value in film and often incorporates clips into his presentations to add richness to the learning process for professionals.
Financial: Seth Bernstein maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Seth Bernstein has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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- Ascertain how a “successful outcome” in therapy is defined when utilizing a solution-focused approach.
- Utilize specific solution-focused techniques to improve client engagement in therapy and improve clinical outcomes.
- Explain the importance of focusing on clients’ values in order to increase motivation and elicit therapeutic change.
- Develop a solution-focused treatment plan that incorporates attainable, client-driven goals.
- Implement clinical interventions that improve clients’ sense of agency and control over their treatment.
- Utilize scaling and the concept of “positive differences” to assist clients in recognizing their competencies and therapeutic progress.
Do More of What’s Working: Integrate Solution-Focused Therapy Into Your Current Approach
Quickly Engage Clients in Treatment: Get Buy-In and Instill Hope During the First Session
- Redefine “successful outcome” in therapy
- Find the exception to the problem
- Who is the expert?
- Stay in the present
- Change language and interventions to be strengths-based
- A new perspective on goal setting
- Limitations of the research and potential risks
Behavior Management Plan Development
- Build the therapeutic alliance
- Decrease resistance and defensiveness
- Integrate Prochaska’s Stages of Change
- Emphasize client competence with the “Yes Set”
- Help clients recognize existing support
- Exercises to identify personal VIPs
- Relationship “deposits”
- Utilize evidence-based compliments to reinforce strengths and coping skills
Gain Therapeutic Momentum: Activate Change Through Collaboration
- A Comprehensive Step-By-Step Guide with Worksheets and Checklists
- Explicitly describe the behavior
- Assess impact of cognition, emotion, medical status, personal history on behavior
- Identify the cause of the behavior
- Interventions to address causes of behaviors
- Environmental changes
- Communication changes
- Schedule changes
- Medical changes
- Staff changes
- Write a thorough behavior intervention plan for the entire care team
- Evaluate the success of the behavior management plan or reasons for failure
Putting It All Together: Combine Strengths and Skills to Create Lasting Change
- Gain a motivational edge by tapping into client values
- Interventions that emphasize client strengths and competencies
- Identify clients’ preferred future with variants of the “Miracle Question”
- Nurture clients’ sense of agency by highlighting:
- Coping skills
- Positive differences
- Progress in treatment
- Elicit change with solution-focused goal setting
- Strategies that facilitate therapeutic change
- Incremental learning
- Between session assignments
- Continue building on the positive
- Resource activation
- Expanding personal VIPs
- Utilize “scaling” as an outcome monitoring and motivational tool
- Work through transference issues that may impede progress
- Termination considerations
- Social Workers
- Case Managers
- Addiction Counselors
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Other Mental Health Professionals
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