Words Were Originally Magic Hardcover – 1 Sep 1994
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Examines the idea that words possess a "magical" quality that has been lost to the modern world, a notion expressed by Freud in his quote "words were originally magic". This text demonstrates ways in which words and numbers can be used in solution-focused therapy.
About the Author
The late Steve de Shazer, founder and director of the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a psychotherapist, author of six renowned books, and developer and pioneer of solution-focused brief therapy.
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It's kind of a book of two halves, the first about language and construction, the second offers transcripts and notes from cases for the reader's perusal. I found the first stretched me and, although complex, I found it rewarding. The second half has influenced my work with substance users greatly. Stunning in it's simplicity, it shows how to engage clients, focus them on the future and help them to work on the things that they see as most important. de Shazer makes no assumptions, keeping things beautifully relevant to the client's goals, not imposing his view or rules on to the client.
If you're starting out in Solution Focused Therapy I'd recommend something more basic like Problem to Solution by George et al, but if you've had a taster and liked it check this out and witness one of the originators of SFT in action.