Doing What Works in Brief Therapy

Doing What Works in Brief Therapy

A Strategic Solution Focused Approach

2nd Edition - December 31, 2007

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  • Author: Ellen Quick
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080557328
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123741752

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Doing What Works in Brief Therapy: A Strategic Solution Focused Approach is both a set of procedures for the therapist and a philosophy– one that is shared with clients and one that guides the work of the therapist. This second edition continues its excellence in offering clinicians a guide to doing what works in brief therapy- for whom, and when and how to use it. Psychotherapy that follows these guidelines validates the client’s most important concerns – and it often turns out to be surprisingly brief. Author, Ellen Quick integrates strategic and solution focused therapy and includes guidelines for tailoring technique and interventions to client characteristics and preferences. With clinically rich examples throughout, this book offers applications for couples, including indications for individual or conjoint sessions.

Key Features

  • Chapter summaries highlighting key points
  • Presents ways of eliciting what clients most want to remember
  • Describes the "Doing What Works Group," including outcome research findings and all materials needed to run the group
  • Addresses the relationship among the positive psychology movement and this approach and the potential for collaboration
  • Emphasizes an acceptance-based stance and how acceptance commonly leads to change
  • Proposes that "doing what works and changing what doesn't" can provide a transtheoretical perspective for therapists of any orientation


Practicing Clinicians, and students and professors in psychological counseling and psychotherapy

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Origins, Additional Perspectives, and the Model
    Clarifying the Problem: "What's the Trouble?"
    Amplifying the Solution: Variations on the Miracle Question
    Evaluating Attempted Solutions: If It Doesn't Work, Do Something Different; Designing the Intervention: Validation, Compliment, Suggestion
    You Can Take it With You: "What Do You Want to Remember?"
    Therapist Decisions: Clarifying, Amplifying or Interrupting
    Coping with Difficult Situations
    Brief Therapy: Problems and Solutions in Managed Care
    Medication and the Model
    Problems and Solutions with Couples
    "Doing What Works" Group Therapy
    Doing What Works and Changing What Doesn't As a Transtheoretical Perspective; Case Examples and Excerpts from Single-Session, Brief, and Intermittent Therapy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: December 31, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080557328
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123741752

About the Author

Ellen Quick

Ellen K. Quick, Ph.D., earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has practiced psychology for over twenty years, specializing in brief psychotherapy. Since 1981, Dr. Quick has worked at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California.

Affiliations and Expertise

Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, CA, USA

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  • San D. Wed Apr 15 2020


    Dr. Quick is the only psychotherapist in the world I trust. She is an international treasure.