Doing What Works in Brief Therapy - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780123741752, 9780080557328

Doing What Works in Brief Therapy

2nd Edition

A Strategic Solution Focused Approach

Authors: Ellen Quick
eBook ISBN: 9780080557328
Paperback ISBN: 9780123741752
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 31st December 2007
Page Count: 336
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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


This book 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.


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About the Authors

Ellen Quick Author

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