Timothy Wand, RN NP MHN DAS (Nurs) Grad. Dip (MH Nurs) MN (Hons).
Mental health nursing from a solution focused perspective
Article first published online: 5 MAY 2010
© 2010 The Author. Journal compilation © 2010 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Volume 19, Issue 3, pages 210–219, June 2010
How to Cite
Wand, T. (2010), Mental health nursing from a solution focused perspective. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 19: 210–219. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2009.00659.x
- Issue published online: 5 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 5 MAY 2010
- Accepted October 2009.
- mental health nursing;
- nurse-patient relationship;
- solution focused brief therapy;
- solution focused nursing;
- solution focused therapy
Solution focused therapy (SFT) is a relatively new and increasingly popular model of brief intervention in mental health care. The central assertion of SFT is that the individual's problem or difficulty (and its cause) need not determine the direction in which the discussion proceeds. Instead the role of the SFT practitioner is to identify what the individual wants to be different and then to explore and elaborate on that difference. This paper outlines the principles of SFT and highlights the compatibility of this approach with the core values of nursing practice. Specific strategies and techniques used in SFT are detailed with clinical examples to illustrate the application of SFT to mental health nursing practice. A summary of current research outcomes and future prospects for SFT in clinical practice and education is also presented.