SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY IN A PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

Authors


  • Cynthia J. Kok, MSW, MS, is completing a doctoral internship in psychology at the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, Salem, VA, 24153.

  • Jennie Leskela, MSW, is completing a doctoral internship in psychology at the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, 55417.

  • The authors wish to thank Fred Piercy, Frederick G. Lopez, Rebecca Davis Merritt, and anonymous reviewers for their constructive feedback on an earlier draft of this manuscript.

Abstract

This paper presents the authors' use of solution-focused brief therpay in an adult inpatient psychiatric hospital setting. we suggest that a theoretical inteeegration of the medical model and the solution-focused approach provides a useful treatment modality. We discuss implementation of the model, emphasizing assessment, treatment milieu, the role of staff, therapy, and discharge issues. We also describe the model's usefulness for training and supervision and offer recommendations for future research.

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