STEVE DE SHAZER AND THE FUTURE OF SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY

Authors


  • Terry S. Trepper, PhD, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Purdue University Calumet; Yvonne Dolan, MA, Hammond, Indiana; Eric McCollum, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Falls Church; Thorana S. Nelson, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Utah State University.

Terry S. Trepper, PhD, Family Studies Center, Purdue University Calumet, 2200 169th St., Hammond, Indiana, 46323; E-mail: trepper@calumet.purdue.edu

Abstract

Steve de Shazer who, along with Insoo Kim Berg, co-founded the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) approach, recently passed away. In this article we will offer a brief biographical sketch and then discuss the current state of the art of SFBT as it applies to practice, training, and research. Future directions for SFBT, such as the emergence of professional associations, the increased research interest in SFBT as evidenced-based practice, the recent focus on process-research to determine the mechanisms of change within SFBT, and the application of SFBT to education are discussed.

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