In this age of dysregulation, therapists are reporting worldwide seeing more clients presenting with multiple self-destructive behaviors and feeling at a loss for where to begin and what works with these clinically challenging situations. To further complicate matters, the clients' couple partners, parents, or other family members may be grappling with self-destructive difficulties as well. This book provides a plethora of practical guidelines, therapeutic tools and strategies, client worksheets, and full length case examples for working effectively with these difficult clinical practice situations. The Collaborative Strengths-Based Brief Family Therapy treatment approach is applied to couple and family therapy with self-injurious, eating-distressed, substance abusing, problematic gambling, and excessive Internet and cyber-sex abusing clients. Unlike the narrow and more widely held traditional Twelve Step/disease model approach to these difficulties, the treatment methods espoused in this book are eco-systemic, based on Buddhist principles, are wellness-oriented and strengths-based, incorporate scientific research on what works in successful psychotherapy, and clients have the lead voice with treatment planning and goal-setting. Michele Weiner-Davis says: "If you feel stymied about how to help clients transform self-destructive habits into virtuous ones, this is just the book for you. Selekman and Beyebach demonstrate the similarities inherent in many self-destructive habits and offer an effective skeleton key for helping clients make life-altering changes. This is a must-read!"
In this engaging practice-oriented guidebook, cutting-edge strategies are presented for helping children and their families overcome a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges. Vivid case material illustrates how to engage clients rapidly and implement interventions that elicit their strengths. Integrating concepts and tools from a variety of therapeutic traditions, a plethora of powerful therapeutic questions, family play and art therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused, and positive psychology rituals and therapeutic experiments are discussed. The book highlights effective ways to promote spontaneity, fun, and new possibilities, especially with clients who feel demoralized and stuck in longstanding difficulties and entrenched patterns of interaction. Trouble-shooting guidelines are provided for getting unstuck with highly complex and challenging child treatment dilemmas. Says Eliana Gil: “The books that truly captivate me are few and far between, and this one was compelling and immediately useful. Selekman embraces the creative imagination and puts it at the forefront of his work with families. I was particularly struck by his determination to engage children directly, give them a strong voice, and focus consistently on the family's strengths. This book is fun and informative reading; I highly recommend it!”
The first of its kind and comprehensive treatment manual for utilizing Collaborative Strengths-Based Brief Therapy with adolescent and young adult self-harming clients and their couple partners and families. The most up to date research findings on adolescent and adult self-harm are presented clearly that can inform clinical practice with this challenging treatment population. The treatment manual covers individual, couple, family, group, intensive outpatient, and school-based day treatment modalities. It is filled with many case examples and practical guidelines illustrating how to use the major therapeutic strategies and tools described in this book. Special treatment dilemmas with highly complex case situations and trouble-shooting guidelines also are presented.
Lynn Hoffman says: "Matthew Selekman's treatment manual is a big, chewy plumcake of a book. A grateful clinical audience can generalize from this book to almost any other dilemma. Selekman continually surprises us."more
This book is about how to maintain an aliveness to the possibilities in therapy and practice and how to challenge ideas of orthodoxy in theory and methodologies that can become stale or followed like religions. The central metaphor is the performance of practice emphasized in the spoken word and expressed in all its non-verbal complexity. How we, as practitioners, use every aspect of our being to communicate with the other in practice, how we shape and mould our words through gesture and other non-verbal actions in response to the gestures and words of others in a continually recursive process. Therapy is an enactment, a performance that is created between all the participants. more
In this revised and expanded paperback edition of Living on the Razor’s Edge: Solution-Oriented Brief Family Therapy with Self-Harming Adolescents, readers will find a new and highly practical preface that offers parents valuable guidelines for preventing and constructively managing their adolescents’ self-harming behavior and for strengthening their relationships with them. The innovative Stress-Busters’ Leadership Group, an eight-session skill-building group for self-harming adolescents also is presented in this book. Says Bill O’Hanlon: “This book is not only on the razor’s edge of innovative, effective therapy—it is a cut above.”
Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents
Second Edition Matthew D. Selekman
In this revised and expanded second edition, readers will find a wide range of innovative therapeutic tools and strategies for creating possibilities with challenging adolescents and their families. Another unique feature of this book, is a mini-manual for running the Solution-Oriented Parenting Group. Says Harlene Anderson: "The second edition of Pathways to Change takes Selekman's integrative and strength-based therapy model for adolescents and their families to a new level. Offering numerous practical guidelines and clinical vignettes---and daring to be unconventional and sensible at the same time---Selekman invites readers to rethink the way they conceptualize adolescents and their problems, and provides new therapeutic tools for their repertoire. Practitioners at any level of experience will unquestionably benefit from Selekman's experience, confidence, compassion, optimism, and down-to-earth manner. The richness of Pathways is immeasurable; you must read it yourself!"
The child’s voice is often lost in family therapy sessions.
This book presents an innovative family therapy approach that
honors the child’s voice, while simultaneously maintaining
a systemic focus for where to target interventions. The book is
packed with many creative and playful therapeutic strategies and
techniques. Says John Burnham: “It is the playfulness that
comes through in this book and, in a time when theory often seems
to dominate, adds a refreshing dose of the practical, in which
Wilson takes traditional and contemporary theories and plays fully
with them in the context of how he works with children and, perhaps
more importantly, how children work with him. I invite you to
read, experiment, learn from, and enjoy this excellent contribution
to the systemic literature.”
Todd and Selekman present eleven different family therapy
approaches for treating adolescent substance abusers. Important
family therapy research findings are also discussed in this book.
Says Don Efron: “Family Therapy Approaches with Adolescent
Substance Abusers is a valuable addition to the field."