By Ronald E. Warner

Too usually medical professionals, therapists, and social employees ask “what’s mistaken on your life?” instead of “what do you want?” Ronald E. Warner’s Solution-Focused Interviewing is a pragmatic consultant to chatting with consumers utilizing a solution-driven and strength-based strategy that empowers consumers and is helping them to discover lasting suggestions to their problems.

In Solution-Focused Interviewing, asking questions about consumers’ targets and assets ­– the strengths that would allow them to switch their lives – is the foundation of a three-phase healing strategy that builds empathy sooner than assisting consumers to set practical pursuits and construct a plan to accomplish them.

Based on greater than twenty years of solution-focused treatment workshops and Warner’s large medical adventure, Solution-Focused Interviewing is the 1st ability improvement guide according to this cutting edge tri-phase method of interviewing.

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If the question asks about problems and pathologies, then the client is likely to join in and provide evidence that co-constructs a different view of his or her life. (McGee, Del Vento, & Bavelas, 2005, p. 371) 34 Solution-Focused Interviewing Microanalysis and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy When a solution-focused interviewer asks questions that are positive in orientation – about client strengths, resources, and hopes for the future – clients are invited to answer from a framework that accepts that these are an important part of their life experience.

One either explores the problem and its antecedents (the problem-focused paradigm), or one utilizes the client’s strengths and goals to build a solution. These differences in process are summarized in the following chart, which compares the questions of the problem-focused paradigm with those of the strength-based paradigm. Comparison of Problem-Focused and Solution-Focused Questions Example: The patient, Mrs Brown, complains about conflicts with her husband over his lack of understanding of her illness and her growing frustration with him.

Client and Counsellor Satisfaction: The Ryerson University Study My interests in brief therapy and in understanding the factors that contribute to client satisfaction in treatment led me to undertake a new study at Ryerson University in 1996. The purpose of the study was to determine whether there was a relationship between client satisfaction and the number of counselling sessions attended. The clients in this study were students who sought personal counselling at a large urban Canadian university.

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