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Solution-Focused Groupwork

Solution-Focused Groupwork

Second Edition
  • John Sharry - Mater Hospital & Brief Therapy Group, Dublin

November 2007 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Solution-Focused Groupwork (2001) was a major contribution to the literature on groupwork. It has been one of this author's most influential books. The Second Edition contains much new material including the uses of 'problem talk', an activity normally avoided by solution-focused therapists. Preparation for groups, client motivation and collaboration are all explored in detail. The role of (or necessity for?) social time to be built into the therapy model is an interesting and novel idea. Suggestions are made for client evaluation and for creative exercises to enhance the group process. All in all, the result is a valuable and readable new edition' - Dr Alasdair J Macdonald

`Enlightening, clearly written, and helpfully presented...The book echoes what Solution-Focused Groupwork is all about - being practical and optimistic about human potential' - David Jaques, Author of Learning in Groups

`A fund of practical wisdom which will give confidence and encouragement to everyone trying to run groups along solution-focused lines' - Bill O'Connell, Focus on Solutions Limited, Birmingham

`John Sharry has drawn on a combination of extensive experience in running groups and a thorough understanding of current developments to produce an inspiring and practical guide to this powerful way of helping people to change. I have recommended the first edition many times and have been sharing the good news of this new edition ever since I knew it was under way' - John Wheeler MA, UKCP Registered Family Therapist, Social Worker and Independent Trainer.

`Sharry's book offers a persuasive alternative to traditional methods of group practice. The new edition enhances the applicability of an already major contribution to solution-focused practice. It is obviously written from a real practitioner who understands the process and elements of group work. He offers excellent case material throughout to help demonstrated the skills and values of this approach and does so in a readable and engaging manner suitable for students and professionals at all levels of expertise' - Professor Robert Blundo, Ph.D., LCSW, Strengths Collaborative, Department of Social Work, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC. U.S.A.

`This slim tautly written volume disguises an enormously practical treasure store to help group facilitators. Solution-Focused Groupwork should be essential reading' -

Barbara Wilson, Family Mediation in Practice

Solution-Focused Groupwork, Second Edition is a highly practical guide for all professionals who use groups to help people. For those new to the solution-focused approach it provides a clear, step-by-step introduction, while for more experienced practitioners it presents ideas and techniques which can be readily integrated into existing practice.

Using carefully selected case studies, John Sharry takes readers through the various stages in the therapeutic process, from getting started to the final session.

He also provides:

" creative exercises for use in practice,

" guidance on evaluating the outcomes of group work and

" a new model for group supervision.

A real strength of the book is in showing practitioners how to create a constructive, positive and solution-focused group culture and how to maintain this culture in spite of the challenges, tensions and difficulties that naturally arise within groups.

John Sharry is a Principal Social Worker in the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry, Mater Hospital, and part-time Director of the Brief Therapy Group (Private Practice and Consultancy).

Groupwork and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
The Principles of Solution-Focused Groupwork
The Dynamics of Solution-Focused Groups
Designing a Solution-Focused Group
Engaging and Motivating Clients to Attend
The Stages of Solution-Focused Groupwork
Evaluating Groups: Ensuring They Remain on Target
Managing `Difficult' Groups
Creative Exercises to Enhance Group Process
Group Supervision
A Solution-Focused Reflecting Team Model


Very good book. While a lot of books on Solution Focused Brief Therapy are aimed toward one to one encounters this book is original in that it deals with SFBT with respect to groupwork. The book is well structured, contains good examples, case studies and dialouges. I would recommend this book to anyone that wishes to learn more about using SFBT in a group setting.

Dr Davy Walsh
Health Sciences, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
October 21, 2015

An excellent text providing clear and accessible exploration of group work and processes. It will facilitate students having greater knowledge of a contemporary focus in solution focussed work with clients on groups. It provides guidance on all aspects of group work, from conception, through design, and implantation and beyond.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
April 23, 2012

An excellent material that can be used in order to teach social work students with interest in mezzo-practice for a unique way to approach their clients' issues. It helps students and professionals to clearly understand the steps of designing and leading a solution-focus groups

Mr Gregory Neocleous
Human and Behavioral Sciences, European University Cyprus
November 9, 2009

New to the 2nd edition:

  • Chapter 4 has now been divided into two separate chapters which cover the important and fundamental areas of designing, recruiting and maintaining a solution-focused group
  • Now includes a new chapter on supervision
  • General updates and inclusions of new developments in soultion focussed therapy
  • Now includes case studies and examples from a range of client groups and professional contexts (e.g. children and adolescents, parents, community, adult mental health, etc).

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