The Validity of Solution Focused Therapy

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Problem Solving Vs. Solution Focus
By Ashli Gross Univeristy of Walla Walla

If the history of science has taught us anything, it should be that there will always be a conflict with the well founded set of ideas and beliefs and the emergence of new information and ideas that threaten the current socially acceptable paradigm. We see it when Galileo claimed that the Earth revolved around the sun and engaged in much contraversy with the church. We read about the fight between Wilhelm Wundt and William James over Structuralism and Functionalism. And of course we have learned about the Behaviorism and the Cognitivism debate. As we think about these times in history, most of us would most likely think of something along the lines of how silly the establish paridgm was behaving. Many could easily be puzzled by why reputatable people would deny perfectly good evidence disproving or changing the way people think about things. It's easy to view these arguements as silly when you read about them in past tense, but the exactly same scientific battles are still raging on. The particular battle that I am referring to right now is the fight between the Problem Solving paradgm and the the Soultion-Focused paradgm.

Therapuetic structures such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy are currently one of the many accepted (or at least somewhat accepted) for of therapy at this particular time. These therapeutic measures have the potential to do a very effective job at improving peope's lives and in fact they have been doing so for many years. But like with any man made creation there are gaps in the paradigm that any therapist with half a heart would want to fill in. Or at least that's the logical way to think about it. The arrival of Solution-Focused Therapy takes care of a lot of the pitfalls that the other mainstream therapies suffer from. You...
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