DQ#2: Describe the basic concepts of solution-focused techniques when working with families dealing with
substance use disorders?
Laura response: In general, solution-focused therapy focuses on finding solutions to creating a productive, happy
life rather than fixing a problem. It puts attention on moving forward rather that what has caused pain,
stagnation, and dysfunction. It is meant to be a brief therapy that provides immediate change and relief. When
working with a family dealing with substance use disorders, the problem is likely already identified and has
brought the group into treatment. The facilitator will ask questions, initially, to determine family goals. Getting a
clear perspective about what the family desires, will help them take the necessary steps to achieve these goals.
Another step is identification of when the family has functioned well and when problems are minimal. Periods of
sobriety and clarity will be identified. This helps the family create a picture of what success looks like (Van
Wyden, 2017). Another important step is assessment. Focus should turn to what is getting better and success that
is occurring, with family effort (Van Wyden, 2017). Continual focus on the goal is necessary in solution focuses
therapy. It is an empowering method that changes perspective from focusing on the problem to finding and
creating the solution.
Wyden, G. V. (2019, February 05). Solution-Focused Family Therapy. Retrieved from
Professor: Laura and Class: “Are there times when this has been less of a problem?”
People do know how to solve problems. Our clients are no exception. The Solution Focused approach
includes asking clients questions such as “Are there times when this has been less of a problem?” Would
that be a helpful question for someone with an addiction? Why or why not?
As always, response is optional but a substantive response can count towards participation.
Professor: Coping Questions
Here is an example of a “coping” question that is used in SFT.
“How have you managed to prevent things from becoming worse?” Would that question work for you? Why or why
Can you think of any other coping questions? As always, response is optional but a substantive response can count
Professor: Rosa and Class: What is the Muddiest Part?
When you consider using SFT and a 12 Step Program together as a part of a treatment plan, what is the “muddiest”
part of that type of collaboration? How might you overcome such challenges? Feel free to respond to another’s
challenges with ideas as well. As always, response is optional.
Re: Topic 6 DQ 1: Is it possible to utilize the solution-focused approach while also working within the traditional
12-step recovery model? Why or why not? Explain by providing specific examples.
In short, yes, it is possible to utilize the solution-focused approach while also working within the traditional 12step recovery model. The 12-step recovery model is not a form of treatment but is meant to be a support system
for those individuals who are in the recovery process (Lewis, Dana, & Blevins, 2015). It is my opinion that all
treatment methods can use support and would benefit by 12-step recovery effort. In particular, the solutionfocused approach fits well with the 12-step method. Solution-focused therapy puts immediate focus on a better
life, the solution rather than the problem. The 12-step program does as well. The first step brings the person to
group, in search of help for a problem. Immediately thereafter, the focus is on a higher power who can restore
sanity, a choice to turn to God, searching, inventory, admission of flaws, a readiness to allow God to remove
them, effort to make right the harm done to other, continued assessment, prayer for more knowledge and
willingness to help others. (Lewis, Dana, & Blevins, 2015). This is in direct compliance with a solution-focused
Lewis, J. A., Dana, R. Q., & Blevins, G. A. (2015). Substance abuse counseling. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Good afternoon Laura,
Re: Topic 6 DQ 1
Yes it is possible to utilize solution-focuses approach while working within the 12 step recovery program because
solution-focused approach is considered to be one of the strategic/interactional therapies that is used very
successfully with the connection of the 12-step program. This is because they can recognize triggers that can lead
to relapse or exploring other obstacles that can prevent the client from going to AA meetings, which can be
applied to important points in maintaining sobriety. For example, the counselor could help the client recognize the
consequences for not partcipating in the sessions, that it could lead to recurring negative behaviors and habits.
When a client looks at himself/herself to be weak over the disease, the two appraoches together can help the
client become well aware that they have control over their choices that could lead them to substance abuse.
(NCBI, Ch. 5)
Reference: NCBI, Ch. 5 Brief Strategic/Interactional Therapies Retrieved
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