Monday, November 27, 2006

While I'm At It - Another New Link

Just found what looks like another great link...

In The Room is a blog focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. The title is suggestive of the blog's focus on clinical techniques rather than theories. Mark's recent post on therapists' favorite questions has me thinking of some things I've been learning recently about 'purposeful' questioning and 'circular' questioning, both of which suggest that there is more to asking a question than simply asking a question.

What I mean is that a question may be used as an indirect suggestion. For example, asking a client "How do you think you might manage to get out of that power struggle with your wife?" may be an effective way to introduce the notion that he is in a power struggle.

In the case of circular questioning, the therapist asks questions which call attention to the interactive processes going on in a family or relationship. An example might be asking a daughter "Who in the family seems to notice first when Mom and Dad are in a power struggle?" This type of question invites any family members present to consider the recursive nature of their relationships.

New Link - Bill O'Hanlon

Hello Friends, Long time no write.

I've been busy, clocking away internship hours at a family therapy center. I've had a million things to write about, but not much time to do so. In the meantime I've added a link to the side bar. It's the website of Bill O'Hanlon, If your not familiar with Bill, he is a therapist who founded what he calls Solution-Oriented Therapy. As the name suggests, it's akin to Solution-Focused Therapy. I'm adding his link for a few reasons. One, I'm really interested in learning more about Bill and his work. My internship supervisors have turned me on to some of his articles, which have been very eye-opening for me. Secondly, the site is a great example of what a therapist with some ingenuity and entrepeneurial spirit can do.

Hope you are all well.