Solution-focused group therapy for substance abuse: Extending competency-based models

TitleSolution-focused group therapy for substance abuse: Extending competency-based models
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMcCollum, EE, Trepper, TS, Smock, S
JournalJournal of Family Psychotherapy
PublisherHaworth Press
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0897-53531540-4080
Accession Number2004-11868-003. First Author & Affiliation: McCollum, Eric E.
KeywordsDrug abuse, Drug Dependency, Group Psychotherapy, group treatment, interviewing, Motivation, motivational interviewing, Psychotherapeutic Techniques, Social Support, Solution-Focused Therapy, Substance Abuse, treatment approach

Solution-Focused Therapy provides a framework by which a competence-based group treatment can be provided to clients who are struggling with substance abuse and dependence. Solution-Focused Group Therapy (SFGT) both preserves the underlying philosophy of competence-based approaches and can be delivered in a group format. The other primary competence-based treatment approach in the substance abuse field, Motivational Interviewing, remains an individual approach that has yet to be successfully formulated for group treatment. There is a need for competence-based group treatment in the substance abuse field, however, since the majority of treatment agencies provide treatment in a group format, and group treatment has the advantages of providing social support, modeling of success, and inspiring hope. This paper reviews the literature on Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy, argues for the usefulness of SFBT in group format, briefly describes a format for SFGT, and provides a case example of a SFGT session. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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