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A Guide to Possibility Land:
51 Methods for Doing Brief, Respectful Therapy

by William Hudson O'Hanlon and Sandy Beadle, 1999
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A Guide to Possibility Land: Fifty-One Methods for Doing Brief, Respectful Therapy
William Hudson O'Hanlon, Sandy Beadle, Bill O'Hanlon, Sandy Beadle

The power of this 86-page handbook lies in its simplicity and clarity. It is a ‘must have’ for any therapist, and a ‘should have’ for anyone who is interested in improving their abilities to solve problems, create beneficial outcomes and find possibilities when others can't.

Each one of the 51 methods in Possibility Land gets its own page, which include ‘Framing difficulty as a stage’, ‘Use metaphors and stories’, Find competence’, ‘Magic Wand questions’ and ‘Multiple choice’.

I've got a feeling that, in time, A Guide to Possibility Land may become one of the most 'thumbed' books in our library.

ts: Chapter 1. Carl Rogers with a Twist
1.1 Possibility-laced acknowledgment
1.2 Escalator language
1.3 Read the feedback
1.4 Match the language
1.5 Utilization
1.6 Inclusion
1.7 Include objections
1.8 Include opposites
1.9 Validate, value, & hold accountable
1.10 Give permission
1.11 Decline invitations to blame
Chapter 2. Change the Viewing
2.1 Use humor
2.2 Assume times without the problem
2.3 Assume client is active agent
2.4 Deframe
2.5 Use action descriptions not labels
2.6 Depathologize by changing labels
2.7 Frame difficulty as a stage
2.8 Beat them to the punch
2.9 Normalize
2.10 Split & Link
2.11 Externalize the problem
2.12 Use metaphors and stories
2.13 Provide new frames of reference
Chapter 3. Map Problems and Goals
3.1 Negotiate specific and achievable goals
3.2 Specify the complaint
3.3 Specify achievable goals
3.4 Quantify vague goals
3.5 Find sub-goals
3.6 Use multiple choice
3.7 Use magic wand questions
3.8 Presuppose goal achievement
3.9 Avoid symptom talk
3.10 Go for directions and trends
Chapter 4. Connect with Internal and External Resources
4.1 Evoke and experience of resourcefulness
4.2 Find choice-points
4.3 Find times without the problem
4.4 Find exceptions to the problem
4.5 Find what worked
4.6 Find competence
4.7 Transfer competence
4.8 Who or what else can help?
4.9 How come it didn't get worse?
4.10 Find the ending or stopping pattern
Chapter 5. Change the Doing
5.1 Map patterns
5.2 Compare and contrast
5.3 Pattern interventions
5.4 Restore what worked
5.5 Action plan with homework
5.6 Relapse prevention
5.7 Know when to stop
Back words: The Next, But Not Final Frontier




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