A solution-focused guessing game for children

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This intervention is an adaptation of the prediction interventions used in solution-focused therapy (de Shazer, 1988, 1991). An elemental process of the solution-focused model is to track solutions and exceptions to the presenting problem. Clients are often able to point out exceptions or “good days�? when their pr.oblems are not present or are not as severe. Some clients are able to hypothesize about why these days are better than others, although many clients are not and maintain that their exceptions are random. A prediction intervention is designed to promote client awareness of their own agency in their exceptions. In these assignments, clients are asked to predict each day whether the following day will be a symptomfree or symptom-reduced day, or whether it will be a symptomatic day. Predicting an outcome tends to create a self-fulfilling prophecy because of the tendency for the client to behave in ways that increase the likelihood of the predicted outcome. Through an increase in symptom-free or symptomreduced days, the client comes to understand that these exceptions are not random and that they have some control over their problems. This intervention also communicates the important message that the therapist believes the exception is predictable and thus controllable. This intervention can be framed as a guessing game for use with children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication101 More Interventions in Family Therapy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781317791454
ISBN (Print)0789005700, 9780789000583
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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    Dankoski, M. E. (2014). A solution-focused guessing game for children. In 101 More Interventions in Family Therapy (pp. 162-165). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315810072-44