Postmodern Model Description and Case Analysis

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Qinglong Hao, Jie Zhang, Xueyuan Zhu


In this study, the postmodern model described and analyzed is solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT). Insoo Kim Berg (1934-2007) and Steve de Shazer (1940-2005) developed the SFBT model. The model is goal-directed and future-focused in such a way that it emphasizes solutions. Hence, the model focuses less on the problems that prompt clients to seek therapeutic services. Indeed, the approach was devised from the context of an inner city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The target environment involved an outpatient mental health service context. Notably, the model’s developers observed the emotions, behaviors, and activities of therapists and the manner in which they shaped the therapeutic sessions’ outcomes; with particular emphasis on clients. The central assumption of this postmodern model is that all clients exhibit some degree of knowledge regarding some of the issues that could improve the quality of their lives. The eventuality is that all persons seeking therapeutic assistance have some minimal skills required towards the realization of solutions.

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