Creating Positive Futures - a valued book about Solution Focused Recovery from Mental Distress, co-written by Lucie Duncan, Rayya Ghul & Sarah Mousley.

Creating Positive Futures bookThis book has been written by three occupational therapists. It is a valuable resource for anybody working in the fields of mental health and disability, regardless of professional discipline. It is not only for occupational therapists but also for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses.

It demonstrates a respectful, structured and realistically optimistic way of talking with troubled people so that their own strengths and resources are highlighted. This book introduces their Solution Focused Measure of Occupational Function.

They emphasise ways of eliciting the client's ideas about what will improve matters rather than promoting the professional's. As the writer Pascal said, "People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they themselves discovered than by those which have come into the minds of others".

This book is clearly written and almost completely free of jargon. It contains many useful case examples and suggestions for generative questions and the authors have avoided the book becoming a therapy-by-numbers "cook-book". I strongly recommend it.

Brian Cade - Primary author of A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy

Here are what some readers have said about the book:

The book was 'un-putdownable'. In the work that I do its the very thing I've been looking for. I was able to utilise what I'd learnt the very next day with great results. I feel that the book has given me the key I needed, not just for work but in my own life.The book is concise and readable and has provided me with answers. (Jo Sidders)

"I've just finished the book, it made me wish that I was working again. I do hope it has been well-received, it deserves to be. It is practical, clear and well-structured and very much in the vein of my counselling training." (Val Jones- Retired OT and counsellor)


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