Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

The authors discuss how this relatively new form of therapy in an adapted form can be made suitable for clients with ID. The assumptions of this therapeutic approach, the types of problems and settings addressed by SFBT, and a description of the interventions used in SFBT are considered. Indications and contraindications for SFBT and empirical data on the effectiveness of the therapy are discussed both with regard to clients with or absent ID. The authors suggest that tailoring SFBT to clients with ID can be done by using simple language, modified interventions, and inserting other adaptations into the therapy process.

In practice, even though clinical practice experience with SFBT has shown great promise, empirical research into SFBT applications with clients with ID is lacking. Research is thus needed to demonstrate whether SFBT with this target group can yield sufficiently effective results and to what extent SFBT is valued by clients and their careers.

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by Fredrike Bannink
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Fredrike Bannink has worked as a mediator since 1998. She received a Masters in Dispute Resolution from the University of Amsterdam and became an NMI-certified mediator from the Dutch Mediation Institute; additionally, she serves as a mediator for the Amsterdam District Court. She is the co-founder and past-chair of the Foundation for Professional Neighbor Mediation Amsterdam (SPBA). She has authored many books and articles on mediation, leadership, and psychology. Bannink is also a personal coach for managers as well as a trainer in the field of psychotherapy, education, coaching, leadership and mediation/conflict management since 1980.