Solution Focused Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy

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Solution Focused Therapy



  1. When working with a “Customer”, the counselor should utilize ___________ tasksA.BehavioralB.ObservationalC.InsightfulD.Strenuous

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  1. In the practice of Solution Focused Therapy, the counselor focuses most of his/her attention on which of the following?A.Deficits and challengesB.Strengths and weaknessesC.Strengths and resourcesD.Weaknesses and the past

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  1. In Narrative Therapy, letters and certificates can be used to:A.Remind clients that their bill is due at the end of the monthB.Celebrate a new storyC.Highlight accomplishmentsD.B and C are correct

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  1. In regard to client types in Solution Focused Therapy, the “Customer”,A.Is usually there because someone forced him/her to be thereB.Is usually there to obtain a diagnosis for purposes of going on disabilityC.Is usually resistant or non-compliantD.Is highly cooperative and willing to make changes

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  1. The “time orientation” in Solution Focused Therapy is:A.In the futureB.In the pastC.In the subconscious, primal mind of the infantD.At the moment the couple entered a committed relationship

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  1. The basic principle in Social Exchange Theory is stated as:A.In interpersonal interactions, people try to perform behaviors that result in the worst punishmentB.All currencies are exchanged at the same rate in the global market placeC.In interpersonal interactions, people attempt to maximize rewards, while at the same time, minimizing costsD.A process in which behaviors are diminished by not reinforcing those behaviors

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  1. The client who has been identified as a “Visitor”:A.May be resistant and noncompliantB.Is ready to make changes in their behaviorC.Is often asked to complete behavioral tasksD.Has a clear understanding of the problem

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  1. Extinction is best defined as:A.The process through which animals and other living beings drastically diminish in numberB.Rewarding negative behaviors with a positive consequenceC.The process in which a behavior is diminished by not reinforcing itD.The process of balancing risks and rewards

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  1. A baseline assessment in Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy involves:A.Only the use of standardized instrumentsB.Only the use of the clinical interviewC.Gaining and understanding of the frequency, intensity, and duration of any given behavior before counseling beginsD.Gaining and understanding of the frequency and intensity ONLY of any given behavior before counseling begins

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  1. Behavioral Marital Therapy rests on the assumption that:A.The behavior of each individual is the antecedent and the consequence of another’s actions, meaning that family interaction is “circular” in natureB.Behavior is “linear” in nature, meaning that all behavior occur without any connection to the behavior of other family membersC.Changes in the marital dyad can only be caused by a practitioner using Behavioral Marital TherapyD.None of the above describes the assumption upon which Behavioral Marital Therapy rests

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  1. In asking the question, “When was the problem not a problem?”, the Solution Focused counselor is looking for:A.AntecedentsB.ConsequencesC.ExceptionsD.Resolution

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  1. “In the ___________  __________ (two words), there are many possibilities; In the experts mind, there are few.”  Which of the following best completes this sentence?A.Beginner’s MindB.Principal’s OfficeC.Work EnvironmentD.Steam Engine

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  1. In Narrative Therapy, “deconstructive questions” are used to:A.Tear down the client, so they can rebuild themselves into a new personB.Help people unpack their stories so that they may gain additional perspectives on the presenting problemC.Plot the story in the landscape of consciousnessD.Critically analyze the treatment plan

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  1. Which of the following theories influenced the development of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?A.Classical ConditioningB.Operant ConditioningC.Psychodynamic TherapyD.A and B Only

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  1. Reinforcement is best defined as:A.An event or behavior designed to increase or decrease a specific responseB.Shaping a desired behavior by selectively rewarding that behaviorC.The process of reinforcing connections between family members through the exclusive use of communication skillsD.When an unconditioned response is triggered by an unconditioned stimulus

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  1. Which of the following is NOT a general goal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?A.Increase desired behaviors and cognitionsB.Bring the subconscious thoughts into the client’s awarenessC.Decrease undesirable behaviors and cognitionsD.Improve problem solving skills

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  1. Which of the following is true during the baseline assessment phase of Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy?A.Assessment only focuses on the individualB.Assessment only focuses on the family systemC.The Family Assessment Scale is administered to the family as a wholeD.Both individual and family functioning is assessed

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  1. Which of the following is most like something a Solution Focused Counselor might say?A.Tell me about your troubled childhoodB.I can tell by the way that you are acting, you are an only childC.You are making poor choices and you need to changeD.What might you do differently the next time the problem occurs?

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  1. When writing goals in Solution Focused Therapy,A.The goals should be focused on specific preferred behaviors and interactionsB.The goals should include general ideas about what needs to change in the family, to allow maximum flexibility in the process of counselingC.The goals should be built around solving “family of origin” problemsD.The goals, should be established by the counselor, without input from the family

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  1. Which of the following techniques are most closely associated with the practice of Solution Focused Therapy?A.Miracle Question, ScalingB.Empty Chair Technique, Circular QuestioningC.Free Association, AcupunctureD.Scaling, Ear Piercing

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  1. A “family schema” is best defined as:A.The way that a family counselor helps clients come up with a “scheme” in order to bring about change in the family systemB.A set of similarly held beliefs about family and life, thus providing a template that organizes the way a family interacts or behavesC.A genogram, constructed using Bowenian Principles of InteractionD.All of the above define the family schema

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  1. In the practice of Narrative Therapy, the counselors role can be described as:A.OmnipotentB.CarnivorousC.Co-editorD.Being “in charge” of the counseling process

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  1. Narrative therapists maintain that reality is constructed and given meaning through ________.A.LanguageB.RitualC.SchoolD.Cars

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  1. In the practice of Narrative Therapy which of the following is true?A.Problems are seen as being a “part of” the personB.Problems are seen as being “apart from” the personC.Problems are caused by a conflict arising between the inner child and the “real self”D.Problem resolution can only come about through the use of the Scaling technique

Learning Resources

Required Resources


  • Article: Bond, L. A., & Carmola-Hauf, A. M. (2004). Taking stock and putting stock in primary prevention: Characteristics of effective programs. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 24(3), 199–221.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Article: Kumpfer, K. L., Alvarado, R., Smith, P., & Bellamy, N. (2002). Cultural sensitivity and adaptation in family-based prevention interventions. Prevention Science, 3(3), 241–246.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Article: Larson, J. (2007). Couple enrichment approaches. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 6(1/2), 197–206.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Article: Stith, S., Pruitt, I., Dees, J., Fronce, M., Green, N. Som, A., & Linkh, D. (2006). Implementing community-based prevention programming: A review of the literature. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 27(6), 599–617.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Optional Resources


  • Sanders, M. R., Ralph, A., Sofronoff, K., Gardiner, P., Thompson, R., Dwyer, S., & Bidwell, K. (2008). Every family: A population approach to reducing behavioral and emotional problems in children making the transition to school. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 29(3), 197–222.
  • Wilson, K., Gonzalez, P., Romero, T., Henry, K., & Cerbana, C. (2010). The effectiveness of parent education for incarcerated parents: An evaluation of parenting from prison. Journal of Correctional Education, 61(2), 114–132.ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS

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    • Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
    • Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
    • One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
    • I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.

    Weekly Participation

    • Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
    • In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
    • Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
    • Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.

    APA Format and Writing Quality

    • Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
    • Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
    • I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.

    Use of Direct Quotes

    • I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
    • As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
    • It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.


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    • For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
    • Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
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    • The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
    • Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
    • If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
    • I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
    • As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.


    • Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me: 
      • Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
      • Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.



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