SP03 – Culturally Sensitive Strength-Based Strategic Therapy
An important key to successful psychotherapy often rests with the ability of the therapist to work within the unique cultural world-view of the client and generating new solutions that fit this cultural context. The Culturally Sensitive Strength-Based Strategic Therapy method was developed to integrate various principles founded by the Mental Research Institute (MRI) and Jay Haley’s Strategic Therapy approach as well as other methods to address these issues. In this workshop, guidelines will be presented for learning the principles of Culturally Sensitive Strength-Based Strategic Therapy. There will be an emphasis on effective strategies in working within the cultural context of the client and how this is critical to successful therapy. A structure will be presented for organizing the specific tasks and skills involved in different aspects of the method including activating the client’s strengths. Discussion will highlight identifying the attempted solutions that do not work and generating innovative solutions that are 180 degree turn in direction from those unsuccessful solutions. Case examples, some on video recordings, will illustrate many innovative brief therapy techniques.
- Describe the basic principles of Culturally Sensitive Strength-Based Strategic Therapy (CSSBS).
- Describe how to work within a client’s unique cultural context.
- Describe how to activate the client’s strengths and use these strengths to help the client solve the presenting problems