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The Handbook of Brief Therapies

The Handbook of Brief Therapies
A practical guide

First Edition
Edited by:

April 2019 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This step-by-step guidebook offers a range of contemporary and popular brief treatments, suitable for a range of client groups and professional settings.

Following a comprehensive introduction to the use of brief interventions in therapeutic practice, each chapter provides an introduction to the theoretical underpinnings and evidence-based brief intervention, followed by guidance on how to implement the approaches with useful 'top tips', worksheets and examples from practice through case vignettes illustrating its application.

The Handbook reflects current recommendations and guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and recommendations of accrediting professional bodies in the UK and US. A must have for any practitioner working to support the wellbeing of others.

Sarah Parry
Part I: Core Approaches
Neil Murphy & Gosia Bowling
Chapter 1: Brief Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dimitrios Monochristou
Chapter 2: Time-Limited Person Centred Therapy
Sarah Parry
Chapter 3: Motivational Interviewing
Panoraia Andriopoulou & Sarah Parry
Chapter 4: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Panoraia Andriopoulou
Chapter 5: Short-Term Family Therapy
Katy Roe
Chapter 6: Brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Catherine Athanasiadou-Lewis & Venetia Leonidaki
Chapter 7: Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
Clive Turpin
Chapter 8: Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy
Part II: Integrative Approaches
Hannah Wilson
Chapter 9: Brief Uses of Compassionate Mind Training
Laura Richardson
Chapter 10: Brief Interventions Using Artistic Expression
Will Curvis
Chapter 11: Brief Interventions in Hospital Settings
Derek Richards, Angel Enrique & Jorge Palacios
Chapter 12: Computer-Assisted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Simone Bol
Chapter 13: Psychoeducation
Sarah Parry
Chapter 14: Integrating Core Approaches
Comparative Summary Table

A highly useful guide to a wide range of brief approaches used in therapeutic practice.

Peter Beven
Director of Teaching and Learning, Northumbria University

This book condenses 70 years of developments in brief therapy and brings them into focus for the current practitioner. With a range of case study examples and a focus on techniques and tips for the busy practitioner it will be an excellent addition to any modern health care practitioners library.

Dave Hawkes
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Anglia Ruskin

The handbook of brief therapies is a well-structured guide to the core principles of the most common brief therapies. The core approaches are covered as well as the consideration of other integrative approaches and modalities. 

Upon reading the book, it is noticeably an easy but very interesting read and one that I know I will refer to many times in the future. As a whole, the book helped me to gain a better well-rounded understanding of the chosen brief therapies. This is a brilliant book to pick up if you haven’t got the time to be reading a more in-depth, extensive publication. It will definitely be my go-to book in the future and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and easy guide to brief therapies.

Chloe Burbidge

Provides an insight into the 'therapeutic relationship' and the range of brief interventions that may be used to tackle particular issues.

Ms Clair Rees
Health, Social and Childcare, Neath Port Talbot College
October 12, 2020

This book is a must have for all practitioners and trainees wanting to gain an understand in short term clinical work.
This is a well structured book, clearly written and full of helpful techniques and tips for working in brief therapy. The clinical examples are a good addition giving a good perspective on working short term in different modalities.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
February 4, 2020

Practical and accessible

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology, Sport, and Exercise, Staffordshire University
September 3, 2019

A delightful book that shows how therapeutic approaches can be implemented within a brief timescale. Each chapter, focusing on a particular approach, is presented in a brief, concise manner as befits the spirit of the project, with useful case studies to illustrate the approach in action.

Dr Sanjay Joban
Department of Psychology, Westminster University
February 18, 2020

Great resource and detailed explanations

Mrs Eileen Mc Partland
Vocational Education, Liberties College
September 13, 2019

Handy snippets of a variety of therapies in relation to being used within practice. Particularly like the fact that the book has variety of authors, as well sharing stories from practice.

Mrs Sunita Hensman
Health Education and Care Department, West Herts College
June 6, 2019
Key features

Need: A single textbook that brings together different brief evidence-based approaches

Feature: 13 chapters examine brief interventions and approaches including CBT, Solution Focused and Family therapy, and and their evidence base

Benefit: A one-stop shop that provides the reader with the foundations for evidence-based brief interventions.


Need: Students can be overwhelmed by the number of theoretical and treatment approaches

Feature: This book maps out the differences and similarities between the different approaches, with common features such as: Key Strengths of the Approach; and a comparative, 'at a glance' table of the all the approaches

Benefit:  The book offers a comprehensive introduction to the field of brief therapy, allowing students to make informed decisions about what intervention will support work with different client issues or in different professional settings.


Need: Students need to understand how the approach can be applied in practice

Feature: Each chapter includes a practical guide to how the intervention works; top tips; case studies and vignetters.

Benefit: The book can be used to support confident application of the interventions in practice.

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