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Definition of social constructivism

the psychological expression of the postmodern world view

SFBT represents what?

a departure from a focus on pathology-driven approaches to therapy by concentration on skills, strengths, and resources that clients possess

SFBT is what?

change-oriented in that is emphasizes finding solutions for dealing with problems.

What is exception questions?

find out when and how the problem does not occur

What is pre-therapy change?

What have you done since you called to make an appointment?

What is the purpose of providing feedback?

offer a compliment, build a bridge, and set a goal.

Clients are understood to be what?

customers, complainants, or visitors.

What is the miracle question?

If a miracle happened and the problem you have was solved overnight, how would you know it was solved and what would be different?

What is an example of a scaling question?

On a scale of 0 to 10 how bad is your problem right now? What would it take for it to be 1 point less or more?

What is a formula first session task?

between now and the next time, observe what happens that you want to continue

Definition of psychological flexibility

Means not holding on too tightly our own thoughts and emotions and acting on longer terms values rather than short term impulses, thought, and feelings.

Definition of workability

Is what are you doing working in the long term to make life fun, rich, and meaningful, if yes keep doing it, if no, do something different.

Dr. Ed Diener

Dr. Happiness.

Goals of the Human Validation Process Model

Lasting change, enhancing awareness, understanding patterns of communication, and discovering dysfunctional relationship patterns.


Concerned about how they will be perceived. Their center of attention is on themselves and particularly on their perception of how others see them. Stress largely avoided it. "uncomfortable truths"


Feels powerless and uncared-for. All alone in the world, they feel that nobody will ever do anything for them. Feelings of isolation increase further. Compensate by trying to take charge, bluffing their way out, hiding their aloneness in attempted leadership.


Feels exposed when showing emotions, perhaps because they have difficulty controlling them or they may have been criticized as a child for showing emotion . Men, in particular. Resorts to logic, becoming super-rational about the situation and working hard to appear super cool on the outside.


Easily becomes confused by stressful situations. Instead of taking positive action, they are not sure what they should do and so grasp at straws. May respond well to the stress by shifting between the three previous types.Trying to find some solace in different practices.

Contact with the present moment

focus on your thoughts and feelings


what gives you a sense of meaning and purpose

Self as context

the part of you that is aware of everything


put your thoughts on a computer screen

Showing Mystery, Respectful Curiosity and Awe

Really listen to the client's story, believe that the client has the tools and ability to assist themselves in minimizing their own problems, see the therapeutic relationship as one in which both the therapist and the client can change.

Externalizing the problem and mapping its effects

The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem, ask the client to name the problem (this helps to externalize it and redefine how the problem is understood) Discuss how the problem has impacted the client.


The client begins to build new, more positive stories.