NUR 665 9.1 Solution Focused Brief therapy Group
Type Essay
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Based on Solution Focused Brief Therapy Group answer thre following question
-The miracle question is often asked by the SFBT group leader. What applications do you see of this technique? What are some potential barriers to asking this kind of question?
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Solution Focused Brief Therapy
The miracle question is applied in goal setting when a client does not know what the preferred future should look like. The question clarifies what individuals or couples need. Fundamentally, the model focuses on future possibilities against the challenges a person is currently experiencing (Franklin, Zhang, Froerer & Johnson, 2017). The miracle question assists patients to perceive their experiences differently and ultimately designing the desired future of their life.
Miracle Question
During therapy, a specialist guides a client not to view what is wrong but to create new possibilities for their life (Kim, Brook & Akin, 2018). For example, therapists may assume clients want to quit their jobs or divorce their spouses. However, the grieving process limits a client to understand what they need (Smith & Macduff, 2017). The miracle question addresses what the client wants compared to what they think they want (Kim, Brook & Akin, 2018). The question helps patients to perceive the better future they can experience once they overcome the current challenges.
The barriers to the miracle question include focusing on quick solutions, thus missing underlying issues. According to Zhang et al. (2018), the quick goal-oriented approach may not provide an opportunity for an emotional, empathetic connection between the client and the therapist. Additionally, the approach is frustrating since it assumes that patients always have the potential to fix their problems. The approach is, however, not effective for patients who are facing problems that are beyond their ability to handle.
The miracle question helps a patient to visualize the desired future compared to focusing on the current challenges. The approach helps a patient to realize the good life they can experience if they overcome the current challenges. The miracle question is a goal-oriented approach that does not provide room for emotional connection since a therapist assumes the client has the ability to overcome their challenges.

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Kim, J. S., Brook, J., & Akin, B. A. (2018). Solution-focused brief therapy with substance-using individuals: A randomized controlled trial study. Research on Social Work Practice, 28(4), 452-462. DOI:
Smith, S., & Macduff, C. (2017). A thematic analysis of the experience of UK mental health nurses who have trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 24(2-3), 105-113. DOI:
Zhang, A., Franklin, C., Currin-McCulloch, J., Park, S., & Kim, J. (2018). The effectiveness of strength-based, solution-focused brief therapy in medical settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41(2), 139-151. DOI:

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