Solution Focused Harm Reduction

Working effectively with people who misuse substances

  • Seán Foy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Seán Foy
    Pages 1-6
  3. Seán Foy
    Pages 33-52
  4. Seán Foy
    Pages 79-104
  5. Seán Foy
    Pages 105-110
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 111-132

About this book


This is the first book to explain the many synergies between solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) and harm reduction (HR). Seán Foy discusses how these two approaches are complementary and when used in conjunction, create a novel way of approaching addiction work. The book covers several detailed case studies examining how the concepts and theories of both approaches are intertwined to enhance and deepen the work undertaken with people who misuse and abuse substances. It will be of great interest to scholars of psychotherapy, social work, social care, addiction, nursing and health care, as well as to practitioners seeking a clearer understanding of solution focused brief therapy and harm reduction and how to apply these to case work with problematic drinkers and drug users.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Seán Foy
    • 1
  1. 1.The Learning Curve InstituteWestportIreland

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