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The Development of My Personal Solution-Focused Working Model: From 1978 and Continuing

Eve Lipchik


I had the privilege and good fortune to be one of the founding members of the Brief Family Therapy Center (BFTC) in Milwaukee, which was started by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in l978. I left BFTC in l988, and have been practicing at ICF Consultants, Inc. in Milwaukee, a mental health agency that I own and operate with Marilyn J. Bonjean, Ed.D. In this article, I share some of the history of BFTC; the development of the original model we developed there, brief family therapy; and how the model changed to solution-focused therapy. I also share my own clinical and theoretical reactions to our developing model and other developments in the field of therapy, as well as how these reactions influenced my personal way of practicing and teaching solution-focused therapy.


BFTC; solution-focused history; de Shazer; Berg; working model; Summation Message


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DOI: 10.14335/ijsfp.v2i2.23

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