Book Publication

Solution-Focused Substance Abuse Treatment

"Solution-Focused Substance Abuse Treatment describes the standard of care for substance abuse treatment, demonstrates how solution-focused brief therapy exceeds this standard, and shows how it can effectively be used in substance abuse evaluation, case management, and both individual and group treatment. Beginning and advanced concepts are provided to address the questions of even the most advanced clinician, all placed in the context of cultural awareness. Most importantly, the author answers the many questions professionals may have about how solution-focused brief therapy can be successfully integrated into the field of substance abuse. It provides a thorough understanding of the issues that therapists face when working with this at times challenging population, and demonstrates how the use of solution-focused brief therapy can minimize power struggles and enhance client success. Sample forms and handouts are included, as are additional resources for effective evaluation and treatment"

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Contributions to Book Chapters

Turns, B., Finlayson, B., & Jordan, S. S. (2019). In B. Turns, J. Ramisch, & J. Whiting (Eds.), The Use of SFBT with Families Raising a Child with ASD. Systemically Treating ASD, 79-85.


Milligan, K., Meixner, T., & Jordan, S. S. (2017). The Family with Addiction. In S. Browning & B. van Eeden-Moorefield (Eds.), Contemporary Families at the Nexus of Research and Practice (pp.123-161). New York: Rutledge.


Jordan, S. S. (2016). Solution focused brief family therapy. In J. Carlson, & S. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling, 1575-1579.


Jordan, S. S. (2016). What’s better? In G. Weeks, S. Fife, & C. Peterson (Eds.), Techniques for the Couple Therapist: Essential Interventions, 165-168.


Jordan, S. S. (2016). SFBT scaling questions with couples. In G. Weeks, S. Fife, & C. Peterson (Eds.), Techniques for the Couple Therapist: Essential Interventions, 169-172.


DeGraff, A., Sorenson, P., Atchley, A., & Smock Jordan, S. (2014). Physical and mental disabilities co-occurring with substance abuse. In R. A. Bean, S. Davis, & M. P. Davey (Eds.), Increased Self-Awareness: Experiential Exercises for Dedicated Clinicians and Supervisors, 213-218.


Luna, B., Heath, C., Smock Jordan, S., & Higgins, M. (2014). Perceptions of LGBTA individuals and couples. In R. A. Bean, S. Davis, & M. P. Davey (Eds.), Increased Self-Awareness: Experiential Exercises for Dedicated Clinicians and Supervisors, 245-254.


Newman, K. E., Pettigrew, H. V., Trujillo, C. R., Smock Jordan, S. A. (2014). Social class, ethnicity and resources. In R. A. Bean, S. Davis, & M. P. Davey (Eds.), Increased Self-Awareness: Experiential Exercises for Dedicated Clinicians and Supervisors, 183-190.


Shafer, K. C., & Smock Jordan, S. A. (2013). Working with mandated clients with substance use disorders: A solution-focused approach. In L. Ashenberg Straussner (Ed.), Clinical Work with Substance Abusing Clients (pp.202-224). New York: Guliford Press.


Smock Jordan, S. A. (2013). Solution-focused approach with LGBTQ clients. In J. Kim (Ed.), Solution Focused Brief Therapy: A Multicultural Approach (pp. 150-165). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Blakeslee, S. E., & Smock Jordan, S. A. (2013). Solution-focused approach with American Indian clients. In J. Kim (Ed.), Solution Focused Brief Therapy: A Multicultural Approach (pp. 106-121). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Smock, S. A. (2011). A review of solution-focused, standardized outcome measures and other strengths oriented outcome measures. In C. Franklin, T. Trepper, W. Gingerich, & E. McCollum (Eds.), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: A Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice (pp. 55-72). New York: Oxford University Press.


Smock, S. A. (2010). Evidence-based supervision: Identifying successful moments of SFBT. In T. S. Nelson (Ed.), Doing Something Different: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Practices (pp. 197-200). New York: Routledge.


Froerer, A. S., & Smock, S. A. (2010). Training therapist for SFBT group work: A multidimensional approach. In T. S. Nelson (Ed.), Doing Something Different: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Practices (pp. 201-208). New York: Routledge.


Smock, S. A. (2009). The evidence base of SFT. In L. Metcalf & E. Connie (Eds.), The art of solution-focused therapy (pp. 145-154). New York: Springer Publishing.


Froerer, A. S., & Smock, S. A. (2008). The miracle blog. In C. Sori & L. Hecker (Eds.), The Therapist’s Notebook III: More Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy (pp.39-46). New York: Haworth.


Smock, S. A., & Thomas, F. N. (2008). Reviewing our common body of knowledge: MFT license exam preparation manual: Fourth Edition. In B. Bradley (Ed.), Solution-focused brief therapy. Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Austin, TX.


McWey, L. M., James, E. J., & Smock, S. A. (2005). The graduate student guide to conducting research in marriage and family therapy. In F. Piercy & D. Sprenkle (Eds.), Research methods in family therapy (pp. 19-40). Guilford Press: New York.


Smock, S. (2005). A student’s response to the SFBT training meetings: The future looks bright. In T. S. Nelson (Ed.), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Training (pp. 11-16). New York: Haworth. 

Published Manuals

Bavelas, J., De Jong, P., Franklin, C., Froerer, A., Gingerich, W., Kim, J., Korman, H., Langer, S., Lee, M. Y., McCollum, E. E., Smock Jordan, S. & Trepper, T. S. (2013). Solution Focused Therapy Treatment Manual for Working with Individuals 2nd Version. Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association, 1-42. (NOTE: This manual is the international manual for disseminating SFBT)