CAHSS Faculty Articles

Publication Date

1-2004

Publication Title

Journal of Family Psychotherapy

ISSN

0897-5353

Volume

15

Issue/No.

3

First Page

37

Last Page

45

Abstract

This paper presents an augmentation of two solution-focused formula tasks. The Surprise Task is a specification of the “formula first session task” and the “do something different” task. The first task was designed to get people to view exceptions to their complaints while the second task directs people to take action about their complaint. The Surprise Task combines these two foci and gets one member of the household, the identified client, who is a youngster, to do something different, a surprise, while the adult member(s) of the household attempt to notice change. This noticing can then be used as exceptions and built upon to help the family construct a different view of their current situation. A case example will be utilized to demonstrate how this new task can provide impetus for change in a family.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-7769-0527

DOI

10.1300/J085v15n03_03

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