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“The Miracle Question” Can it exist in many forms? A group discussion ROBERT BLUNDO, PH.D., LCSW, BCD PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK STRENGTHS/SOLUTION-FOCUSED COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON

How many fingers do you see 

Patch Adams

You’re focusing on the problem. If you focus on the problem, you can’t see the solution. Never focus on the problem! See what no one else sees. See what everyone chooses not to see….out of fear, conformity or laziness. See the whole world anew each day!

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Quick Look at HOPE /EXPECTAIONS and there part in Miracle Questions

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sense of ope H in both cognitive and emotional forms contributes to, (a) a positive view of the future, (b) motivation, and (c) action (Seligman, 201, p. 260).

 Expectations

colored by hope and faith is an effective force with which we have to recon …in all our attempts at treatment and cure. Freud (1953, p. 289).

 By

exploring coping patterns with previous difficulties, experiences with positive episodes or past successes, and hopes and dreams of family life, you can activate family strengths and engender a greater commitment to goals and problem solving (Weick & Saleebey, 195)”

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is this explicit sense of expectations that things can be better and an expression of hopefulness formed around this explicit goal that is driving changes for the better. [Blundo ,2013,

W at are the Ways of Looking Toward the h Future, Building Dreams, Goals, Expectations and Hope for a better life?

Variations on the Miracle Question The form of the question and the different setting

 Adler

[1925] Bill O’Connell “What would be different if all your problems were solved?”  Erickson

C ryst al ball technique: invited clients to look into the future and then explain how what had happened and come to be Invite client to imagine a date on a calendar when things were better, then work back to see what had happened at various points along the way.

De Shazer (198) Clues & Miller, G (197) Becoming a

Miracle Worker

“Note that the miracle question shifts the counselee’s orientation in time, allowing the future to become as ( or more) salient than the past.”

De Shazer (198).Clues The Miracle Question

“Suppose that one night, while you

were asleep there was a miracle and the problem was solved. How would you know? What would be different? oH w will your husband know without you saying a word to him about it?”

De Shazer (198) Clues

A framework for a whole series of questions (known collectively as the “miracle question”] is used in almost every first session at BSFTC to help clients and therapists alike describe what a solution will look like.

Steve de Shazer (198) Clues.

“Simply describing in detail a future in which a problem is already solved helps build the expectation that the problem will be solved and then this expectation, once formed, can help the client think and behave in ways that will lead to fulfilling this expectation.”



Phillip Ziegler & Tobey Hiller (2007, Handbook Chapter 4).

Couple:

Its sort of a strange question and I don’t mean in asking it that I think this can be solved overnight, but I’d like to ask you this: Suppose when you go home tonight…and, after dinner and whatever you do in the evening, you go to sleep …and, …while both of you are asleep. A miracle happens and somehow this crisis is resolved; it’s behind both of you. When you feel ready, I’d like each of you to tell me, as you imagine the day after the miracle. What you notice that will tell you the miracle has happened



Evan George/Chris Iveson/Harvey Ratner (1999) Problem to Solution

Back from the Future:

Let’s imagine that the case conference is nearly over and you have been asked to wait outside while they have their final discussion. You’re worried, of course, because you don’t know what their decision is going to be, but you also know that you really did justice to yourself and to your children while you were in the meeting. You’re feeling a sense of pride in yourself and think back to how you did it. What would you be remembering about how you were just before going into the conference?

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me ask you a strange question: Let’s assume that in a few weeks from now, you stop and notice that your work here has made a big difference. You say to yourself, I am glad I have been working on this because now the problem is gone, I am doing much better. You are doing things differently that tells you that the problem is gone. What would you be doing or thinking differently? What would others see different about you that would tell you and them that the problem is gone?



Bill O’Connell (2005) Solution-Focused therapy



Pre-Session Change



What are your hopes in coming here?



If {when} coming here turns out to be a really good idea what differences will you notice in your life?



What will be the first signs that things are improving?



If we were to meet in three/six months’ time and you were to tell me that things were much better, what examples would you give me about helpful things you or others have done? What would have been the first thing that happened that told you “wow things are better”?

 Linda

Metcalf [201] Marriage and Family Therapy

Suppose tonight while you sleep, a miracle occurs. When you wake up tomorrow, what will Be different? Who will be there? What will you be doing? When things get better someday soon, what will you be doing differently?

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Question During Group upervision S in Child Protective Service nit U

Miracle

question used in a Consultation with teachers in a Middle School

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