Discussion Week 9 9

Social workers who utilize the solution-focused model are mindful ofhow their conversations with their clients, families, groups, or evencommunity members facilitate their thinking about solutions. The clientis always the “expert,” and therefore social workers ask questions toexplore how the client perceives the problem and situation.

Socialworkers may use solution-focused questions such as the miraclequestion. For example, “Suppose you woke up one morning and by somemiracle everything you ever wanted, everything good you could everimagine for yourself, had actually happened—your life had turned outexactly the way you wanted it. What would be different in your life?”When clients are asked this, it forces them to reflect on what they wantor would like to achieve. By projecting themselves into the future,clients are more likely to imagine what is possible rather than focusingon the past and their failures. This allows for the possibility ofdeveloping solutions.

In this Discussion, you apply thesolution-focused model and solution-focused questions. You provide othersolution-focused questions, similar to the miracle question that wasprovided for you.

Although the textbook provides actual examplesof solution-focused questions, always think about your client—you mayhave to modify the question a bit to take into account the client’s age,cognitive and developmental stage, culture, etc., so that the questionmakes sense to the client.

To prepare:

  • Recall a case from your fieldwork experience to use for this Discussion.
  • Review and focus on pages 520–521 in your textbook.


  • In 1 to 2 sentences, briefly identify and describethe problem as perceived by the client, family, or group that you dealtwith in your past fieldwork experience.
  • From the list ofsolution-focused questions on page 520 (e.g., exception questions,coping questions, scaling questions, and relationship questions),identify two different types of questions, and ask each question as ifyou were actually asking the questions to the client. (Remember, do notuse the miracle question.)
    • Remember that the goal of these questions is to assist clients in identifying a solution
  • Explain how asking these two questions would help the client in coming up with the solution.
  • In 1 to 2 sentences, reflect and explain how asking these questions made you feel and perhaps how the client might feel.

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