Find the Exceptions

Look for the times when the child experiences, or partially experiences, the desired behavior. When is the problem absent, or lessened? When is the desired outcome present? What are the exceptions to the rule? Are there times when a young insomniac sleeps well, an elective mute speaks, a drug addict says no to a fix, a depressed child laughs, or a bully shows tenderness?

Story 57, "Finding Exceptions to Problems," describes how to build this area of resources through the example of Chrissie, who became school avoidant when other children were picking on her. Her mother helps her build the resources of thinking specifically, looking for the positives, seeking solutions, and finding exceptions to the global, negative concepts she had developed. Once the exceptions have been accessed then therapy needs to explore what circumstances facilitate the exceptions and how they can be replicated.

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