This paper traces developments in Steve de Shazer’s theoretical thinking from 1969 until his passing in 2005. After reviewing his definition of “theory,” we organize developments in his theorizing into 4 phases, distilling from each the axioms he continued to hold until his death. For each axiom, we indicate how it is foundational to an understanding of SFBT and, therefore, contributes to distinguishing SFBT from other talk therapies. We stay close to de Shazer’s writings by frequently quoting from his many articles and 6 books. We conclude with a summary of what we believe are the 6 enduring axioms of his theory of SFBT, the striking features of how he developed his theories over the years and the new lens he left us for viewing therapy interactions, and one example of research that promises to expand his theoretical legacy.
Korman, Harry; De Jong, Peter; and Jordan, Sara Smock
"Steve de Shazer’s Theory Development,"
Journal of Solution Focused Practices: Vol. 4
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/journalsfp/vol4/iss2/5