When One Hour is All You Have (eBook)

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“A welcome resource for mental health policy makers, administrators, and practitioners.” –Perspectives in Public Health

Responding to community demands for accessibility to mental health services, walk-in therapy enables clients to meet with a mental health professional at their moment of choosing. Differing approaches to meet this mandate, as described in When One Hour Is All You Have, share commonalities: There is no red tape, no triage, no intake process, no waiting list, and no wait. There is no formal assessment, no formal diagnostic process, just one hour of therapy focused on clients’ stated wants. The book’s authors and contributors also detail how walk-in therapy is highly rewarding to the professionals who deliver it.

In addition to describing a practical framework for this approach, the contents provide specific examples of walk-in clinics in Minneapolis, Calgary, San Antonio, Toronto and New Orleans (in response to Hurricane Katrina) as written by the personnel “on the ground.” The contributing authors are the editors, Monte Bobele and Arnold Slive, along with Kyle Green, Teresa Correia, Gary Richard Schoener, Ryan Clements, Nancy McElheran, Lee Hackney, Harry Park, Karen Young, Sandy Harper-Jaques, Maureen Leahey, and John K. Miller. The contents also include a foreword by Michael Hoyt.


“Highly efficient runners can cover a lot of ground in an hour, and the same is true of highly efficient therapists. Both succeed by wasting no effort—every move contributes to a clearly articulated goal. Slive and Bobele and their contributors are efficiency experts. They know how to provide a complete therapeutic experience for clients in the time it takes many clinicians to just begin warming up. They also know how to provide a complete learning experience for readers. This book provides you with the necessary principles, research, practical how-to’s, and in-the-trenches case illustrations for inspiring a fine-tuning (or complete overhaul!) of your therapeutic assumptions and practices. Lace up your shoes and get reading!”
-Douglas Flemons, Ph.D.
Professor of Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University,
author of Of One Mind and co-editor of Quickies: The Handbook of Brief Sex Therapy

“In this era of reduced budgets and surging mental health needs, this book should find its way into as many hands as possible. It shows a respectful, effective way of using whatever time is available, even an hour, to help people. Most therapists don’t even accept that this is possible, let alone know how to use that time effectively. This book shows that it is not only possible, but how to do it. Buy it for the whole staff.”
-Bill O’Hanlon, M.S.,
author of Change 101 and A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy

“Arnie and Monte have gathered a confab of fellow professionals to join them in a noble effort—to communicate with clarity and precision exactly what it takes to truly help people in a world where it may be that ‘one hour is all you have.’ All of the contributors bring their own perspective on what it takes to deliver quality counseling in a single session, while describing the various successful approaches sustaining organizations or agencies have implemented to support that delivery. If you are a therapist, offering single or multiple sessions, and you want to maximize the impact of your work, When One Hour is All You Have will be an effective and enlightening resource.”
-Scott Miller, Ph.D
International Center for Clinical Excellence


Monte Bobele, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and professor of psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio. He has been interested in brief therapies since completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Galveston Family Institute in the late 1980’s. He was one of the founding faculty members of the Lake’s PsyD program in counseling psychology. He teaches graduate courses in systemic therapies and supervises graduate students in the department’s Community Counseling Service, the Center for Miracles (a multidisciplinary service for abused children and their families), and The Haven for Hope a new comprehensive center for the homeless in Bexar County. He has also been involved in OLLU’s development of a program designed to train culturally and linguistically competent psychologists to work with Spanish speaking populations. He frequently presents on brief therapy and multicultural training at national and regional professional conferences. He has co-led several immersion programs in México. He spends his spare time at his loom weaving or on his bike riding Texas’ back roads.

Arnie Slive, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist (Texas) and Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor with AAMFT. His interests are in brief psychotherapy, program development, supervision and teaching. He has published in the areas of family therapy, residential treatment, adolescence, and single session, walk-in therapy. He formerly lived in Calgary, Alberta where he was a founder of the Eastside Family Centre and had a 20-year relationship with Wood’s Homes as Clinical Director and consultant. He was a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. He was past president of the Alberta Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the recipient of the Divisional Contribution Award (AAMFT) and the Innovative Services to Family Award (Alberta Division, AAMFT). He now lives in Austin, Texas where he consults to community agencies and is a Visiting Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio). Arnie and Susan have been married for 42 years and are proud parents and grandparents.


ISBN: 978-1-934442-37-1e • 2011 • 238 Pages • eBook• $12.95

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