Source: (2012) Journal of Systemic Therapies. 31(4):49–62.

The use of solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) with restorative justice is an important advancement for the criminal justice field. Together, SFBT and restorative justice may be viewed as a model of practice aimed at assisting people who have offended to set goals towards their desired futures while reconciling with their loved ones. This paper outlines the growth of SFBT in criminal justice along with some commonalities to restorative justice work. As an example of this progress, a case illustration is highlighted through the use of a family conference tool borrowed from child welfare. (authors' abstract)