Therapists employ specific techniques to unlock the strength and personal knowledge that clients, no matter how stuck they are at the moment, have within themselves. The "miracle question" asks how clients would know and act if, by some miracle, the problems that brought them to therapy were solved. Other questions ask clients to find examples of progress and grade that progress. "Identify what works for you and do more of it" is the focus. If the techniques are simple, not so clear are the claimed benefits and the supposed wide applicability. Different chapters explain how populations as diverse as psychiatric inpatients, schoolchildren, and spouse abusers can be helped by a solution-focused, short-term approach.