Steve de Shazer

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Steve de Shazer
Born(1940-06-25)June 25, 1940
Milwaukee, United States
DiedSeptember 11, 2005(2005-09-11) (aged 65)
Vienna, Austria
OccupationPsychotherapist; author
Known forCo-founder of Brief Family Therapy Center
Spouse(s)Insoo Kim Berg

Steve de Shazer (June 25, 1940, Milwaukee – September 11, 2005, Vienna) was a psychotherapist, author, and developer and pioneer of solution focused brief therapy. In 1978, he founded the Brief Family Therapy Center (BFTC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife Insoo Kim Berg.

He wrote six significant books, translated into 14 languages; wrote many papers; and lectured internationally.

De Shazer was originally trained as a classical musician and worked as a jazz saxophonist. He received a Bachelor in Fine Arts and an MSSW in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He never studied at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, even though some rumours have it he did. He was a lifelong friend of John Weakland though, and saw him as his mentor.

De Shazer died in Vienna while traveling on a training and consulting tour in Europe. De Shazer has a nephew, Tony de Shazer and two great nieces Elodie and Amelie de Shazer. [1]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • de Shazer, Steve (1982). Patterns of Brief Family Therapy: An Ecosystemic Approach. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. ISBN 0-89862-038-4.


  1. ^ Gingerich, W. (2006). Obituary: Steve de Shazer. Research On Social Work Practice, 16(5), 549-550.

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