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Beyond Basics: Learning Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Through Case Dialogues and Peer Consultation


Rehearse and discuss with other professionals the application of SFBT to your own cases and practice. Serve as a consultant in an online group of your peers as you sharpen your own skills in SFBT practices to initiate and sustain solution-building conversations with cases, colleagues and beyond.

Past participants in the basic course have asked for continued help with their practice of SFBT; the current course is designed to meet that request. The course is not supervision; that is, the course instructor takes no responsibility for client outcomes. Rather, the course's purpose is to assist participants in an online group format to practice and discuss the application of SFBT to their own and each other's cases and practice.

Participants will serve as a peer consultation group to each other as they sharpen their skills in SFBT practices to initiate and sustain solution-building conversations in their practices with cases, colleagues, and beyond.


Course participants are required to present one to two new or early-on cases for ongoing discussion. Because cases sometimes finish in fewer than the weeks allotted for the course and because clients sometimes stop coming to sessions, participants are required to "replace" these cases. Ideally, one case would be with an individual and one would be with a couple or family. "Cases" may also include supervision, coaching, and other forms of consultation.

"Client"is defined broadly in this course. Clients include both volunteers and those mandated to treatment. Clients may also include those wishing life coaching, organizations wishing consultation, supervisees, and other individuals or groups who may benefit from the SFBT approach.

The focus of each session is guided although the course will provide flexibility for each participant's desires for peer consultation. Updates on each case will be presented weekly according to the topics current to the time period. Recognizing that solution-focused work does not always follow an exact outline or sequence, participants may choose to present aspects of solution-building practices out of session sequence as their needs require.

In addition to work on their own, actual cases, participants will respond to each other's cases, providing practice in thinking through solution-focused principles and practices.

Course objectives:
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Plan and carry on solution-building conversations with clients more competently than when they began the course

2. Develop language skills that will instill hope in clients while taking a "not-knowing" posture of curiosity and a willingness to be surprised in conversation with clients.

3. Engage with clients with varying degrees of motivation or investment for change.

4. Demonstrate reasonable competence in SFBT practices including engagement, the miracle question, relationship questions, scaling questions, exception questions, and possible suggestions/tasks/experiments for clients.

5. Adapt the solution-building approach to various settings.

6. Demonstrate ability to observe/critique self within a solution-focused framework.

Although all aspects of solution-building conversations will be discussed continuously, for purposes of the course, we will focus on particular aspects each session. For example the session may have main focus on basic scales although participants may ask questions and receive feedback on other aspects of their work.

Week 1-2: Introductions, testing the technology,focus on co-constructing goals

Weeks 3-4: Focus on the miracle question and relationship questions

Weeks 5-6: Focus on scales A: Basic (goals/Miracle day; confidence; motivation), Focus on scales B: Unique (specific and creative for each situation)

Weeks 7-8: Focus on exception questions, feedback, rationale and tasks/suggestions/experiments or rationale for none, goal maintenance

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Dates and locations to be announced.
Fee: $895
CEUs: 2.4, CEHs: 24
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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Overview
Email us with your interest, contact:
Mary Pick, Program Manager,, 414-227-3353


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