An Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term goal-focused therapeutic approach which helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than dwelling on problems. Elements of the desired solution often are already present in the client's life, and become the basis for ongoing change. 

The therapist intervenes only to the extent necessary, with treatment usually lasting for less than six sessions. SFBT was developed by Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg, and the team at the Brief Family Therapy Center of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the mid-1980's.

The Solution Focused Brief Therapy training workshop is designed and delivered by SFBT expert Dr. Seán Foy, Director and Head of Mental Health and Addiction training at The Learning Curve Institute. To read more about Seán click here. Seán has published a book on the subject of Solution Focused Brief Therapy combined with Harm Reduction entitled 'Solution Focused Harm Reduction: Working effectively with people who misuse substances'. Click here to see more.

This workshop can also be delivered as in-house training to groups.

Suitable for: Therapists, Counsellors, Those working in the sectors of Social Care, Education and Training, Human Resources, Youth and Family Care, Mediation, Employment Services.

Members of The Psychological Society of Ireland and The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland can receive learning credits/CPD points for completing this workshop. 

"A brilliant two days training. Really engaging throughout and very practical tools and tips provided by Sean which is extremely helpful in day-to-day work. The roleplays on the day gave us time to practice at each step of our learning. Despite the nature of some of the case studies we were presented with, Sean managed to keep the group light-hearted in many regards and we ended up having really good fun over the two days too."

Geraldine McCormack, Mental Health Recovery Support Worker, SHINE

June 2023

"I want to thank Sean Foy first and foremost for his professional knowledge and presenting abilities throughout the course. He demonstrated a thorough understanding of solution-focused brief therapy and was able to effectively and succinctly explain difficult ideas. His teaching style made the material more approachable and promoted a better comprehension of the subject. Sean has a sensitive, well-honed talent coupled with humour for making people feel comfortable, which is essential for helping them learn more efficiently."
John Lowry, Therapeutic Group Coordinator, Tiglin Challenge,

June 2023


“It was an excellent introduction to SFBT. Dr. Foy’s style was refreshingly relaxed, although you could tell that he had a wealth of knowledge and experience. It made the training seem effortless, whilst all the while I was learning new things. The breakout rooms were a very useful tool, facilitated expertly by Dr. Foy.”

Roseanna Collins, Substance Misuse Nurse, HSE Social Inclusion/Addiction Services, Tolco Clinic 

June 2023

Programme Duration

Two days.

Programme Aims

The aim of this two day workshop is to introduce the theory and practise of Solution Focused Brief Therapy. The objective of the two days is to provide the theory of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and the space to practice the skills associated with Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Programme Content

Participants will receive links to supporting documentation and a copy of the presentation slides by email which will help them to develop their understanding of Solution Focused Brief Therapy appropriate to this level. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and practice SFBT through role-plays and scenarios provided by the trainer.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To equip participants with the tools to develop and build on their own counselling skills
  2. To build on and expand existing knowledge, in relation to Solution Focused Brief Therapy within the group
  3. To enhance confidence in participants use of Solution Focused Brief Therapy skills
  4. To become familiar with the theory of Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  5. To provide space and time for participants to become familiar with Solution Focused Brief Therapy and use of its core skills

Connect with Your Trainer

The Learning Curve Institute will distribute a unique pre-course questionnaire to each participant in order to ensure the training meets the needs of everyone in the room and is tailored to the appropriate level while also covering specific situations or scenarios as highlighted by the group.

The Learning Curve Institute offers a unique post course support system whereby participants are provided with the contact details of the trainer and are free to contact then with any questions they may have.

Programme Certification

All attendees will receive an eCertificate of Completion in An Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy from The Learning Curve Institute.

People like what we do

“I enjoyed the model itself, the practical elements of case studies and role plays, and the style of facilitation was engaging. The pacing was good for digesting the theory and I left feeling like I had a deeper understanding of the model than I would have done if the course had been shorter. Thoroughly enjoyed the training and have been implementing it in my client and group work since."

Jessica Hurrell, Mental Health Recovery Support Worker, SHINE, December 2022


"The trainer was faultless. He made is easy to ask questions and speak in front of the group. His humour added to the heavier pieces of the course. I loved the interactive exercises. The content was engaging. The course length was perfect. It worked well in a remote environment.”

Angelina Lavelle, Student Advisor, Maynooth University Access Programme, January 2022


“I liked both theory and practice, but Sean’s presentation skills with humour and simplicity really ‘grounded’ the SFBT concept for me as it cemented some of the skills I am already using, while providing extra tools for my arsenal.”

Deirdre Blewitt, Clinical Support Worker, Mindspace Mayo, May 2021