Remote Learning: An Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy

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

This training will introduce theory and practice and allow the space to practise the skills associated with this therapy.

The workshop will be delivered live by Seán using the free Zoom remote conferencing platform: The course will allow you to interact with the trainer and other participants in a virtual classroom where, in addition to the workshop content, there will be time built in for live discussions, question & answer sessions and skills practice. You can access the course wherever you have an internet connection; on a desktop, tablet or even a smartphone.This workshop is open to individuals and can also be delivered as in-house training to groups of employees.

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. 


"I absolutely loved the course it gave me a great understanding about how to approach a situation with a service user or in my own personal life in a positive way.  I will be recommending this course to everyone I know."

Alison Notley, HSE Community Integration Worker, The Mental Health Rehabilitation Team, Louth & Meath

September 2020


"Seán is fantastic, interesting, engaging, warm and knowledgable, exactly who you would want as a trainer! I thought the content and the resources were excellent. I loved Seán's stories and ability to contextualise every part of the training into practical situations."

Sarah Cassidy, trainee educational psychologist, School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast

October 2020


Programme Duration

Two days training, run over four mornings.

What is SFBT?

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.

Programme Aims

The aim of this workshop is to introduce the theory and practice of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and allow the space to practise the skills associated with it.

Programme Content

Participants will receive an emailed copy of the presentation, other supporting documents and links to relevant literature which will enable them to develop their understanding of SFBT appropriate to this level. In each session participants will have the opportunity to observe and participate in role-plays and discussions via Zoom.

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 SFBT skills
  4. To become familiar with the theory 
  5. To provide space and time for participants to become familiar with this 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 taking part 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 them with any questions they may have.

Programme Certification

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

People like what we do

"Excellent.  Lovely delivery, excellent mix of theory and practical with integration throughout. Invaluable" Jennifer Keenan, May 2019