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 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 Zoom, the 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.

Note: Attendees will be expected to have their cameras on during the training. This helps generate engagement and interaction with their trainer and other participants. If special circumstances mean that a participant may have to switch off their camera occasionally please let us know in advance. It is not permitted to record this workshop.

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. 


“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

“I can honestly say it is a wonderful course with immediate beneficial applications. The course provided me with reassurance and reinforcement of my belief and preferred direction of working with clients while providing new guides of direction and technique that can be applied and adapted as situation requires. Seán Foy does an excellent job at sharing information in an easy to learn method with opportunity to follow up on more information to compliment. Overall I’m delighted and would highly recommend this course to others.”

Gráinne McGovern, Person in Charge, Brook House, Stepping Stones Residential Care

March 2021

Programme Duration

Two days training or 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

On completion of this workshop:

  1. Participants should be equipped with the tools to develop and build on their own counselling skills
  2. It is expected that participants will have expanded their existing knowledge, in relation to Solution Focused Brief Therapy within the group
  3. It is expected that participants will have enhanced confidence in their use of Solution Focused Brief Therapy skills
  4. It is expected that participants will be familiar with the theory of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and the use of it’s 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 an eCertificate 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