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, 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 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 is open to individuals and can also be delivered as in-house training to groups of employees.

This training is accredited by The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland for CPD points with other accreditation pending. 

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

Students will receive handouts and relevant literature to enable them to develop their understanding of Solution Focused Brief Therapy appropriate to this level. In each session students will have the opportunity to observe and practice Solution Focused Brief Therapy through role-plays and scenarios provided by the lecturer.

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 students are provided with the contact details of the lecturer and are free to contact him/her with any questions they may have or that they would like the lecturer to help them with.

Programme Certification

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

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