The Centre for Solution Focused Practice


On-Line Programme Autumn term 2021

Foundation Courses - Certificate Course - Advanced Certificate Course

Welcome to BRIEF’s on-line course programme for Autumn term 2021.

We have re-tuned our Certificate Programmes to fit the on-line format while making sure to maintain the high standards that have characterised our training for over thirty years. Our courses will still be world class, will still shape your practice forever and will still change lives.

In designing these courses, we have experimented with different forms of delivery and in the process have discovered that on-line training has its own special advantages. We will miss the face-to-face contact, the informal conversations and the spontaneity of our previous courses but will gain something new and surprising. The on-line format creates an intensity and a sharper focus but also gives more time for reflection and absorption of ideas. We seem to hear ourselves and each other with more clarity and this has engendered a new burst of creativity in our thinking, teaching and practice.

It has been BRIEF’s promise to keep Solution Focused Practice as a dynamic and ever-changing process and we are looking forward to what we might discover over the next year in the development of this still amazing, fascinating and close to miraculous way of working. And we very much hope that you will join us and become a part of this continuing evolution.

The BRIEF Certificate in Solution Focused Practice

Solution Focused Practice refers to a conversational process for generating positive change. It can be used as therapy, coaching, team building, in fact, in any situation where improvement is being sought. The BRIEF Certificate course will focus primarily on therapy and coaching but will be flexible enough to stretch to other arenas in order to meet course members individual needs.

Solution Focused Practice can be summarised as four questions each of which is the starting point for a series of supplementary questions which, put together, make a Solution Focused conversation.

  1. What are your best hopes from our talking?
    This part of the conversation is intended to clarify the client’s desired outcome and until this is agreed no further questions are possible.
  1. Imagine that you wake up tomorrow and all your hopes from our talking have been realised what will be different in your life?
    This part of the conversation seeks to draw out as detailed a description as possible of the client’s life if the desired outcome is achieved.
  2. Let’s have a 0 – 10 scale where 10 = your desired outcome has been achieved and 0 = the opposite where would you say you are now?
    This question begins that part of the conversation aimed at discovering what the client is already doing or has done in the past that might prove helpful in achieving the hoped-for future.
  3. What’s better?
    This is the question we ask at the beginning of second and subsequent sessions. It seeks to discover and build on anything the client has done which might be seen as part of the desired future.

Each of these questions has an infinite number of variations which together make a new language for therapists and coaches. In that sense the Certificate Course will be like a language course with Level 1 laying out the basic structure, Level 2 as conversational practice and Level three as conversation: fluent enough to be a Solution Focused therapist, counsellor or coach.

Foundation Level 1

This two day (twelve hour) course will introduce you to Solution Focused Practice, it’s techniques, underlying assumptions and philosophy. You will have the opportunity to learn both by listening, watching, practicing and discussing.

Level 1 Dates

3-4 November 2021                  18-19 January 2022                    16-17 March 2022                     10-11 May 2022

Foundation Level 2

The two day (twelve hour) programme will focus mainly on practice with a series of developing exercises through which you will become familiar with the conversational process.

Level 2 Dates

19-20 October 2021                   22-23 February 2022                   27-28 April 2022                     5-6 July 2022

Foundation Level 3

This last two-day (twelve hour) programme will provide a chance to watch and do whole sessions of therapy or coaching. Once again, the emphasis will be on practice. Participants will also be expected by this time to have been trying out Solution Focused conversations in their work

Level 3 Dates

16-17 November 2021                     29-30 March 2022                     22-23 June 2022

Additional Requirements


Candidates for the Certificate will need in addition to attend six hours of supervision and for this purpose BRIEF will be organising a number of supervision groups.

Each Supervision Group session will last one-and-a-half hours and be restricted to ten members.

Advanced Certificate Course

For those wanting to develop their practice even further BRIEF offers the BRIEF Advanced Certificate in Solution Focused Practice Course.
This course is delivered over 24 weeks in 3-hour online modules.
The design of this  course is radical and fits with the BRIEF belief in constantly asking the question 'what is the least that people need?'.
The course is specifically designed to meet the criteria for accreditation developed by UKASFP. 
The Advanced Certificate builds on the experience gained by running the BRIEF Diploma over 13 years, a course which came to be recognised by the Solution Focused international community to be second to none.
Many who  completed the diploma have gone  on to become Solution Focused trainers and consultants in their own right.
Over the years the diploma attracted participants from the whole of the UK, from Switzerland, from Ireland, from Germany, from Lebanon, from Denmark and from Cyprus, whilst the first Advanced Certificate had our first participant from Italy and our second has welcomed a participant from Tanzania.

To find out more about the Advanced Certificate Course and how to apply please email Chris Iveson

SF Practice: Foundation Level 1

Location Course Date Price    
online 18 Jan - 19 Jan 2022 £360.00 info Book
online 16 Mar - 17 Mar 2022 £360.00 info Book
online 10 May - 11 May 2022 £360.00 info Book

SF Practice: Foundation Level 2

Location Course Date Price    
online 22 Feb - 23 Feb 2022 £360.00 info Book
online 27 Apr - 28 Apr 2022 £360.00 info Book
online 05 Jul - 06 Jul 2022 £360.00 info Book

SF Practice: Foundation Level 3

Location Course Date Price    
online 29 Mar - 30 Mar 2022 £360.00 info Book
online 22 Jun - 23 Jun 2022 £360.00 info Book


What’s better? Nothing - in fact it has been worse.

The question that we ask does not guarantee the client's answer. And in SF every answer is the right answer and that is the one that we must work with. So Evan George shares some of his ideas about those times (not frequent) when people say that things are worse.

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