This course will provide a thorough introduction to the principles and practices of solution focused brief therapy including:
The development of the approach
The theoretical underpinnings
The therapeutic process
A full set of adaptable skills
The course will be sufficiently practical for each participant to be able to begin using solution focused skills when they return to work. It will also provide a basis for continued self-development.
The course will be tailored to match the needs of participants from a variety of different backgrounds including health, education, social care, counselling and coaching.
More front-line professionals are using solution focus as the approach of choice than any other therapeutic model. Its strength-base and future-focus make it ideal for situations requiring rapid engagement and cooperation. By concentrating on a preferred future rather than a regretted past and by focusing on resources rather than deficits the solution focused approach has proved as effective as any other model and is especially useful where clients are in great difficulty and who urgently need to find a way forward.
Solution focused brief therapy can only be learned through practice and the teaching methods reflects this. Courses have a large element of practical skills development exercises all designed to be directly relevant to the task of doing and supervising direct work with clients. Most of the work is done in pairs, threes, small and large groups. The approach will also be demonstrated either through the use of recorded sessions or through live demonstration.
Solution focused brief therapy is constantly evolving so each course is a unique event with the programme being adapted to match each group to the most current practice. However, the following elements are likely to be covered:
An overview of Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Establishing a contract
Detailing the preferred future
Eliciting competence and resource
Finishing solution focused conversations
Putting it all together
5 minute sessions
This two-day programme provides sufficient opportunity to begin to embed solution focused skills into the everyday work of participants. It has been the starting point for many leading brief therapists in Britain.
All courses will be run by one of BRIEF’s founders, Evan George, Chris Iveson or Harvey Ratner, all of whom have world-wide recognition as important leaders in this field. Their most recent book Solution Focused Brief Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques (Routledge) is regarded as one of the most useful texts available.
Each participant will be given a detailed, practical Manual supporting the course programme and will have access to any other written material used.
'Thank you again for the very positive experience. I hope to do a session with my team members - using the material we went through. It has made me feel much more positive.'
'Since the training I have been trying out solution focused therapy with patients, and have found it to be extremely positive and powerful. The training came at exactly the right time for me and I feel inspired. Am definitely planning on doing more training.'
'I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the two days training. I will definitely be using the techniques and even had a little go this morning! It wasn’t that I didn’t use this approach previously as I am a big believer in the fact families have their own solutions and we are facilitators in helping to point these out. However the training helped with terminology and provided good insight. It was great to have a trainer who was so passionate about his subject.' (Family Support Worker)
'Thank you so much for your email and the attachments. I started using Solution Focused Practice at 8.30 am on Monday morning - and again throughout the week ... I very much enjoyed your course and found the content very thought provoking and useful. Thank you again for a very enjoyable two days.' (Counsellor)
Four day foundation course in Solution Focused practice. This 'flag-ship' programme has been the introduction to Solution Focus for many of the UK's leading practitioners. Exciting, energising and inspiring many participants can't wait to get back to their work to use the ideas.
Brief Therapy follow-on courses are an essential part of solution focused skills development. They are intended for professionals already trying to put solution focused brief therapy into practice in their everyday work but who, like us all, are finding areas of difficulty.
There are things that continue to puzzle me about the Solution Focused approach – not just interest me but really puzzle me. And the main one that I find myself thinking about over and over is to do with the client’s response to the ‘best hopes’ question. How should we think about the client’s response, what name should we give it, and how should the client’s answer be connected to the rest of the work?
Evan George shares some very provisional thoughts.