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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Solution Focused Brief Therapy: A comprehensive introduction

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Do you work with complex clients in limited time? Do your clients get stuck in a focus on the problem rather than being able to move towards a solution? Would you like an efficient, evidenced-based approach that is effective in 65-83% of cases and just 4-5 sessions?

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) offers professionals an efficient, user-friendly and research-supported approach that is responsive to the practical realities of working with young people and adults. The role of counsellors, and other professionals, rests largely on the ability to interact with people in ways that emphasise people’s existing strengths/resources, identifies possible different futures and supports movement to change.

Dates:10 to 12 Dec 2020 (Thu to Sat)
Time:9.00am – 1.30pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Michael Durrant

Michael is a psychologist and Director of the Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney and has more than 35 years’ experience in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. He is acknowledged as the leading trainer of the Solution Focused approach in Australia and Asia and had a personal and professional friendship with the North American founders of the approach. Michael has taught Solution Focused Therapy at two Australian universities, has presented more than 600 professional training workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America and Asia. He is the author of four books, was the founding editor of the international journal The Journal of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and was previously President of the Australasian Association for Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Course Outline

With an emphasis on “what works”, SFBT focuses on the reality that change is what we are about. The approach is used with clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, disruptive behaviours and a host of other emotional and well-being issues. This popular workshop offers a thorough overview of the approach and shares real clinical examples, including substance abuse, trauma, mental health, child and adolescent difficulties.

Course Objectives

Participants will learn:

  1. Why the fundamental shift from “problem-driven” to “solution-driven” can dramatically change the outcome of any interaction.
  2. How to use cooperative relationships and an individual’s language, beliefs and preferences to define changeable problems, and develop highly meaningful and specific goals.
  3. When and how to use a range of techniques and tools; through detailed demonstrations, skills practice exercises, discussions and video examples of ACTUAL therapy sessions.
  4. How the use of “future-focused” questions, building on exceptions and reframing of problems, shifts people away from the problem and towards change.
  5. What the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the approach are, and how the resilience research supports it.
  6. Why presenting ideas and interventions as “suggestions” and “experiments” instead of directives can improve the likelihood of clients taking action once they leave your office.
  7. How issues such as “risk” fit with the Solution-Focused approach.
Who Can Benefit?

This course will be particularly suitable for psychologists, social workers, counsellors, mental health nurses, school counsellors, coaches and anyone interested in working EFFECTIVELY and EFFICIENTLY to promote change. It will be relevant BOTH for those who have already had some exposure to Solution-Focused Brief Therapy but would benefit from a comprehensive framework for conceptualising and practising the approach AND also highly applicable for people with no real exposure to the approach.

What others say

“This is an excellent seminar - one of the best I have ever been to. Michael is an amazing presenter” - Counsellor

“Excellent seminar. Well presented. Highly motivating” - Clinical Psychologist CAMHS

“I have since tried some of the Solution Focused Brief Therapy strategies and found them fantastic. Thanks for a very enlightening presentation. You have certainly had a huge impact on my work with young people.” - School Counsellor

“Thank you, Michael, for such a practical, positive and valuable course. I can see it all working. It's real. Brings together previous successes but then adds so much. The real examples and the repetition were really helpful. I feel hopeful. I feel Inspired” - Counsellor

“Fantastic workshop - practical, relevant and incredibly useful for my work both as a school counsellor/anger management counsellor. would love to do more training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy” - Counsellor/ Teacher

“Michael was excellent to listen to, very motivating and his clinical examples helped with processing the theory to everyday practice” - Registered Psychologist

“Thoroughly enjoyed listening - has given me a totally different focus when working with students.” - Guidance Officer

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)/pax
31 Oct 2020 500
Normal Till Full 600