Solutions Focused Brief Approach - course details

Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) was developed in the 1980s as a pragmatic approach to psychotherapy. Since then it has developed more than 20 years of sound evidence as being effective in a variety of settings, with a variety of populations - from social services to business applications. The basic principles of the SFBA are:

  • Problems are symptoms that what you're doing is not working. Therefore, solutions are not found by exploring the problem, or by exploring the emotions resulting from the problem
  • The client is the expert in/of their own life. Do not see the person as someone who needs to be rescued
  • If it's not broken don't fix it (including: don't do for them what they can do for themselves)
  • If what they/you are doing is working, do more of it
  • If what they/you are doing is not working, try something else
  • Look to a positive future

SFBA is very compatible with current contemporary practice particularly Wellness/Enabling; Person Centred; and Strengths Based practice.

Standards: 
HCS 2, 3
Topics covered:
  • Taking a Solutions Focused stance
  • Real power sharing - working in partnership with the person
  • Techniques of the SFBA - competency questions, miracle questions, scaling questions, coping questions, acknowledging competence, using exceptions and more
  • When emotional support gets in the way of solutions focus
  • When not to use the approach
Duration: 
Full day ONLY
Suitable for: 
Coordinators, Case Managers, Family Support Workers, Managers
Prerequisites: 
none
Comments:
  • none