Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Training

Training Clinical Staff for Time-Efficient, Outcome-Oriented, Empirically-Based Treatment

Why provide Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Training for your staff?

Today's clinicians face many uncertainties and hard realities with managed behavioral health care demanding they become more outcome oriented (effective) and time-sensitive (efficient).  Brief therapy skills that are based on empirical evidence are essential in today's environment, yet many clinicians are inadequately trained to provide these services.  This can challenge clinician’s sense of autonomy, professionalism, and competence, as well as their commitment to quality care.

Today's clinicians need the broad range of clinical skills which research has shown to be common to all effective therapies.  They also need skills best articulated by the brief therapies, including the ability to rapidly negotiate and accomplish treatment goals with a wide variety of clients.  Providing staff with these skills can increase morale, which is essential to preventing "burn out" and to retaining experienced, committed staff.  Conscientious clinicians are often relieved and excited to learn a compassionate, respectful, and hopeful way to work that truly helps people change, and that does so time-efficiently, whether the people they serve change rapidly or require services over an extended period of time. 

What is unique about my SFBT Training?

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is not just an abbreviated version of long-term therapy, but rather an exciting development in the field of psychotherapy offering a non-pathological, competency-based approach to resolving human problems.  My approach to SFBT is based on a synthesis of the innovative research and work of The Brief Family Therapy Center (originators of the model), Milton H. Erickson, outcome research, neuroscience research, and four decades of experience with hard to treat individuals and families.

MY SFBT trainings provide a coherent theoretical base supported by current outcome research as well as numerous practical interventions that reduce resistance by focusing client strengths, creativity, and abilities on solution development.  I focus on how to employ the approach with a wide range of clients that have varied diagnoses, histories and symptom patterns by facilitating rapid development of a collaborative therapeutic alliance focused on achievable goals.   This active, focused, yet flexible approach to increasing client's hopefulness, motivation, participation, and responsibility has been shown to be effective at facilitating  therapeutic change with families, individuals, couples, groups, communities, and organizations.  I aspire to teach how to do therapy well, not just briefly.

 But what about "brief" therapy with our"long-term" clients?

80% or more of outpatient clients satisfactorily complete therapy in 6 to 10 visits, with the most frequent number of sessions being 1 or 2.  Some clients, however, present with problems that are very challenging to resolve regardless of treatment method (dissociative disorders, persistent substance abuse, severe trauma, personality disorders, etc.)  Outcome research shows that the majority of these clients respond to various brief therapies, but sometimes their belief systems, emotional reactivity, relationship reluctance, vagueness, external locus of control, or lack of functional supports slows progress.

The SFBT approach is uniquely effective in helping therapists collaborate with these more challenging clients.  The model's readily learned skills help access internal resources, capitalize on existing motivations, facilitate a therapeutic focus, and utilize extra-therapeutic factors to help clients discover how to make and maintain therapeutic changes.   This makes therapy both briefer and more effective, even with "longer-term" clients.

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