Clinical Use of Solution Focused Therapy

Introduction

If you google “therapy cartoon”, a common illustration or image that may pop up is a client who is laying out on a sofa across from a therapist. This illustration may come with a text bubble, with words that indicate the client is doing a deep dive into their history. It may be a typical belief that therapy needs to go within the depths of childhood, be problem-centered, and lengthy,  in order to be successful. However, one approach is not a one size fits all for every client. We live in a world where brief solutions are in demand, and mental health is no different. Certain circumstances, such as time constraints, i.e. within an acute setting (hospital), lack of time a client may have due to lifestyle/responsibilities, or finances may not lend to using an approach that requires the client to attend beyond 5 sessions. Solution-Focused Therapy differs from many traditional approaches to mental health treatment. It is a future-oriented approach that, “helps clients build solutions rather than just resolve specific problems” (https://ct.counseling.org/2013/07/keeping-it-brief/).  SFT is a strengths-based approach, where the therapist helps the client identify strengths and previous successes, in order to build toward their desired destination or outcome. (Walsh, Pg, 230).  

 

     Course Summary

This course would benefit learners who are interested in Solution-Focused Therapy. This approach puts less focus on the presenting problem, shifts greater focus on helping clients identify strengths and previous successes in order to support their desired future outcome,  and can serve as a way to measure progress toward an attainable goal. 

This course will examine the concepts, theories, and tools used within Solution-Focused Therapy and how this approach can be an effective alternative to longer forms of therapy for appropriate client populations.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe, identify and explain the main components of Solution-Focused Therapy.

  • Participants will be able to describe, identify and explain the advantages and disadvantages in using Solution-Focused Therapy.

  • Participants will be able to describe and demonstrate at least two of the tools used within the approach and how they are used in Solution-Focused Therapy

 

Course Outline

  • What is Solution Focused Therapy?

  • Development & History

  • Cultural Implications for SFT

  • Techniques used in SFT

    • Goal Setting

    • The Miracle Question

    • Scaling Question

    • The Exception Question 

  • How to put in practice - Handout

    • Solution Focused Skills and Questions - PDF

  • SFT Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Final Points


Certificates will be awarded after completion of the full Webinar and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/20 to 2/28/2023  Social workers completing this course receive 1-clinical continuing education credits.

Find out whether your state or province accepts ACE approval.

Refund Policy:   No refund will be given for the purchase of any course or webinar. 

 We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please email info@rswellness.org for more information if disability accommodations are needed.

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Course Outline

  • 1

    Clinical Use of Solution Focus Therapy

    • Video1-KM Solution-Focused Therapy

    • What is Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)_

    • Video2-KM Solution-Focused Therapy

    • Solutions Every Day Episode 120_ The Key Ingredient to Solution Focused Brief Therapy

    • Stages of Change: Techniques used in SFT

    • Video3-KM Solution-Focused Therapy

    • The miracle question_ demo (1)

    • Video4-KM Solution-Focused Therapy

    • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) Scaling Questions Role Play, 2021.

    • Motivational Interviewing & Scaling Questions

    • Video5 -KM Solution-Focused Therapy

    • 3 Ways to Ask Exception Questions In Therapy

    • SFT Activities (Examples)

    • Video6 -KM Solution-Focused Therapy

    • Putting it Into Practice (Long Example)

    • Video7-KM Solution-Focused Therapy

  • 2

    Section Four: Quiz & Evaluation

    • Biographical- Reference

    • Clinical Use of Solution Focus Therapy-Quiz

    • Clinical Use of Solution Focused Therapy-Evaluation

Lead Trainer

Sharea Farmer, LCSW

Sharea Farmer is the Founder and Executive Director of RS Counseling & Wellness with over 15 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker. Her training includes: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Theory, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Her expertise in both clinical and administration has allowed her to work in the private and public sectors as an advocate for employee wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Race Equity, and Trauma-Informed Practices. Her unique practice that focuses on empowerment and education creates transformative wellness for her clients that range from executive leadership teams to supervisors to staff. RS Wellness has developed employee resilience plans and trauma-informed care programs for state and public health agencies, as well as educational groups, both locally and nationally. The workshops and courses created by RS Wellness are the keys to a healthy trauma-informed workplace where everyone can thrive. Courses fall under four categories: DEI, Social Work Continuing Education, Trauma-Focused, and Wellness. Although each course is tailored to its specific subject matter, the courses provide curriculum, assignments, video, and affirming activities. Sharea received a BA in Sociology from Rider University and a Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers. She is an adjunct professor at Rutgers where she’s been teaching since 2014. She is on the World Childhood Foundation Advisory Board for a two-year term from 2021-2023. On the board, she’ll have the chance to use the Equity & Inclusion lens to determine program eligibility for funding in the area of preventing sexual exploitation and abuse of children. You can find her press, publications, and presentations here. Sharea lives in New Jersey with her husband. She enjoys all things basketball, live NBA games, traveling, coloring, and spending time with family and friends. Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of New Jersey #44SC05650200