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Solution Focused Brief Therapy (2 days)

NB! - Course runs for 2 (TWO) consecutive days from the date advertised.

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


Can be taken as an individual two-day course or as a part of a Certificate in Resource Based Therapies (3 modules/5 days training) approved by the BPS.

SDS Live Webcast:
Solution Focused Brief Therapy Recording

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3 Modules of the BPS Approved Certificate in Resource Based Therapies:

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Solution Focused Brief Therapy offers at least an enhancement to existing therapeutic approaches and at best an alternative to other evidence based therapies. It utilises process techniques that predate CBT but which the latter has begun to embrace, whilst sharing a great deal with both Systemic and Client Centred approaches. This course gives you an in-depth introduction to this effective approach.

This evidence-based two-day course is designed to provide you with the highest possible standard of training, a solid grounding in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and enable you to make immediate use of your learning on return to your workplace. It is invaluable in a range of health care and social services environments across the age span.

What you will take away from the course:

  • An understanding of the principles and techniques contained within Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • A toolbox of simple but effective strategies and tips for working more successfully with your clients, no matter how difficult or stuck they are
  • An approach for dealing with increasing work pressures more productively
  • Discover how “brief” doesn’t have to mean “superficial” or “second rate”, but can mean “better and more effective”
  • New insights into your clients and into solutions to their problems. Understand what “client centred” really means
  • Techniques to prevent client dependency
  • Increased confidence for working with your most complex and difficult clients

Why you cannot afford to miss this course:

  • Learn how complex multiple problems don’t need lengthy complex solutions
  • Effect change in behaviour, thoughts and feelings with only 1-4 contacts… even with very “stuck” clients
  • Identify your most challenging clients’ personal strengths and resources
  • Discover how to be optimistic and motivated with your most difficult clients
  • Learn how to be brief when you were trained to be deep and spot complex causes and needs
  • Extensive real case illustrations
  • Video demonstrations of techniques
  • Case consultation with lots of opportunities to address delegates’ difficulties with clients

FAQ about this course:

Do I need prior knowledge of Solution Focused Brief Therapy? 
No prior knowledge is required. However, a background in a "helping profession" working within a defined model of practice is desirable but not essential.

How will I know if Brief Solution Therapy will work with my clients? They are very unmotivated/ damaged/cognitively impaired. 
The evidence base for Brief Solution Therapy is now very extensive and one of its key strengths is that it does not require the client to even agree they have a problem in order for the approach to be used. The only requirement is that the client is able and willing to communicate with you in some way. The approach has been used with those identified as offenders, those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and those with severe enduring mental health problems – amongst many others

I’m not a Brief Solution Focused Therapist. I’m a CBT Therapist/Client Centred Therapist/ Exploratory Psychotherapist/Group Therapist. Is this course any use to me? 
Yes! There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, Brief Solution has often been described as a non-theoretical approach. Without going into further detail here, you are likely to find that many of its components “bolt onto” your existing therapeutic modality. It does not require you to “give up” your current approach in order to use it. Secondly, it has a strong evidence base regarding its outcome effectiveness. It is also supported by a great deal of work within general psychology (especially neuropsychology). Thirdly, although providing new and different tools, you will find much that is already familiar and similar to the approach you use.

Actually I’m not a psychotherapist/counsellor at all! Is this course any use to me?
Yes… as long as you are involved in the field of helping people to change their behaviour and attitudes! For instance, it has been used in a variety of health behaviour change fields (including smoking cessation and weight loss) and with client groups as diverse as the unemployed and those with learning difficulties. One of the major UK books in the field is written by a Speech and Language therapist and it is also used as a management, supervision and team building approach.

Course outline:

  • Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Evidence base and applicability to different client and staff groups. Understanding the trap of the CLEPPER approach in traditional models of helping.
  • Softening Things Up
  • Rapport building (with a difference!).
  • Introducing problem variation and change perception
  • Scaling to identify client resources and solutions
  • The role of Exceptions and how focusing on how things could be worse makes them better
  • Why don’t people solve their problems
  • The role of “experimental behaviour” Doing The problem in detail and pattern intervention
  • What constitutes a complex case?
  • Future causality and social constructionism as a way of viewing complex cases differently
  • Involuntary/mandated clients and ASD diagnoses
  • An introduction to the Miracle Question (MQ)
  • Outline and purpose of the MQ
  • Video / live demonstrations of the MQ
  • The Miracle Question Continued
  • MQ practice
  • Where does the MQ fit into therapy and where do you go afterwards ?
  • Dealing with unhealthy and unrealistic Miracles
  • What to do if your client’s preferred future is one you can not support ?
  • Pretence and treating weaknesses as strengths
  • Treating deficits as resources and the therapeutic value of faking
  • Case consultancy

This course is available for in-house training.
For further details on in-house training visit: http://www.sdsinhouse.co.uk

“I just finished watching both days of the SFBT course with Paul. Would you please pass along to him my feedback of what a great trainer he is. I appreciated the chance to practice the techniques and also the reasoning he provided behind why we were doing them. In short, what was clear to me throughout the two days is that we are always trying to connect the client to their own best self/strengths/solutions in the future by looking at what has worked, imagining what could work (MQ), reframing to the positive, and having them try it out. Paul is a gifted teacher. Thanks again for the wonderful course. I look forward to taking more in the future.”
Shelly Clubb, MS, MA, LPC; Denver, Colorado
“Course tutor enigmatic, enthusiastic and wonderfully enjoyable as a facilitator. Great course all round!”
KD, National Probation Service
“Very useful approach for service users to explore their own resources in coping with difficult problems.
ST, Social worker
“Very useful! Simple, practical techniques I can use when I’m working alongside patients. It is great to have an opportunity to attend a training course run by a highly-qualified professional. It makes all the difference.”
Senior Occupational Therapist, Physical Rehabilitation, Glasgow

Course Price:

Early Bird Price: £250 + VAT (£300) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £280 + VAT (£336).

Course Fees for Block Booking of all 3 courses/4 days on RBT – save over £100 from booking courses individually: Click here for details

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 12 CPD training hours on the day.

Recommended Viewing:

Solution-Focused Therapy - 2 CPD Hours

Watch Insoo Kim Berg masterfully demonstrate Solution-Focused Therapy in an actual therapy session in this 3-part video. What a treat to see this legendary therapist in action!
As the name implies, solution-focused therapy emphasizes clients? existing strengths and skills instead of problems and psychopathology. In this video, Berg demonstrates her uniquely optimistic and supportive therapy style. See how effectively she connects with the client, using her language, tracking how the client frames her problems, and mirroring her skills and assets. Hosts Jon Carlson and Diane Kjos introduce Berg and facilitate an enlightening discussion, which sheds light on the subtle nuances of this seemingly simplistic approach.

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Recommended Viewing:

Solution Focused Live Case Consultation - 2 DVD Set

This DVD series is an attempt to give practitioners a clear explanation of the SFT process and guidance about its use with the variety of clients. You will see unique footage of a live consultation with a client conducted by an experienced SFT practitioner Stephen Conlon. The interview is not rehearsed and the therapist (just like the viewer) doesn’t know what problem the client will want to address during the session. You will watch how the therapist approaches the issue, builds trust, explores the possible solutions with the client – all in front of the viewer's eyes.

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Course Outline:

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE THE COURSE

IMPORTANT! THIS IS A BPS APPROVED COURSE AND ALL THE TRAINING HOURS OF THIS COURSE SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE BPS APPROVED CERTIFICATE.
Please make sure that you arrive in time for 9.30 AM start (sharp!). Your late arrival might result in you not been eligible for the BPS Approved Certificate.
The same applies to the finish times. Make sure that your travel arrangements enable you to be present until 4.30 PM every day of the course.
We very much appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

Every day consists of the morning session (starting at 9.30 AM sharp!) and afternoon session (finishing at 4.30 PM strictly).
Refreshments provided during your morning (11.15) and afternoon (14.45) break.
Lunch break (1 hour) – lunch by own arrangements (12.30 – 13.30).

Due to the INTENSIVE NATURE of this training we advise you to have extra drinks of water with you and layers of clothing to adjust effectively to the temperature in the room.

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

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