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Module 1 | Beyond Compliments: Using Solution-Focused Therapy

Program Information


Introduction to SFT

Case Studies: Is this situation too difficult for SFT?

Problem vs. Solution

Perception video


Guiding Steps to Solutions

Hearing the clients concern

Goal Setting

Exception seeking

Motivation strategy

Strategy building


Solution-Focused Principles

Overview of SFT principles

Redescription exercise

An exercise in hope

How writing notes can motivate clients

The miracle question


Using a Solution-Focused Approach

Exercise: What are your solutions

Externalizing problems

Assisting clients who have been sexually abused

Grief and loss

SFT and ACE’s

Dangerous Habits


SFT and Group Work

Healthy Habits

Chemical free


  1. Identify how Solution-Focused Therapy helps the client to be an active participant in the therapy process
  2. Apply an SFT framework to clinical practice to improve outcomes
  3. Identify the Five Steps of SFT and how they can move clients from their "best hopes" for therapy to finding real solutions
  4. Analyze case studies of SFT application to clinical practice.
  5. Examine how Solution-Focused Therapy can be individualized for client populations such as children, adults, and families

Module 2 | Solution Focused Therapy For Couples: An Evidence-Based Approach for Dynamic Results

Program Information



  • If it’s not broken, don’t fix it
  • If something is found to be working, do more of it
  • The future is creatable
  • No matter how severe the problem seems, there are always exceptions
  • The importance of the Solution Focused (SF) language
  • Simplify the session



  • Every couple comes from a successful past
  • Connect with the couple (not just the individuals that make up the couple)
  • Direct each question to both members of the couple
  • The “beauty” is in the details
  • Carefully select which part of the couple’s answers to be curious about
  • Use the couple’s exact language



  • Step 1: Establishing a “best hope” for the session
  • How to establish a set of goals and direction from the very start
  • How to use questions and language to accomplish goals
  • A review of the importance of this step
  • Step 2: Problem free talk
  • The value of taking time to get to know the client beyond their problems
  • Review of the therapist’s task during this stage
  • Video case study
  • Step 3: Honeymoon talk
    • How to identify the couple’s exceptions and amplify them
    • How to identify the couple’s strengths and amplify them
    • Video case study
  • Step 4: Detailed picture of the preferred future
    • Key components to a usable preferred future
    • How to use solution building language to assist the couple in describing their future
    • Video case study
  • Step 5: Assess current status toward Progress, scaling
    • Examination of different types of scaling questions
    • The 4 points to an SF scale
    • Video case study
  • Step 6: Session feedback/suggestions
    • Session closed



  • Key SF skills 


  1. Identify the tenets and assumptions of Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  2. Demonstrate how to structure a session from start to finish using the SFT approach
  3. Perform skills required to be effective with SFT when working with couples
  4. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of using SFT in clinical practice