Full Course Description

Solution Focused Brief Therapy: An Evidence-Based Approach to Create Rapid, Sustainable Change with Any Client

Would you like to see more progress in session? Have you found yourself stuck with certain clients, addressing the same problems and symptoms week after week?

Would you like to see your clients transform themselves into the most positive, creative, and motivated people they can be, regardless of presenting problem or diagnosis?

It’s time to incorporate Solution Focused Brief Therapy into your clinical toolbox!

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an evidence-based, straightforward, result-driven approach to therapy that helps clients become “unstuck” by drawing on their already existing resources and personal strengths. Through easy to learn, simple interventions and principles, SFBT offers you a whole new perspective of what therapy can do.

Watch Elliott Connie, SFBT trainer, author and psychotherapist, as he walks you through the philosophical shift from problem to solution-oriented therapy that will completely change your practice. No tricks, no theoretical rhetoric that takes years to understand – just simple, practical, innovative strategies that will transform your clients’ relationship with their perceived problem.

In this dynamic, engaging recording you’ll have the opportunity to practice the skills and even watch a SFBT session from start to finish so you’ll know exactly how to use it in your own office!

Breathe new life into your practice – purchase today!

Program Information


  1. Utilize specific solution-focused strategies, including miracle and best-hopes questions to improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Compare the benefits of utilizing a solution-focused approach versus other evidence-based treatment models.
  3. Implement solution-focused interventions that shift the conversation from “problem talk” toward productive, solution-oriented talk.
  4. Assess the practical benefits and limitations of utilizing a solution-focused treatment approach with clients.
  5. Summarize the current research related to the efficacy of a solution-focused approach to treatment.
  6. Implement the structure and questions of the Solution Focused Approach with their clients in an ethical way.


What Distinguishes SFBT From Traditional Approaches

  • Key tenets, theory and evidence behind SFBT
  • How important is the problem?
  • Why assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning doesn’t guide treatment
  • ”The details drive the change”
  • The absence of symptomology v. the presence of what clients most desire
  • What are the two most important words in SFBT?
Intentional Questions: The Strength Behind SFBT
  • Reframe questions as invitations
  • How to build questions that:
    • Lead to meaningful answers
    • Create change that sticks
    • Harness your client’s strengths and resources
    • Immediately replace resistance with buy-in
    • Keep the client engaged throughout session
  • Core SFBT questions:
    • Desired Outcome: Discover what clients want to be different in their lives
    • Resource Talk: Activate the client’s strengths
    • Preferred Future: Elicit a detailed description of what the client wants
    • Scaling: Measure progress toward the desired outcomes
    • Coping Questions: Find positive resources even in difficult situations
Inside a SFBT Session: Innovative, Practical Strategies from Start to Finish
  • Opening the Session
    • Why your first few interactions are crucial
    • How to elicit hope right away
    • Key questions to instantly shift the client’s perspective
  • The Core of the Session
    • Working with one problem at a time
    • Strategies to build momentum toward the client’s hoped for future
    • Tolerating silence and using it as a valuable tool
    • What to do when the client is focused on problems and symptoms
    • Techniques to keep the client engaged and the session meaningful
  • Closing the Session
    • Specific strategies for effective session closure
    • Increase likelihood of between-session work
  • Video case examples: See each step in action!
SFBT Across Settings and Populations
  • School-based SFBT
  • Group therapy
  • Children, adolescents and families
  • Couples
  • Addictions, trauma and severe mental illness
  • Multicultural factors
  • Ethical considerations
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • School Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 10/24/2019

Becoming Solution Focused in Therapy

Mastering Solution-Focused Brief Therapy requires practitioners to learn the deceptively simple process of asking targeted questions in session that thwart the all too common temptation for both therapist and client to focus on the problem, rather than exploring solutions. In addition to making therapy briefer and more efficient, this approach will increase your effectiveness with any client, with any issue, including depression and anxiety.

Program Information


  1. Identify the differences between solution-focused and problem-focused approaches. 
  2. Explain effective ways to use the Solution-Focused Approach to improve clinical outcomes with clients. 
  3. Assess the research on the Solution-Focused Approach as it relates to case conceptualization. 


Attendees to this recording will leave inspired and filled with a new perspective on using the Solution Focused Approach. 

  • Share stories of my success from my practice. 
  • Live demonstrations of SFBT skills in action. 
Attendees will come away from this recording believing that they can use this approach with any client with any problem. 
  • Review current research to demonstrate the efficacy of SFBT 
  • Show video examples of therapy sessions with a variety of issues highlighted. 
Attendees will be reminded of the truest and most positive aspects on the human experience and how this can be leveraged in a therapy session. 
  • Interactive exercises. 
  • Stories of hope and resilience will be shared.  

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/24/2019

Using Solution Focused Brief Therapy to Maximize Telehealth Sessions

Any diagnosis, any presenting problem, any therapy platform – your clients CAN create lasting change in their lives!

Join Elliott Connie, SFBT trainer, author, and psychotherapist, as he walks you through the why’s and how-tos of using a solution-focused approach on a telehealth platform. After just 3 hours with Elliott, you’re sure to have a clinical toolbox that’s overflowing with simple, practical, innovative strategies that will transform your clients’ relationship with their perceived problem.

This lecture will go beyond theory to focus on practical strategies that viewers can utilize in their telehealth practice immediately - purchase today!

Program Information


  1. Appraise the efficacy of utilizing solution focused brief therapy on a telehealth platform.
  2. Conduct telehealth-based solution focused therapy sessions per the flow chart outlined during the lecture.
  3. Implement solution-focused interventions that shift the conversation from “problem talk” toward productive, solution-oriented talk.


SFBT Meets the Telehealth Platform

  • Why SFBT aligns well with distance therapy
  • The importance of your first few interactions
  • “The details drive the change”

The Solution-Focused Virtual Session

  • Common questions associated with SFBT
  • A structural breakdown of the SFBT session
    • Outcome
    • Description
    • Closing
  • Asking the right questions, eliciting hope, building momentum, harnessing your client’s strengths, and more!

SFBT Session Demos and Case Examples

  • Observe, ask questions, gain insight
  • Take home strategies you can use the next day!

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses

Copyright : 04/14/2020