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

Elliott Connie, MA, LPC
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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.

Join 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 seminar you’ll have the unique opportunity to share your thoughts, 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 – sign up today!



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. This webcast is a broadcast of a live event. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Addiction Counselors


This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 

California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CCAPP-EI)

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1021. This activity meets the qualifications for 6.0 CEH's (continuing education hours).

California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CADTP)

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CADTP, Provider #: 201. This Category C activity meets the qualifications for 6.0 CEU's (continuing education hours).

Connecticut Addiction Counselors

Provider #120924. This course has been approved as a CCB approved training and has been awarded 6.25 hours by the Connecticut Certification Board.

Mississippi Addiction Counselors

The Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAAP) recognizes courses and providers that are approved by NAADAC. This intermediate activity is approved for 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number 50-399. This course qualifies for a total of 6.25 ceus in the area(s) of C2. 

Oklahoma Alcohol & Drug Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors approved provider # 20210032. This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Case Managers

This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 6.25 CE contact hour(s).


This educational offering consists of 6.25 clock hour(s) of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this offering and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Alaska Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0 continuing education clock hours for Alaska Counselors. The Board of Professional Counselors (12 AAC 62.320) confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling from providers approved by NAADAC. This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

Arizona Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Arizona Counselors. The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, pursuant to A.A.C. R4-6-802, confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling and approved by a national professional association of counseling, social work or substance abuse counseling. PESI is an approved provider of continuing education seminars with a national social work association. Please see social work approvals for this program. 

California Counselors

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs.  A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at under “Where to find CE Courses.”  This intermediate level level activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Connecticut Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Connecticut Counselors. The Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies confirm acceptance of this program as a qualifying continuing education activity if approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (Sec. 20-195cc-3). Please see social work CE statements for this program.

Delaware Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0 continuing education clock hours for Delaware Counselors. The Delaware Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals (Admin Code: Title 24: Chapter 30) confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling and approved by NAADAC. This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

District of Columbia (DC) Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 7.0 continuing education clock hours for DC Counselors. The District of Columbia Municipal Regulations for Professional Counseling (S.6612.3) confirm acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to counseling by organizations that have been approved by a counseling board in another state. PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 7.0 contact hours. 

Florida Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits. 



Elliott Connie, MA, LPC's Profile

Elliott Connie, MA, LPC Related seminars and products

Elliott Connie, MA, LPC, is a Texas-based psychotherapist in private practice and the founder/director of The Solution-Focused University, an online learning community that trains and provides resources for professionals who want to master the Solution Focused approach in their work.

Over the course of his 15-year clinical career, Elliott has successfully worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and families using a solution-focused model to help them achieve their desired outcomes. He is an experienced speaker who has gained international recognition for training hundreds of practitioners throughout the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia on the solution-focused treatment model.

Elliott is the author/co-author of four books, including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Clients Managing Trauma (Oxford University Press, 2018), The Solution Focused Marriage: 5 Simple Habits That Will Bring Out the Best in Your Relationship (The Connie Institute, 2012), Solution Building in Couples Therapy (Springer, 2012), and The Art of Solution Focused Therapy (Springer, 2009).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Elliott Connie is the founder and executive director of The Connie Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Elliott Connie has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose. 

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Program Information

Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a 70-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


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  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
  • Physicians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 20


Ronnie O

"Excellent presenter of material I will definitely utilize in my private practice!"

Ann T

"Excellent delivery with online live webinar, with frequent participation. Loved it!"


"Terrific presenter!! Would love to learn more!!"

QuaVaundra P

"Elliott was a very engaging and knowledgeable presenter."

Sonja H

"Great course. I took the entire course on line. Elliott was a great and energetic presenter!"

Leslie W

"What an amazing presentation. I have now joined Elliott's mailing list and plan to follow him more. I am very excited about utilizing more SFBT with my students."

Carrie R

"Elliot was engaging and very informative. He seems to be an amazing therapist! The number of audience questions was a bit overwhelming to me, and it took a lot of time to address them all thoroughly. "

Yolanda G

"This was a wonderful online seminar! The presenter was engaging, and the tools he discussed are practical. Thank you!"

Allison R

"Delightful, informative and very useful course. Elliot Connie was excellent."

Lynda B

"Excellent speaker. Very organized and easy to listen to. "

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