A Language of Hope:
Fundamentals of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for Multi-stressed Youth and Families

June 27th and June 28th, 2019
Location: Doctor Franklin Perkins School, 971 Main St., Lancaster MA 01523

Hosted by Perkins

Course Description:

Educators, school counselors, nurses, and mental health professionals have ever increasing demands, limited time and tremendous responsibility. Adding to these challenges is the impact of childhood stress and trauma and difficulties engaging with youth and their families. Left unaddressed this may lead youth to experience academic decline, alienation from peers, family conflict and worsening clinical conditions.

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Many stressed and anxious children experience brief symptoms of depression, anxiety or developmental regression but return to baseline quickly, whereas others suffer long-standing PTSD. The cause of this diversity of outcomes is not fully understood. The growing field of developmental traumatology suggests that differential outcomes occur in part because of risk and resilience factors in the child and environmental factors. A crucial role for clinicians and educators is the identification and promotion of resilience factors. Stress and trauma research has traditionally focused on the negative sequelae of adversity. Solution-focused brief therapy is a competency-based approach that minimizes emphasis on past problems and failings and instead focuses on the client’s preferred future, competencies, prior successes, and goals. This approach of treatment is in accordance with the positive psychology movement that emphasizes well-being and optimal functioning instead of pathology and etiology. Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a short-term evidence-based treatment intervention that focuses on creating solutions to one’s problems.

Solution-focused approaches are brief, pragmatic and highly effective interventions that are ideal to enhance engagement and promote resilience factors in multi-stressed youth and families.

This workshop will provide you with a fundamental understanding of solution-focused brief therapy techniques, practical methods that can be implemented immediately in the counseling session, in the classroom, and with parents.

There will be opportunities to practice solution-focused skills through role plays, lively discussions, and video case examples. Leave with practical “how to” skills that you can immediately use with the clients you serve.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  • Describe solution-focused therapy and how this differs from a problem-focused perspective.
  • Demonstrate solution-focused skills that assist in engaging with children and families
  • List and demonstrate specific Solution-focused interventions that address stress and anxiety in multi-stressed youth and families
  • Describe several types of solution-focused scaling questions that enhance hope
  • Describe how to remain solution-focused in follow-up sessions

Registration Fee: $375.00 and includes breakfast and lunch.

Anne Lutz, M.D. is the Director of Training for the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy, a board-certified adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and author of Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide, published by the American Psychiatric Association Press.

Dr. Lutz is an assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester MA, and a Child and Family Psychiatrist at Doctor Franklin Perkins School. She provides direct clinical supervision, teaching, and training to psychiatric residents and workshops for community-based treatment organizations. Dr. Lutz has worked in community mental health agencies integrating solution focused approaches within these treatment settings. She currently has a private practice in West Boylston where she sees children and families; providing solution-focused psychiatric treatment.

Register: On-Line at www.solutionfocused.net

Or call to register: Contact person is Tracy Tallman at is 978-368-6401, and her email address is ttallman@perkinschool.org

Cancellation and Refund: If the program must be canceled for any reason, an alternative date will be selected. If the program cannot be rescheduled, a full refund will be issued. If a registrant must cancel, he or she must cancel at least seven (7) business days before the event to receive a refund (minus a 20% administrative fee), or a substitute participant may attend instead. Please call 978-368-6401 to cancel and/or register a substitute attendee.

Grievance Procedure: A registrant who is dissatisfied with any aspect of a training program may contact Tracy Tallman at 978-368-6401. Every effort will be made to address the matter to the registrant’s satisfaction.

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