The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy

The Institute For Solution-Focused Therapy is a world premier solution-focused training institute. Our mission is to provide evidence-based, high-quality, and sustainable Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and associated practices to individual practitioners and staff within behavioral health organizations. We strive to make a positive difference by providing practical skills in a readily accessible online format that can be immediately applied with the clients you serve.

Our faculty includes a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist practicing this approach for over 25 years. We were personally trained by the original developers of the SFBT approach, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. We train internationally and continue developing courses designed to meet the needs of practicing clinicians. Dr. Anne Bodmer Lutz is the author of Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide, which includes numerous video demonstrations of this evidence-based approach.

We provide diverse and flexible online training choices, including customized hybrid program options that combine live-interactive synchronous experiences with self-paced remote learning components maximizing training effectiveness. We offer a broad range of courses, from introductory to advanced and ongoing enhancement programs. Most of our courses are eligible for continuing education credit.

Our transdisciplinary approach engages with many professional disciplines, including physicians, mental health practitioners, educators, para-professionals, nurses, child protection services, EAP organizations, the military, probation officers, crisis clinicians, and in-home therapy teams. 

Please explore our Online Self-Paced Training opportunities and Customized Staff Training options. If you have any questions about the Institute or want more information about training, please get in touch with us or email us at


The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy has brought together a course advisory board to ensure we continue publishing courses of the highest quality, research-informed, and clinically focused. We have assembled a racially diverse transdisciplinary board including physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and licensed mental health professionals from various cultures, genders, and ethnic backgrounds. Our clinicians work with diverse populations and have research, training, education, and clinical practice expertise. Psychologists, physicians, social workers, and licensed mental health professionals will have input into all decision-making and program-planning phases. The advisory board will provide feedback regarding program planning, areas where a conflict of interest might occur, and input regarding resolving participant complaints. 


Melanie Amir, MS, OTR/L, LADC I 

Auralyd Padilla Candelario, MD 

Betsy Cheyne, Psy.D. 

Penny Griffith, MSW 

Johnny Kim, Ph.D. 

Stephen Langer, Ph.D. 

Terri Philbrick, MSW 

Christiaan VanWoerden, MD

Institute Staff

Institute for Solution Focused Therapy, LLC

PO Box 15
Westminster MA 01473

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