Foundations of Solution-Focused Practice Online Intensive

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Course Overview

This course provides an intensive investigation of the foundational knowledge, training and practice in the Solution-Focused approach. The course reviews history of the evolution of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, the philosophical underpinnings and major tenets of the approach, the core therapeutic elements of this approach, the applications of the approach to different settings, populations, and presenting problems, and reviews current empirical evidence supporting it.

Course Format

This course is an online, asynchronous text and lecture-based course with exam.

Learning Objectives

The specific Learning Objectives of the course are as follows. After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Recall the history of the development of the Solution-Focused approach;
  • Recall the philosophical underpinnings and major tenets of the Solution-Focused approach;
  • Describe principles of solution development and how this differs from problem solving;
  • Describe solution-focused skills that enhance engagement and the therapeutic alliance
  • Illustrate skills that facilitate the negotiation of goals and how to maintain a solution- focused conversation while gathering required clinical information.
  • Apply solution-focused practices to different settings, populations, and presenting problems;
  • Recall the current empirical evidence supporting different solution-focused practices.

Course Assessment

There will be 10 section exams, consisting of 15-item multiple-choice which is designed to assess your understanding and ability to apply the course material. You must receive at least 80% on each exam to pass each section. You may take the exam multiple times until you pass the exam. You must complete each section and each exam sequentially to pass the course.

Course Certificate of Completion

After you have completed all of the sections, passed each of the section exams, and completed the course evaluation, you will receive your certificate of completion for the course. You will be able to save the certificate as a PDF file, from which you will also be able to print it.

Continuing Education Credit/Clock Hours 

19.5 CE Credit/Clock Hours are available for this course.

Course Cost

$495.00 US. The required textbook is included with the price of this course:  Lutz, Anne B. (2014). Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide. American Psychiatric Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58562-452-2 (First Edition). The text itself has links to 30 clinical demonstration video vignettes, in addition to the demonstration videos embedded in the course lectures. 

(Once enrolled, you may begin your course at any time and there is no time limit to completion; the course does not expire)

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Continuing Education

The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 19.5 CE Credits or Clock hours are available for this course.

The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7049. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program is approved for 19.5 NBCC Clock hours.

This course is approved for 19.5 credit hours by the National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts Chapter. NASW-MA Approval #: D 90095

To receive continuing education hours, the student must:

  • Enroll in the course;
  • Read the learning content;
  • Watch the entire online lecture;
  • Complete the course exam, and receive a passing grade of 80%.;
  • Complete the course evaluation

Upon successful completion of the course, the student may download and print his or her Certificate of Completion.

 Instructors/Authors

Anne Bodmer Lutz, B.S.N., M.D. is the Director of the Institute for Solution Focused Therapy. She was trained by the founders of Solution-Focused Brief therapy, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. She is a board-certified adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester MA, and was a nurse before becoming a physician. Anne currently practices as a child and family psychiatrist  at Doctor Franklin Perkins School and has a private practice in West Boylston Massachusetts where she integrates solution-focused practices in her treatment of children and families. She provides direct clinical supervision, teaching, and training to medical students and psychiatric residents, workshops for community-based treatment organizations, agency based training and coaching in Solution-Focused Therapy. She has worked for many years integrating solution-focused practices in community mental health, residential treatment and with adolescents and families coping with substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Anne is the author of Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide (2014, American Psychiatric Press) which includes over 30 videos and many case examples focusing on “how to” implement this approach, along with numerous articles, and chapters in books. She received a Massachusetts Course of Distinction award in 2016 for online and blended learning course entitled “Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice.”

Terry S. Trepper, Ph.D. is Research Advisor and Author at the Institute for Solution Focused Therapy.  His scholarly and training interests include the evidence-basis of solution-focused therapy, systemic and solution-focused approaches to treating substance abuse, and positive psychology. Terry was the Editor of the Journal of Family Psychotherapy from 1990 to 2016. He is the co-editor of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: A Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice (with Cynthia Franklin, Wallace Gingerich, and Eric McCollum) Oxford University Press; co-author of More than Miracles: The State of the Art in Solution-Focused Therapy (with Steve de Shazer, Yvonne Dolan, Harry Korman, Eric McCollum, and Insoo Berg); co-author (with Mary Jo Barrett) of Systemic Treatment of Incest: A Therapeutic Handbook, published by Brunner/Routledge; Treating Incest: A Multiple Systems Perspective, published by Haworth Press; 101 Interventions in Family Therapy (with Thorana Nelson), published by Haworth Press, 1993, 101 MoreInterventions in Family Therapy (1995); and Family Solutions for Substance Abuse (with Eric McCollum) published by Haworth Press, 2001. Terry has been actively involved in the area of computer-assisted instruction and online teaching research and pedagogy since 1975.

Yvonne Dolan, MA, is the Director Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy, and has been training mental health and medical professionals in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy since 1991. She is a co-founder (with Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg) of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA), and Co-Founder of the International Alliance of Solution-Focused Training Institutes (IASTI). She has authored/co-authored six books (translated into nine languages) and numerous articles and chapters on the SF approach, and has conducted seminars in solution-focused treatment of trauma in 23 countries.

Yvonne’s authored or co-authored books include: A Path with a Heart: Ericksonian Utilization with Resistant and Chronic Clients. (1985, Brunner/Mazel); Resolving Sexual Abuse: Solution-Focused Therapy and Ericksonian Hypnosis for Adult Survivors. (1991, W.W. Norton. Translations in French in German); One Small Step: Moving Beyond Trauma and Therapy to a Life of Joy. (1998, Papier Mache Press, Translations in Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Dutch, Finnish, in German); Tales of Solutions :A Collection of Hope Inspiring Stories. (2001, Norton. Translated into French); Solution-focused  Brief Therapy: It’s Effective Use  in Agency Settings (2003, Routledge Press. Translated into French and Chinese); More than Miracles: the State of the Art of Solution-focused Brief Therapy (2007, Routledge Press. Translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Dutch).

Anne Bodmer Lutz, MD indicates that she has no conflicts of interest associated with this course.

Terry S. Trepper, PhD indicates that he has no conflicts of interest associated with this course.

Yvonne M. Dolan, MA, indicates that she has no conflicts of interest associated with this course.