Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice  Online Blended Certificate Course
Date: Spring 2017 January 17 – May 12th, 2017
Framingham State University

Course number is CPSY 931 C1H

This course provides an introduction to foundational knowledge, training and practice in the Solution-Focused approach. The course reviews the evolution of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, the core therapeutic elements of this approach, current evidence supporting it, and delineates this approach from other therapeutic models.

The class is taught in a blended “hybrid” format that includes 3 in-person class days and 14 classes using a web-based program called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Synchronous interactive online lectures, videos, practice exercises, role-plays, professional diaries, and other learning activities, including selected readings and quizzes, are used. Students who successfully complete the course will be Eligible for Level 1 Solution-Focused Practitioner Certification in Solution-Focused practices.

Weekly online activities will include a combination of a synchronous interactive lecture, practice exercises, video demonstrations and discussion of the week’s reading. There will be a “Guest Expert” lecture series in which several guest experts from around the world will talk about applications of solution-focused therapy. Weekly homework will include a combination of readings, personal and professional practice training activities, and techniques learned in class will be practiced during working hours. All synchronous and face-to-face classes will be recorded for reference if needed.

This course received a  Course of Distinction Award in 2016 through the  Massachusetts College Online (MCO) recognizing it as a model for an online and blended learning course in Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice.
Cost: $1,170
Date: Spring 2017 January 17 – May 12 th , 2017
Face to Face meetings: 1/21/17; 2/18/17; 5/6/17 (all from 10-2pm)
Synchronous sessions will be held every Thursday from 7-9pm.

Below are the registration steps for Framingham State University. If you have any difficulties with this process please contact Dr. Deborah McMakin at

Registration steps

1. You can “quick admit” by going to the following link: and select “ I am registering for my first course  at FSU and am not enrolled in a program”
A second line of text appears with the link “registration system” which will then allow you to quick admit into the Spring 2017 semester.