Solution Focused Therapy Online Training

The Institute for Solution Focused Therapy is pleased to offer state-of-the-art training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and related practices. Our courses are designed for practicing professionals in the mental health, social services, education, and health care disciplines. We plan to offer an ever-expanding array of courses that will meet the training and continuing education needs of practitioners in these disciplines.

Our online courses have several unique features:

  • Our courses are developed and taught by prominent SFBT leaders and researchers.
  • The courses are offered online, in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, designed to accommodate students from all over the world.
  • The Institute’s courses are derived from and reflect the most current advances in the evidence-based version of the Solution-Focused approach.
  • Our instructors were directly trained and supervised by original SFBT developers de Shazer and Berg with whom they taught and collaborated for many years.
  • Our instructors have conducted training in 22 countries over the past 30 years.


Here is the list of our current courses. Check back often as we will be adding more courses in the near future. Please click on the course you are interested in for complete information.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: An Introduction to the Pragmatics of Hope 

Self-paced, online, article and lecture with exam. Coming Fall 2020

An introduction to the field of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, this is an online, asynchronous, text-based course. Areas covered include SFBT’s history, major tenets, basic and specific interventions, and its evidence-base. Click below for more information.

For Psychologists & Counselors
For Social Workers

Solution-Focused Therapy for the Treatment of Trauma

Self-paced, online, article and lecture with exam. Coming Fall 2020

An application of Solution-Focused Therapy to the treatment of trauma with an emphasis on PTSD, this online asynchronous, text and lecture-based course includes the application of SFBT tenets and interventions to trauma treatment, and its evidence-base. Click below for more information.

For Psychologists & Counselors
For Social Workers

Solution-Focused Mental Performance Counseling: Practical Techniques for Athletes, Students, Musicians and Others

Self-paced, online, article and demonstration with exam. Coming Fall 2020

An application of evidenced-based Solution-Focused Therapy to Mental Performance Counseling, this course offers a framework and practical techniques that can be readily applied to real-life mental performance counseling settings. Click below for more information.

For Psychologists & Counselors
For Social Workers

Foundations of Solution-Focused Practices Online Intensive

Self-paced, online, with video lectures, textbook readings, case studies, other readings, with section exams. Coming Fall 2020

An in-depth examination of the history, philosophy, tenets, practices, applications, and research of solution-focused practices. This course provides an intensive investigation of the foundational knowledge, training, and practice in the Solution-Focused approach. Based on the standards set forth by the International Association of Solution-Focused Training institutes (IASTI), the course reviews the 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.

Level 1: Solution-Focused Practitioner Certification Course

Live, online with lectures, interactive demonstrations, breakout-room practice, readings, with exam. Coming Winter 2021

Pre-requisite:  Having been accepted into the Level 1 Solution-Focused Certification Program.

An opportunity to practice the core solution-focused skills. This course provides ten – 90 minute bi-monthly group sessions with live interactive teaching. There will be required personal and professional training practice exercises, case presentations, role-plays, and a final “cap stone” presentation demonstrating how each student has applied solution-focused skills in their area of practice.

Continuing education information will be provided for each course when the courses are officially launched in Fall 2020

If a live program must be cancelled 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 in order to receive a refund, minus a 20%  administrative fee.

If in the unlikely event a self-paced, asynchronous online course is canceled or removed after a student has enrolled but before the student received his or her certificate of completion, a full refund for the course will be given to the student.

All courses offered by the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy are offered in English, and it is assumed that students enrolling in courses are proficient in the English language.

To be accepted into the Level 1 Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate Program, non-native English applicants must demonstrate a high level of written and spoken English proficiency. More information about this requirement will be given on the application for that certificate program.

All courses offered by the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy require a moderate professional level of computer proficiency.  All courses require high-speed internet with reliable access. While the Institute’s online courses can be taken using a tablet or other large-screen mobile devices, the educational experience will be enhanced by taking the courses on a desktop or laptop computer.

A registrant who is dissatisfied with any aspect of a course may contact the Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Anne Bodmer Lutz at  Every effort will be made to address the matter to the registrant’s satisfaction. If the registrant is not fully satisfied, a course refund will be provided. Please note that the Institute’s liability is limited to and cannot exceed the course registration fees.

All courses offered through the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy LLC are solely educational. The clinical, educational, social service or business consultative work performed by trainees/students is the trainee’s sole responsibility. The courses offered are not to be considered clinical supervision and are not intended to supplant the required degrees and certificates required to legally practice in a given jurisdiction. It is the responsibility of the trainee to obtain supervision, both clinical and administrative, from appropriate professionals. The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy LLC assumes no responsibility for the clinical, educational, social service, business consulting, or any other professional work of those professionals who received educational training from its staff. All responsibilities and liabilities rest with the professionals providing those services. The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy LLC’s liability does not extend beyond student course fees.