Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: An Introduction to Clinical Practice

Introduction to Clinical Practice Course SFBT

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: An Introduction to Clinical Practice

Text and lecture-based course with exam

5  CE Credit/Clock Hours


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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term goal-focused evidence-based therapeutic approach that helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than dwelling on problems. In the most basic sense, SFBT is a hope-friendly, positive emotion eliciting, future-oriented vehicle for formulating, motivating, achieving, and sustaining desired behavioral change. Because SFBT is based on resiliency and clients’ own previous solutions and exceptions to their own problems, it can be applied to virtually any problem, including family and couples, domestic violence, trauma, sexual abuse, substance abuse, and childhood and adolescent disorders. The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy has prepared an introductory course that reviews the state-of-the-art in SFBT in clinical practice, the origin and development of SFBT, SFBT evidence and research, SFBT major tenets, and key components of SFBT in clinical practice.

Last Updated: December  2022

Target Audience: Social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, educators, and medical professionals;  appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recall the historical roots and early history of SFBT (question #9)
  2. Contrast how SFBT is  a significant paradigm shift in the field of mental health treatment (question #10)
  3. Describe the major tenets underlying SFBT (question #11)
  4. Describe the overall clinical process of SFBT, including the role of the therapist, the solution-development process, and how solution-focused assessment differs from traditional assessment
  5. Examine  the major and specific SFBT interventions
  6. Summarize the evidence base for SFBT

This course consists of the following components. The program must be completed in order, and your certificate of completion will only be given once all components are complete.

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Written Material (PDF)
  3. Video Lecture
  4. Exam Instructions and Exam Preview
  5. Course Exam
  6. Course Evaluation
  7. Certificate of Completion

Course Assessment

There will be a 40-item multiple-choice test which is designed to assess your understanding and ability to apply the course material. You may take the exam multiple times until you pass the exam.

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. You will be able to save and print the certificate.

Continuing Education

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

Please see our Continuing Education Information page for information about CE credits and clock hours and our accreditations and approvals for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage & family therapists.

Students should check with their professional licensing boards to make sure that a specific course will be accepted toward their continuing education requirements.

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.

Policy Information

Once enrolled, you may begin your course at any time.

Our complete list of policies can be viewed here.

Instructor and Consultants

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 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 the online and blended learning course entitled “Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice.”

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

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