Inspirational Blog2021-05-21T21:10:21+00:00


In The Wake of Tragedy

  Erin Sepe Several years ago I was substituting, for a day, in a kindergarten classroom when the school practiced a “code red” drill. I found myself, with 20 five-years-olds, huddled under the desk, lights off, shades drawn, and classroom door locked. Part of the drill includes the principal walking down the halls and checking Read More >


“BUT NOW IT’S COOL TO SEE THAT MY PARENTS ARE PROUD OF ME!:” A SPARKLING MOMENT INTERVIEW  James G. McCullagh             In the spring of 2017 one of the assignments at the end of the semester in Dr. Anne Lutz’s Solution-Focused Fundamentals course[1] was to present on a topic that had inspired each of us.  Read More >

A Language of Hope: The Top Ten Solution-Focused Translations

  Anne Bodmer Lutz, B.S.N., M.D. Human beings are unique in two ways – we are tool-bearing and talkative. This ability to talk provides us with opportunities to communicate with others. Some conversations enhance possibility, while others diminish it. When possibility is enhanced, we have self-agency – a sense that we can take the necessary Read More >

Anxiety in Youth: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Approaches that Produce Results

Anne Bodmer Lutz, B.S.N., M.D. Anxiety is a common occurrence for children and adolescents with lifetime prevalence rates ranging from 2.6% to 20%. Children and adolescents coping with anxiety may experience lower achievement, difficulties with social and emotional functioning, depression, and substance use disorders. There are many examples of how anxiety presents with youth: school Read More >

Inspirations from our Summer Intensive Certificate Program

After attending the Summer Intensive Certificate Program in Solution-Focused Therapy Principles and Practice, I feel a sense of possibility. I registered for the training hoping to gain skills and knowledge that I could integrate into my clinical practice. Having completed the program, I feel renewed and restored, both professionally and personally. The experience, knowledge, and Read More >

Lists, Nutrition, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

By Richard Kahn, Ph.D., MS, RD Specializing in Infants, Children, and Families | Facebook page is RichardKahnNutrition Solution-Focused brief therapists use lists. We make lists every time we keep track of positive exceptions or explore the details of exceptions, e.g., "is there anything or anyone else?” Lists are especially useful when applying SFBT in the Read More >

Tips for Talking with Teens: Solution-Focused Strategies in Schools

bY Sylvia True Head of High School Science and Technology Department Holliston High School, Holliston, MA We asked Dr. Anne Lutz to give our science department at Holliston High School a presentation on solution focused skills in schools. The goal was for the teachers to gain a basic understanding of solution focused techniques, and Read More >

Solution-Focused Inspirations for the Educator

By Terry S. Trepper, Ph.D.[1], and Yvonne M. Dolan, M.A.[2] Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) principles have been increasingly applied to areas beyond the traditional psychotherapy field. These areas include social work and case management, the medical professions, business and management consulting, and education. Because SFBT is an over-arching approach, it can be adapted to Read More >

 The Pragmatics of Hope: What to Do When All Seems Lost

by Yvonne Dolan Note: This article was originally published in The Psychotherapy Networker (2003) January/February issue and reprinted (2015)by The Psychotherapy Networker online. It was a completely full morning flight to Los Angeles. Despite the post 9-11 security procedures, our United Airlines flight was actually leaving on time. Everyone, Read More >

Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice Online Blended Certificate Course

This weeklong workshop is for you if you are in need of inspiration and hope in your work. Have an opportunity to practice solution focused skills through role plays, lively discussions and video case examples. Leave with practical “how to” skills that you can immediately use with the clients you serve. Additional benefits include caring for yourself while caring for others. Come get inspired and energized!

Who is this for: clinicians, social workers, psychologists, nurses, physicians, educators and nutritionists.


The "Solution-Focused Inspirations” newsletter is dedicated to the late Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. Our “Best Hope” for the newsletter is to continue to learn and inspire one another in the practice of Solution-Focused Therapy.

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