The most effective way for behavioral health organization staff to learn solution-focused professional skills is to have intensive guided practice. This course is designed to provide practical skills and opportunities to practice the core solution-focused skills under the guidance of a master solution-focused practitioner and trainer. This course provides an additive live-interactive learning dimension to our self-paced behavioral health course offerings. It also provides practical skills and opportunities to practice the core solution-focused skills. The course includes six bi-monthly group sessions (two hours each, 12 hours total) with live interactive teaching, personal and professional training practice exercises, case presentations, role-plays, and an optional final presentation from participants demonstrating how they have applied solution-focused skills in their unique area of practice.
This course will be taken along with the online, self-paced Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: an Introduction to the Pragmatics of Change.
- Describe solution-focused skills that enhance engagement and the therapeutic alliance
- Demonstrate fluency in core solution-focused questions
- Demonstrate the use of evidenced-based compliments
- Demonstrate how to discover and amplify positive differences/exceptions using solution-focused questions
- Illustrate fluency in building an emotional “yes-set”
- Illustrate building a shared dialect incorporating client and solution-focused language
- Illustrate the importance of a system’s perspective using VIPS by presenting oral examples
- Illustrate skills that facilitate the negotiation of goals and how to maintain a solution- focused conversation while gathering required clinical information.
- Summarize qualities of well-formed goals
- Explain ways scaling questions can be used to enhance goal negotiation including how to incorporate VIPs within scaling questions
- Apply skills to amplify scaling questions
- Integrate solution-focused safety questions within a case
- Apply solution-focused practices to work setting interactions or particular area of interest
Participants will be assessed in the following manner:
- Class Participation: Students are invited to clarify things they do not understand, pose questions, offer ideas, and broaden perspectives.
- Written Log/Journal: Participants are encouraged to keep a written log of practice exercises provided following each session and discussed at the subsequent session.
12 CE Credit/Clock Hours are available for this live course. To receive continuing education hours, the student must attend each live session, participate completely with all activities, and complete the course evaluation.
3 CE Credit/Clock Hours are available for the accompanying self-paced online course Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: An Introduction to the Pragmatics of Hope.
Once enrolled, you may begin your course at any time and it does not expire.
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