Summer Intensive Certificate Program in Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice

Date: 7/17/17 – 7/21/17

Place: Framingham State University, Framingham MA

Sponsored by Framingham State University

Please note that if you have any difficulties with registration, contact Anne Miller or call at 508-215-5837.

The Solution-Focused Summer Intensive provides a rigorous 5- day certificate program in Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice. Yvonne Dolan and  Anne Lutz invite you to visit Framingham State University, just 25 miles from Boston, providing a peaceful university close to Boston. This intensive will provide the fundamentals of the solution-focused approach, applications of this approach with substance use, trauma, schools, the medical setting, supervision/coaching and research in the field. The workshop will be taught using a combination of didactics, role-plays, ample video examples, exercises and case discussions. There will be plenty of opportunities to network, build relationships and have a forum to exchange and collaborate on ideas.

This workshop is for you if you are in need of inspiration and hope in your work.

  • Have an opportunity to practice skills that enhance engagement and hope through role plays and video case examples
  • Leave with practical “how to” skills that you can immediately use with the clients you serve
  • Learn solution focused skills that will help to engage youth who are “resistant” and difficult to engage in treatment
  • Learn skills to support and build confidence in parents
  • Learn skills to improve family relationships
  • Learn skills that will enhance connections and improve relationships in youth and families coping with substance use
  • If you are feeling frustrated and losing optimism in your work this is the workshop for you.
  • Learn strength based, solution focused practical strategies that uncovers and amplifies your clients resources, motivates them for treatment and engages them in moving forward in their life.

Come get inspired and energized!

You are invited to join us for an inspiring week long workshop!

There will be readings, videos and practice exercises provided outside of the training to fulfill  requirements for certification.

Pricing: (Not including accommodations): $1199.00 for the full week.

Early Bird Registration: $1099.00 if register prior to 4/1/17

CEU for summer intensive 2017

**This program has been approved for 33.75 Category I MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR.**

**This program has been approved for 33.75 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 — September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-199.**

**33.75 PDP’s are available for participants who successfully complete all 5 days of the training and demonstrate mastery in the fundamentals of solution-focused therapy based on class participation and completion of class assignments.**


Solution Focused Academic Advising:  A Tool to Promote Retention

Date: To be announced

Framingham State University

Academic advising has been identified as a key factor in student retention. Advising is often mandated to obtain permission to register for courses and/or progress through an academic major.  The nature of the advising is multifaceted; advisors often serve as counselors to students who need guidance for majors  and career decision- making and support to facilitate problem solving. The charge to develop rapport and an understanding of the student’s work-life balance in one session (15-20 minutes) can be daunting for both advisor and student. The advising role is especially significant when students face academic failure, inability to progress or a loss of status and identity relative to a major.

Given these challenges, a solution-focused approach to advising may be of benefit to the advisor and advisee. The solution-focused approach is a way of having a conversation that emphasizes strengths and what is going well , and provides an opportunity for the advisee and the advisor to visualize a positive outcome.  It is designed to construct a sense of competence and confidence.  This approach may be particularly beneficial with struggling and anxious students given its emphasis on increasing academic self-efficacy and self-regulated learning which can enhance executive functioning and foster grit.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the solution-focused approach and how to apply it in academic advising. Participants will be  asked to share their advising dilemmas and role-play using solution-focused tools. Handouts will provide suggested solution-focused approaches salient to advising. The workshop is designed so participants will be able to immediately apply the solution-focused strategies learned.