Supervision – Solution-Focused Skills and Practice for Agencies

supervision solution focused agencies course

Supervision – Solution-Focused Skills and Practice for Agencies

Live online course

12 CE Credit/Clock Hours

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The most effective way for behavioral health organization staff to learn solution-focused supervision and consultation is intensive guided practice. Clinical supervision and consultation are complex activities occurring in various settings and play an essential role in behavioral health organizations, yet are often the least investigated, discussed, and developed aspects of clinical training. Solution-focused supervision and consultation approaches are designed to construct a sense of competence and confidence among the supervisee and staff to improve client treatment outcomes.

This course provides practical skills and opportunities to apply solution-focused supervision and consultation in your professional setting. Under the guidance of a master solution-focused practitioner and trainer, this course will provide opportunities for staff to enhance their confidence in solution-focused supervision and consultation. This course offers an additive live-interactive learning dimension to our self-paced behavioral health course offerings. It also provides practical skills and opportunities to practice solution-focused skills in the context of supervision and consultation. The course includes six bi-monthly group sessions (two hours each, 12 hours total) with live interactive teaching, personal and professional training exercises, case presentations, demonstration videos, and role-play activities.

This course requires completing the Basic – Solution-Focused Skills and Practice for Agencies course.

Last Updated: June 2022

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

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe Solution-focused assumptions when working in the supervisory role.
  • Describe solution-focused tasks in the supervisory and consultant role.
  • Describe the three phases of solution-focused supervision.
  • Demonstrate solution-focused skills to activate the supervisee’s resources.
  • Demonstrate solution-focused skills to activate the supervisee’s resources within their unique social context and work setting.
  • Illustrate skills that facilitate goal negotiation with the supervisee and consultant.
  • Summarize client-focused supervision including presenting a case with a search for client-based solutions.
  • Integrate solution-focused feedback during supervision and consultation.
  • Apply solution-focused supervision and consultation to your work setting and particular area of practice.

Course Assessment

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.

Instructional/CE Hours

12 CE Credit/Clock Hours are available for this live course.

Continuing Education

12 CE Credit/Clock Hours are available for this live 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 certain that a specific course will be accepted toward their continuing education requirements.

To receive continuing education hours, the student must attend the entire online presentation, engage in all activities, and complete the course evaluation.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be given instructions on how to download and print their Certificates of Completion.

Policy Information

For More Information

Pricing varies according to agency needs. Please contact us and consider scheduling a pre-training agency consultation.

Instructors and Authors

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.

Want More Information about Arranging Live Synchronous Training for Your Agency Staff?

The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy provides customized staff training designed to address the unique needs and goals of mental health, human service, medical, and educational organizations. If you are interested in scheduling a time to discuss staff training options for your workplace, simply fill out and return this short form and our Director Dr. Anne Lutz will contact you to set up a Zoom consultation.

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