A Taste of Solution-Focused Skills and Practice For Agencies

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide a “taste” of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. It offers agencies an opportunity to be introduced to the approach and consider further training if interested. This course provides a 2-hour live interactive session with opportunities for participants to pose questions, clarify ideas, and broaden perspectives. This session follows the asynchronous 3-hour course: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: an introduction to the Pragmatics of Hope.

Course Format

A Taste of Solution-Focused Skills and Practice for Agencies is an online, live (synchronous), lecture-based course. Participants will have an opportunity to share questions building the participant’s knowledge and understanding in the solution-focused approach.

Learning Objectives

The specific Learning Objectives of the course are as follows. After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss SFBT as a significant paradigm shift in the field of mental health treatment;
  • Describe the major tenets underlying SFBT;
  • Recognize the major and specific SFBT interventions;

Course Assessment

Participants will be assessed in the following manner.

Class Participation: Discussions and participation invite participants to learn from one another. Participants are invited to clarify things they do not understand, pose questions, offer ideas, and broaden perspectives.

Course Certificate of Completion

After you have completed the course and completed the course evaluation, you will receive your certificate of completion. You will be able to save the certificate as a PDF file, from which you will also be able to print it.

Continuing Education Credit/Clock Hours

2 CE Credit/Clock Hours are available for this course

Course Cost

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

Continuing Education

Continuing Education credit information will be available when the course is launched. To receive continuing education hours, the student must attend each session, participate completely with all activities, and complete the course evaluation.


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 currently practices as a child and family psychiatrist  at Doctor Franklin Perkins School and 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 online and blended learning course entitled “Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice.”

Yvonne Dolan, MA, is the Director Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy, and has been training mental health and medical professionals in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy since 1991. She is a co-founder (with Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg) of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA), and Co-Founder of the International Alliance of Solution-Focused Training Institutes (IASTI). She has authored/co-authored six books (translated into nine languages) and numerous articles and chapters on the SF approach, and has conducted seminars in solution-focused treatment of trauma in 23 countries.

Yvonne’s authored or co-authored books include: A Path with a Heart: Ericksonian Utilization with Resistant and Chronic Clients. (1985, Brunner/Mazel); Resolving Sexual Abuse: Solution-Focused Therapy and Ericksonian Hypnosis for Adult Survivors. (1991, W.W. Norton. Translations in French in German); One Small Step: Moving Beyond Trauma and Therapy to a Life of Joy. (1998, Papier Mache Press, Translations in Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Dutch, Finnish, in German); Tales of Solutions :A Collection of Hope Inspiring Stories. (2001, Norton. Translated into French); Solution-focused  Brief Therapy: It’s Effective Use  in Agency Settings (2003, Routledge Press. Translated into French and Chinese); More than Miracles: the State of the Art of Solution-focused Brief Therapy (2007, Routledge Press. Translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Dutch).

Terry S. Trepper, Ph.D. is Research Advisor and Author at the Institute for Solution Focused Therapy.  His scholarly and training interests include the evidence-basis of solution-focused therapy, systemic and solution-focused approaches to treating substance abuse, and positive psychology. Terry was the Editor of the Journal of Family Psychotherapy from 1990 to 2016. He is the co-editor of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: A Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice (with Cynthia Franklin, Wallace Gingerich, and Eric McCollum) Oxford University Press; co-author of More than Miracles: The State of the Art in Solution-Focused Therapy (with Steve de Shazer, Yvonne Dolan, Harry Korman, Eric McCollum, and Insoo Berg); co-author (with Mary Jo Barrett) of Systemic Treatment of Incest: A Therapeutic Handbook, published by Brunner/Routledge; Treating Incest: A Multiple Systems Perspective, published by Haworth Press; 101 Interventions in Family Therapy (with Thorana Nelson), published by Haworth Press, 1993, 101 MoreInterventions in Family Therapy (1995); and Family Solutions for Substance Abuse (with Eric McCollum) published by Haworth Press, 2001. Terry has been actively involved in the area of computer-assisted instruction and online teaching research and pedagogy since 1975.

Yvonne M. Dolan, MA, indicates that she has no conflicts of interest associated with this course.

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

Terry S. Trepper, PhD indicates that he has no conflicts of interest associated with this course.