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

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. 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.

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

Pricing: $1199.00 for the course

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

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Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice  Online Blended Certificate Course

Date: Spring 2017 January 17 – May 12th, 2017

Framingham State University

This course provides an introduction to foundational knowledge, training and practice in the Solution-Focused approach. The course reviews the evolution of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, the core therapeutic elements of this approach, current evidence supporting it, and delineates this approach from other therapeutic models. The class is taught in a blended “hybrid” format that includes 3 in-person class days and 14 classes using a web-based program called Blackboard Collaborate. Synchronous online lectures, videos, practice exercises, role-plays, professional diaries, and other learning activities, including selected readings and quizzes, are used. Students who successfully complete the course will be Eligible for Level 1 Solution-Focused Practitioner Certification in Solution-Focused practices. Weekly online activities will include a combination of a virtual lecture, practice exercises, video demonstrations and discussion of the week’s reading. There will be a “Guest Expert” lecture series in which  several guest experts from around the world will talk about applications of solution-focused therapy.  Weekly homework will include a combination of readings, personal and professional practice training activities, and techniques learned in class will be practiced during working hours. All synchronous and face-to-face classes will be recorded for reference if needed

Face to Face meetings: 1/21/17; 2/18/17; 5/6/17 (all from 10-2pm)
Synchronous sessions will be held every Thursday from 7-9pm.

Cost: $1,170
This course received a  Course of Distinction Award in 2016 through the  Massachusetts College Online (MCO) recognizing it as a model for an online and blended learning course in Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice.

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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.

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

Types of Trainings  that have been provided by the Institute

  1. Foundations of Solution-Focused Therapy
  2. Solution-Focused Therapy with Children and Families
  3. Solution-Focused Brief therapy for substance abuse disorders
  4. Reaching the unreachable adolescent: Solution-focused approaches to enhance engagement
  5. Solution-focused therapy for couples
  6. Solution-Focused Supervision
  7. An Introduction to Evidenced-based solution-focused interviewing
  8. Solution focused approaches in the treatment of trauma
  9. Solution Focused Academic Advising
  10. Solution-focused brief therapy in schools – the WOWW approach
  11. Solution-focused brief therapy for mandated/externally motivated clients
  12. Solution-focused conversations in the medical interview: a patient-centered approach
  13. Solution-focused brief therapy in the psychopharmacology visit
  14. Solution-focused therapy in the group setting
  15. Solution-focused consultation
  16. Solution-focused approaches in the classroom
  17. Solution-focused conversations to build and enhance client engagement