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Certified Solution Focused Therapist / Practitioner

About Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

The Solution Focused Approach is a positive solution building model that was developed by Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and their colleagues at the Brief Family Therapy Centre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA in the early 1980s. The model encourages the development of effective behavioural management, to adopt a positive stance in which energy is directed towards finding satisfactory ways forward rather than focusing on what is going wrong in a given situation.

Simply put, it is to work on what works and stop doing what doesn’t. Empowerment comes with seeing life from the future, rather than from the past. Solution Focused Approach provides enriched patterns of thinking that develop from the natural abilities we have within us. These programs provide students with laser and specific interventions that create the foundation for becoming a masterful therapist or practitioner.


By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Understand the background of solution focused approach
  • An ability to engage and maintain good relationship with clients
  • An ability to establish and work in the direction of their clients’ goals
  • An ability to maintain a solution-focused stance over a period of time

Certification Information

The whole certification programme is modeled after a similar programme that is offered by the U of Toronto. (Website: www.utoronto.ca/facsocwk/conted.html). The first module, principles of solution focused approach provides a foundation for understanding the philosophy and techniques of the model. There will be two case presentation modules that require participants to demonstrate their ability to conduct solutions focused therapy.

Participants are also required to do four other intermediate modules which provide opportunities to expand SF practice to a wide variety of client situations. This training fulfills the educational requirements for the certified solution focused therapist/practitioner (CSFT/P) specialty designations granted by the Canadian Council of Professional Certification. (website: www.ccpcprofessionals.com) The designation requires a full degree, full membership in a recognized professional association and a supervision component.

All participants must undergo a minimum of 10 one-hour supervision, or equivalent amount of time if conducted in a small group format with an approved supervisor with the Canadian Council of Professional Certification.

Assessment Criteria

  • Attained minimum 90% attendance plus 2 Field Case Presentations
  • Assessed by the BRIEF Academy and Associate Examiner, to have acquired the skills to conduct a Solution Building Interview (during the Field Case Presentation II).
  • Completed the required hours of supervision endorsed by the BRIEF Academy and recognised by CCPC.
  • Passed the final case study/project presentation.

Course Structure

The seven modules will be held over 14 days between February till August 2014. The times of the workshops are 9.00 am till 5.00 pm.

Overview Of Modules

Module SF101: Principles of Solution Focused Approach
(13 & 14 February 2014)

You will learn about the Theoretical background of the Solution-Focused Approach; Assumptions, Philosophy and Principles of Solution Focused Approach; Skills and techniques in conducting solution focused interviews: Miracle Question, Exceptions finding Question, Scaling Question, Formulating feedback and tasks; Protocol of Solution Focused Approach.

Module SF201: Solution Focused with Reluctant and Mandated Clients
(13 & 14 March 2014)

You will learn about Getting started with reluctant and mandated clients; Responding to anger and negativity; Paying attention to who and what is important for the clients; Addressing the context using relationship questions; Incorporating requirements that are non-negotiable.

Module SF202: Solution Focused Approach and other Post Modernism Approach
(17 & 18 July 2014)

You will learn about the place of Solution-focused ideas in post modernism; Comparing Solution-focused approach with other post modernism approaches; Differences and similarities of Solution-focused approach with other post modernism approaches; Making Solution-focused approach more effective and powerful in working with clients.

Module SF301: Field Case Presentation I
(15 & 16 May 2014)

You will have Personal therapy and Project work. Participant has to present one video or audio-taped therapy session with minimum 20 minutes transcripts demonstrating their competency and application of the solution-focused approach for assessment.

Module SF203: Solution Focused Approach in the Singapore Agency Setting
(16 & 17 April 2014)

You will learn about using Solution-focused approach in Singapore social service agencies; Implementing Solution-focused ideas in working with the diverse clientele groups; Implementing Solution-focused ideas in supervision; Respecting the boundaries and issues facing social service agencies in a Solution-focused approach. This module will also cover different issues that clients faced and how the solution focused approach could be used to help these clients.

Module SF205: Solution Focused Approach with Groups
(19 & 20 June 2014)

You will learn about Enlisting cooperation from the group; Developing well-formed and meaningful goals; Role of group leaders in using solution focused ideas; Using the various questioning techniques in group .

Module SF303: Capstone Field Case Presentation II
(19 & 20 August 2014)

This is the final assessment on conducting solution focused interviews. Participant has to present one video or audio-taped therapy session with a minimum 30 minutes transcripts including a microanalysis demonstrating their competency and application of solution-focused approach for assessment.

Module SF206: Working on What Works
Classroom Management (Upon request)

WOWW stands for Working on What Works! WOWW is an innovative program designed by Insoo Kim Berg and Lee Shilts to enhance the quality of education in the classroom. The major methodology behind this approach is derived from the work on Solution-Building Practices. This was first used in a middle school in Florida with much success and soon other school started to also use the WOWW program to reduce challenges and helped teachers cope with classroom management. WOWW responds to the needs of teachers to find workable teaching activities that are based on respectful and collaborative approaches between student and teacher. It utilises what is already in the classroom without disrupting usual classroom procedures and without singling out the problem child.

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