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˜Your SFBT tip for January 2016:
It continues to be a term that comes up in so many client–professional relationships — the term "resistance." Although we hear from our members and participants the importance of looking at the relationship the client is offering you instead of labelling the client "resistant," the term seems to still hold strength with many other professionals. We aren't sure if this is due to a medical model stance that permeates so many workplaces or an inability to look at ones' own professional approach and honestly critique the therapeutic relationship. Regardless, we thought just as Steve de Shazer revisited his first article, The Death of Resistance (1979), with the article below, we could take a look and do the same, and reflect upon "cooperating" over "resisting." Enjoy!
"Helping people move from problem talk to solution
Happy New Year!
First, we want to wish you all a happy and wonderful New Year! We hope 2016 is full of new possibilities and solutions for you!
We are excited about the upcoming year. We have heard from so many of our members and participants about how they can keep up with their work load in these tough times, while still obtaining the training and skills they value to work with their clients and/or students effectively. As such, we are focusing our efforts on our online training and workshops.
In our 2016 training calendar, we will offer our level one and level two training exclusively through our e-learning environment. This means that April and June will be our last scheduled face-to-face opportunities for 2016.
We will also be launching our e-book this year! This has been a labour of love that we hope will give each of you a cost-effective, strength-based resource to use in your work with your clients and students. Stay tuned!
~Kelly and Denise
Solution-Focused Reference Materials...
There are so many great Solution-Focused books, articles, videos, and related materials, that we simply can't keep up! We have started to list some of our favourites on our website at www.solutiontalk.ca. We would
love our members to add to our community list. Please email us at email@example.com
to give us your thoughts on what should be included.
One of our favourite books is Tales of solutions. A collection of hope-
inspiring stories. By Insoo Kim Berg and Yvonne Dolan (2001). Just as the title suggests, this book is a wonderful read that inspires the continued practice of SFBT. Enjoy!
Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that your strengths lie.
We are adding to our virtual "library" and Solution–Focused interest groups and individuals through Facebook. We hope to "see" you there!
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at all levels of experience and licensure to explore or gain a better working knowledge of solution-focused brief therapy. Participants will receive 10 continuing education credits for each face-to-face and online workshop.
Solution-Focused Workshops are pre-approved
with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association
All face–to–face and online workshops are eligible for
Continuing Education credits.
Online Workshop Schedule:
Level One (E-Learning): Introduction to Solution Focused Strategies, is divided into four lessons:
E-Learning — Level 1: Introduction to Solution-Focused Strategies
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN — 4–weeks of online lessons to gain the content and practical information to practice SFBT. Participants must complete all course requirements and a quiz at the end of the course in order to be granted a certificate of completion. Upon successful course completion, participants will receive 10 Continuing Education Hours (ASWB - Category A).
- Lesson One: Overview and Origins of the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Model
- Lesson Two: Core Components of the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Model
- Lesson Three: Solution Focused Counselling Relationships and Practice
- Lesson Four: Application of Solution Focused Principles to Practice
- February 10, 2016
- March 23, 2016
- May 4, 2016
Face to Face Workshop Schedule:
Level 1: Introduction to Solution Focused
This workshop serves as an introduction for participants to the Solution Focused Brief Therapy model. The SFBT model is useful for a wide range of a wide range of problems and with all age groups. Participants will learn: An overview of SFBT, origins of the SFBT model, key principles and assumptions underlying the model, techniques, core components, interventions, and procedures, and how to conduct a solution-focused interview. Participants will have the opportunity to practice solution-focused interviewing skills such as goal-setting, scaling questions, and various interventions. Participants must take Level 1 prior to taking other workshops.
10 Continuing Education Hours (ASWB – Category A).
April 26-27, 2016
June 7-8, 2016
Level 2: Advanced Solution Focused
This advanced workshop provides participants with a more robust understanding of the SFBT model. Participants will learn: A deeper understanding of the influence of language and focus on client strength, new perspectives on the concept of client resistance, insight into the works of founder Steve de Shazer and the influence of Milton Erickson, skills to find the "hidden customer" with difficult or mandated clients, knowledge about the difference between problem–solving vs. solution building interviewing, detailed information on first session, subsequent sessions, and goal setting, an enhanced understanding of the miracle question, its importance, and response strategies, information about what critics say about the model and the academic research that backs SFBT as an effective model of change.
10 Continuing Education Hours (ASWB – Category A).
April 28-29, 2016
June 9-10, 2016
If you have a disability that may impede your ability to complete this course effectively, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can best support your learning experience.
Cancellation policy and Deadlines for Registration:
The deadline for course registration is 2 days prior to course commencement. Please check our website at www.solutiontalk.ca for course start dates. Solution Talk Ltd. reserves the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances or low enrollment. Liability is limited to a refund for workshop fees only. Fees are for tuition only. Once received or charged, payments are final and non-refundable. You may transfer your tuition to another workshop or to a colleague. Each participant cancellation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Any concerns or grievances can be directed to the instructor of the course or to the directors at email@example.com
Participants are required to complete all hours of each workshop and complete all course requirements in order to receive certificates. The certificates will be awarded at the end of each workshop. For more information on all of our course learning objectives, instructors, and other Solution Talk information, please visit our website at
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Solution Talk Ltd. (provider #1364) is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards. www.aswb.org. ASWB Approval Period: 06/25/2015 – 06/25/2016. Solution Talk Ltd. maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 10 continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.
Kelly Ainslie & Denise Davies