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Solution-Focused Newsletter
Workshops 2015/2016 Schedule October 2015
Workshops, Consultations, & Coaching
Face-to-face and Online formats available.
Kelly Ainslie
Kelly Ainslie
Denise Davies
Denise Davies
Inspire & Motivate Change.
Brief & Effective Results!
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˜Your SFBT tip for October 2015:
Recently, we heard a colleague asking about how to manage arguments between family members or couples in session. Elliot Connie posted a YouTube clip describing an analogy of how he manages arguments between couples that we really appreciated. Enjoy! SFBT with Couples: Stopping Arguments in Session
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"Helping people move from problem talk to solution talk"
It is a beautiful time of the year to look around and notice all the changing colours, and then remember,

"Wait – I need my category A credits!"

Good news! Our Level One and Level Two workshops this month still have seats available! Please visit our website at to register today.

And of course, for those of you who are interested learning the SFBT approach at your own pace, our online courses offer the same great information AND you gain 10 hours of Category A credits.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

~ Kelly, Denise, and Lisa
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 We would love our members to add to our community list. Please email us at to give us your thoughts on what should be included.

To continue to encourage sharing resources, we decided to share in our newsletters books and articles that we have enjoyed. This month we would love to highlight a new SFBT book called Encounters with Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg , edited by Manfred Vogt, Ferdinand Wolf, Peter Sundman, and Heinrich N Dreesen (2015). In this book, Steve and Insoo are remembered fondly by some of their closest colleagues, as we are given a glimpse into how Steve and Insoo grew their foundational SFBT practice and inspired many others to do the same, and continue to inspire SFBT practitioners today.

" What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. "
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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We are thrilled to continue to offer workshops that are meaningful to our members. So... drop us a quick email and let us know how we can best support your training needs!
Audience: Youth care, mental health, social work, childrens' services, crisis intervention, group homes, residential treatment, probation officers, program administrators, domestic violence workers, nursing, psychology, group wilderness programs, instructors, criminal justice programs, teachers, and school principals at 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 (CCPA). All face–to–face and online workshops are eligible for Category A Continuing Education credits.
Group and student rates are now available. Please email us at to learn more.
Online Workshop Schedule:
E-Learning — Level 1: Introduction to Solution-Focused Strategies  
Level One (E-Learning): Introduction to Solution Focused Strategies, is divided into four lessons:
  1. Lesson One: Overview and Origins of the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Model
  2. Lesson Two: Core Components of the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Model
  3. Lesson Three: Solution Focused Counselling Relationships and Practice
  4. Lesson Four: Application of Solution Focused Principles to Practice
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).
Start dates:
  • November 4, 2015
  • January 6, 2016
  • February 10, 2016
  • March 23, 2016
  • May 4, 2016
Face to Face Workshop Schedule:
Level 1:  Introduction to Solution Focused Strategies  
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).
  • Calgary      October 20-21, 2015
  • Calgary      January 19-20, 2016
  • Calgary      April 26-27, 2016
  • Edmonton  June 7-8, 2016
Level 2: Advanced Solution Focused Strategies
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).
  • Calgary      October 22-23, 2015
  • Calgary      January 21-22, 2016
  • Calgary      April 28-29, 2016
  • Edmonton  June 9-10, 2016
If you have a disability that may impede your ability to complete this course effectively, please contact us at 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 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

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 or contact us at


Solution Talk Ltd. (provider #1364) is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards. 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
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