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Workshops 2016/2017 Schedule Spring 2016
Workshops, Consultations, & Coaching
Kelly Ainslie
Kelly Ainslie
Denise Davies
Denise Davies
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˜Your SFBT tip for Spring 2016:
In the medium of story-telling and poetry, we often find wonderful strengths for ourselves and our clients. In these words of wisdom, are often the quotes of others before us that remind us of the empowering use of language. Coert Visser has put together a short presentation in his blog of some of the SF quotes that many of us find meaningful.


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Welcome Spring!
With all of the lovely Spring weather and renewed growth after Winter, we were inspired to attend the Alberta Play Therapy Association (APTA) conference, Re-inspired: Resource Building in Expressive Arts Therapy with Jennie Newman and Carmen Richardson. We heard so many strength-based messages, and as we always find, it was empowering to combine our SFBT lens with the medium of art.

A few key points between SFBT and Expressive Arts that stuck with us:
  • Trust the client; trust their process
  • Look for the resource; ask "What else?" to build the resource
  • By taking control of the process, the client is no longer a bystander of the hurt; rather, he or she is taking action against the hurt.

~Kelly and Denise
Our E-Learning will be taking a small break after our May 2016 courses. We will start up again in the Fall! Please visit the website to register
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.

Naturally, to keep in line with our expressive arts experiences this month, we would like to encourage you to explore Carmen Richardson's new book, Expressive Arts Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents: A Four-Phase Model (2016). Carmen's voice in this book leads to an empowering stance of following the lead of the client, and gently tapping them on the shoulder to "notice." Although not a traditional SF resource, it is a testament to the flexibility of the approach and the fit with other strength-based views and approaches. Enjoy

Quote of the month for April 2016:
"What is in this particular person that needs to come alive and live in the room?"
~Carmen Richardson

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Solution-Focused Workshops are pre-approved with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). All workshops are eligible for Category A Continuing Education credits.
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:
  • May 4, 2016
E-Learning — Level 2: Advanced Solution-Focused Strategies  
Level Two (E-Learning): Advanced Solution Focused Strategies, is divided into four lessons:
  1. Lesson One: Use of Language, Application of the SFBT Model with Children, and the Influence of Steve de Shazer and Milton Erickson on SFBT
  2. Lesson Two: Meeting Clients Where They Are At: Problem Focused versus Solution Building
  3. Lesson Three: The Miracle Question in Depth and Response Strategies
  4. Lesson Four: Application to Crisis Situations and What Others say about the SFBT Model
REGISTRATIONS OPEN SOON — Participants MUST have completed level one to participate in Level 2: Advanced Solution–Focused Strategies. This course offers 4–weeks of online lessons to further develop and refine your SFBT practice. 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:
  • May 25, 2016
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.
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