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Solution Focused Brief Therapy: An Evidence-Based Approach to Create Rapid, Sustainable Change with Any Client

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Would you like to see more progress in session? Have you found yourself stuck with certain clients, addressing the same problems and symptoms week after week? Would you like to see your clients transform themselves into the most positive, creative and motivated people they can be, regardless of presenting problem or diagnosis?

It’s time to incorporate Solution Focused Brief Therapy into your clinical toolbox!

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an evidence-based, straightforward, result-driven approach to therapy that helps clients become “unstuck” by drawing on their already existing resources and personal strengths. Through easy to learn, simple interventions and principles, SFBT offers you a whole new perspective of what therapy can do.

Join Elliott Connie, SFBT trainer, author and psychotherapist, as he walks you through the philosophical shift from problem to solution-oriented therapy that will completely change your practice. No tricks, no theoretical rhetoric that takes years to understand – just simple, practical, innovative strategies that will transform your clients’ relationship with their perceived problem.

In this dynamic, engaging seminar you’ll have the unique opportunity to share your thoughts, practice the skills, and even watch a SFBT session from start to finish so you’ll know exactly how to use it in your own office!

Breathe new life into your practice – sign up today!
  1. Utilize specific solution-focused strategies, including miracle and best-hopes questions to improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Compare the benefits of utilizing a solution-focused approach versus other evidence-based treatment models.
  3. Implement solution-focused interventions that shift the conversation from “problem talk” toward productive, solution-oriented talk.
  4. Assess the practical benefits and limitations of utilizing a solution-focused treatment approach with clients.
  5. Summarize the current research related to the efficacy of a solution-focused approach to treatment.
  6. Implement the structure and questions of the Solution Focused Approach with their clients in an ethical way.

What Distinguishes SFBT From Traditional Approaches
  • Key tenets, theory and evidence behind SFBT
  • How important is the problem?
  • Why assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning doesn’t guide treatment
  • ”The details drive the change”
  • The absence of symptomology v. the presence of what clients most desire
  • What are the two most important words in SFBT?
Intentional Questions: The Strength Behind SFBT
  • Reframe questions as invitations
  • How to build questions that:
    • Lead to meaningful answers
    • Create change that sticks
    • Harness your client’s strengths and resources
    • Immediately replace resistance with buy-in
    • Keep the client engaged throughout session
  • Core SFBT questions:
    • Desired Outcome: Discover what clients want to be different in their lives
    • Resource Talk: Activate the client’s strengths
    • Preferred Future: Elicit a detailed description of what the client wants
    • Scaling: Measure progress toward the desired outcomes
    • Coping Questions: Find positive resources even in difficult situations
Inside a SFBT Session: Innovative, Practical Strategies from Start to Finish
  • Opening the Session
    • Why your first few interactions are crucial
    • How to elicit hope right away
    • Key questions to instantly shift the client’s perspective
  • The Core of the Session
    • Working with one problem at a time
    • Strategies to build momentum toward the client’s hoped for future
    • Tolerating silence and using it as a valuable tool
    • What to do when the client is focused on problems and symptoms
    • Techniques to keep the client engaged and the session meaningful
  • Closing the Session
    • Specific strategies for effective session closure
    • Increase likelihood of between-session work
  • Video case examples: See each step in action!
SFBT Across Settings and Populations
  • School-based SFBT
  • Group therapy
  • Children, adolescents and families
  • Couples
  • Addictions, trauma and severe mental illness
  • Multicultural factors
  • Ethical considerations
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • School Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Elliott Connie, MA, LPC, is a Texas-based psychotherapist in private practice and the founder/director of The Solution-Focused University, an online learning community that trains and provides resources for professionals who want to master the Solution Focused approach in their work. Over the course of his 15-year clinical career, Elliott has successfully worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and families using a solution-focused model to help them achieve their desired outcomes. He is an experienced speaker who has gained international recognition for training hundreds of practitioners throughout the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia on the solution-focused treatment model. Elliott is the author/coauthor of four books, including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Clients Managing Trauma (Oxford University Press, 2018), The Solution-Focused Marriage: 5 Simple Habits That Will Bring Out the Best in Your Relationship (The Connie Institute, 2012), Solution Building in Couples Therapy (Springer, 2012), and The Art of Solution-Focused Therapy (Springer, 2009).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Elliott Connie is the founder and executive director of The Connie Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Elliott Connie has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Colorado Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This course has been approved for 6.3 continuing education hours.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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