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Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Paul Grantham – 14 CPD Hours

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Solution Focused Brief Therapy offers at least an enhancement to existing therapeutic approaches and at best an alternative to other evidence based therapies. It utilises process techniques that predate CBT but which the latter has begun to embrace, whilst sharing a great deal with both Systemic and Client Centred approaches. This course gives you an in-depth introduction to this effective approach.

Can be taken as an individual two-day course or as a part of a Certificate in Resource Based Therapies (3 modules/5 days training) approved by the BPS.

This evidence-based two-day course is designed to provide you with the highest possible standard of training, a solid grounding in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and enable you to make immediate use of your learning on return to your workplace. It is invaluable in a range of health care and social services environments across the age span.

What you will take away from the course:

  • An understanding of the principles and techniques contained within Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • A toolbox of simple but effective strategies and tips for working more successfully with your clients, no matter how difficult or stuck they are
  • An approach for dealing with increasing work pressures more productively
  • Discover how “brief” doesn’t have to mean “superficial” or “second rate”, but can mean “better and more effective”
  • New insights into your clients and into solutions to their problems. Understand what “client centred” really means
  • Techniques to prevent client dependency
  • Increased confidence for working with your most complex and difficult clients

Why you cannot afford to miss this course:

  • Learn how complex multiple problems don’t need lengthy complex solutions
  • Effect change in behaviour, thoughts and feelings with only 1-4 contacts… even with very “stuck” clients
  • Identify your most challenging clients’ personal strengths and resources
  • Discover how to be optimistic and motivated with your most difficult clients
  • Learn how to be brief when you were trained to be deep and spot complex causes and needs
  • Extensive real case illustrations
  • Video demonstrations of techniques
  • Case consultation with lots of opportunities to address delegates’ difficulties with clients

FAQ about this course:

  • Do I need prior knowledge of Solution Focused Brief Therapy?
    No prior knowledge is required. However, a background in a “helping profession” working within a defined model of practice is desirable but not essential.
  • How will I know if Brief Solution Therapy will work with my clients? They are very unmotivated/ damaged/cognitively impaired.
    The evidence base for Brief Solution Therapy is now very extensive and one of its key strengths is that it does not require the client to even agree they have a problem in order for the approach to be used. The only requirement is that the client is able and willing to communicate with you in some way. The approach has been used with those identified as offenders, those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and those with severe enduring mental health problems – amongst many others
  • I’m not a Brief Solution Focused Therapist. I’m a CBT Therapist/Client Centred Therapist/ Exploratory Psychotherapist/Group Therapist. Is this course any use to me?
    Yes! There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, Brief Solution has often been described as a non-theoretical approach. Without going into further detail here, you are likely to find that many of its components “bolt onto” your existing therapeutic modality. It does not require you to “give up” your current approach in order to use it. Secondly, it has a strong evidence base regarding its outcome effectiveness. It is also supported by a great deal of work within general psychology (especially neuropsychology). Thirdly, although providing new and different tools, you will find much that is already familiar and similar to the approach you use.
  • Actually I’m not a psychotherapist/counsellor at all! Is this course any use to me?
    Yes… as long as you are involved in the field of helping people to change their behaviour and attitudes! For instance, it has been used in a variety of health behaviour change fields (including smoking cessation and weight loss) and with client groups as diverse as the unemployed and those with learning difficulties. One of the major UK books in the field is written by a Speech and Language therapist and it is also used as a management, supervision and team building approach.

Course outline:

  • Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Evidence base and applicability to different client and staff groups. Understanding the trap of the CLEPPER approach in traditional models of helping.
  • Softening Things Up
  • Rapport building (with a difference!).
  • Introducing problem variation and change perception
  • Scaling to identify client resources and solutions
  • The role of Exceptions and how focusing on how things could be worse makes them better
  • Why don’t people solve their problems
  • The role of “experimental behaviour” Doing The problem in detail and pattern intervention
  • What constitutes a complex case?
  • Future causality and social constructionism as a way of viewing complex cases differently
  • Involuntary/mandated clients and ASD diagnoses
  • An introduction to the Miracle Question (MQ)
  • Outline and purpose of the MQ
  • Video / live demonstrations of the MQ
  • The Miracle Question Continued
  • MQ practice
  • Where does the MQ fit into therapy and where do you go afterwards ?
  • Dealing with unhealthy and unrealistic Miracles
  • What to do if your client’s preferred future is one you can not support ?
  • Pretence and treating weaknesses as strengths
  • Treating deficits as resources and the therapeutic value of faking
  • Case consultancy

Course tutor

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Director of SDS Seminars
Paul Grantham, is a clinical psychologist with extensive NHS, Social Services and training experience. He has written on a range of therapy and helping issues. An extensively informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work. Paul is a founder and Director of SDS Seminars Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

Course structure

  • Full Course Video
  • Full course materials as a PDF (downloadable)
  • Personalised Certificate for 14 CPD Hours