Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Empowerment comes with seeing life from the future, rather than from the past.
The Solution Focused Approach is a positive solution building model that was developed by Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and their colleagues at the Brief Family Therapy Centre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA in the early 1980s. The model encourages the development of effective behavioral management, to adopt a positive stance in which energy is directed towards finding satisfactory ways forward rather than focusing on what is going wrong in a given situation.
Simply put, it is to work on what works and stop doing what doesn’t. Empowerment comes with seeing life from the future, rather than from the past. Solution Focused Approach provides enriched patterns of thinking that develop from the natural abilities we have within us. These programs provide students with laser and specific interventions that create the foundation for becoming a masterful therapist or practitioner.
By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following:
- Understand the background of solution focused approach
- An ability to engage and maintain good relationship with clients
- An ability to establish and work in the direction of their clients’ goals
- An ability to maintain a solution focused stance over a period of time
The whole certification programme is modeled after a similar programme that is offered by the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. The first module is compulsory as it is an introductory module for participants to gain an understanding of the background and main principles of the Solution Focused approach. Participants are also required to do four other intermediate modules which provide opportunities to expand SF practice to a wide variety of client situations. This training fulfills the educational requirements for the certified solution focused therapist/practitioner (CSFT/P) specialty designations granted by the Canadian Council of Professional Certification. The designation requires a full degree, full membership in a recognized professional association and a supervision component.
All participants must undergo a minimum of 10 one-hour supervision, or equivalent amount of time if conducted in a small group format with an approved supervisor with the Canadian Council of Professional Certification.
OVERVIEW OF MODULES
Module SF101: Principles of Solution Focused Approach
You will learn about the Theoretical background of the Solution Focused Approach; Assumptions, Philosophy and Principles of Solution Focused Approach; Skills and techniques in conducting solution focused interviews: Miracle Question, Exceptions finding Question, Scaling Question, Formulating feedback and tasks; Protocol of Solution Focused Approach.
Module SF201: Solution Focused with Reluctant and Mandated Clients
You will learn about Getting started with reluctant and mandated clients; Responding to anger and negativity; Paying attention to who and what is important for the clients; Addressing the context using relationship questions; Incorporating requirements that are non-negotiable.
Module SF202: Solution Focused Approach and other Post Modernism Approach
You will learn about the place of Solution Focused ideas in post modernism; Comparing Solution Focused approach with other post modernism approaches; Differences and similarities of Solution Focused approach with other post modernism approaches; Making Solution Focused approach more effective and powerful in working with clients.
Module SF301: Field Case Presentation I
You will have Personal therapy and Project work. Participant has to present one video or audio-taped therapy session with minimum 20 minutes transcripts demonstrating their competency and application of the Solution Focused approach for assessment.
Module SF203: Solution Focused Approach in the Singapore Agency Setting
You will learn about using Solution Focused approach in Singapore social service agencies; Implementing Solution Focused ideas in working with the diverse clientele groups; Implementing Solution Focused ideas in supervision; Respecting the boundaries and issues facing social service agencies in a Solution Focused approach. This module will also cover different issues that clients faced and how the solution focused approach could be used to help these clients.
Module SF205: Solution Focused Approach with Groups
You will learn about Enlisting cooperation from the group; Developing well-formed and meaningful goals; Role of group leaders in using solution focused ideas; Using the various questioning techniques in group.
Module SF303: Capstone Field Case Presentation II
This is the final assessment on conducting solution focused interviews. Participant has to present one video or audio-taped therapy session with a minimum 30 minutes transcripts including a microanalysis demonstrating their competency and application of Solution Focused approach for assessment.
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