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This is a two-day course which gives an introduction to the theory and application of Solution Focused Brief Therapy. No prior knowledge of systemic approaches is required, and one of the primary aims of the training is to give practitioners the confidence to incorporate their learning into existing ways of working, offering an immediate opportunity to expand their repertoire of skills. The structure of the course is such that it takes participants through the principal features of the model step by step, allowing for small and large group discussion and the opportunity to experiment through role-play and use of own case material at each step. It is very much a “skills-focused” course with many "hands on" exercises.

The course is intended for social work practitioners from a variety of settings and can include those from different specialisms such as children and families, YOT, disabilities, mental health and older people. The content of the course will be mainly directed to children or families but the cognitive – behavioural based techniques are applicable to work with mental health and adult settings and participants from these areas should be able to access the course without any undue difficulty.

Participants attending this training will demonstrate:

  ·      Knowledge of the theory of brief therapy and gain experience through role-play and own case material of
          putting  the principle features of the approach into practice.

·        Integrate the solution-focused model into existing methods of work, thereby expanding participants’ range of
     skills that can then be used immediately and in a wide variety of work situations.

·        Understand the breadth of applications for the model and some of its limitations. Wherever possible, the
     intention is to use the diversity of participants’ own work settings as a means to illustrate this.

·        Increased confidence and professionalism.

·        Understand the use of the model in different cultural contexts.

·        Develop knowledge of the key links and interventions drawn from Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

    This course is available to Osiris College buy a place customers via our Introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) three day course. Click here to go to Osiris College home page.

 Please also see Direct WorkInformation on NLP ; Change Work ; Models of Mind ; courses

 Course Key Texts

  • Osiris Handout
  • Bandler R & Grinder J (1979) Frogs into Princes
  • Cade, Brian and O'Hanlon, Bill (1993) A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy. New York: Norton.
  • Friedman, Steven (Ed.) (1993) The New Language of Change. New York: Guilford.
  • Miller, Scott, Hubble, Mark, and Duncan, Barry (Eds.) (1996) Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • O'Hanlon, Bill and Beadle, Sandy (1996) A Field Guide to Possibility Land. London: BT Press

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