Pain brings a client to therapy. Hope keeps them coming back.
But that hope can be lost when sessions are focused primarily on problems and pathology, leaving clients (and therapists) overwhelmed and discouraged. Solution-Focused Therapy changes that dynamic by giving you the tools you need to show your clients that solutions are possible … and they don’t need to wait very long to see meaningful results!
Designed to complement any theoretical framework, Solution-Focused Therapy engages and activates clients to make change, whether they are new to therapy or have found themselves “stuck” in the therapeutic process. Unlike traditional problem-driven approaches, Solution-Focused Therapy helps clients recognize their internal resources, identify personal strengths and build on what is already working for them.
Packed with case examples, video and film demonstrations, discussion and practice, this workshop is engaging, informative and immediately useful to clinicians at any training level.
In this recording, you'll learn practical, innovative ways to:
Quickly engage and activate clients in their treatment
Retain clients who might otherwise drop out of therapy
Improve clinical outcomes for even the most “stuck” clients
Use between-session assignments to enhance the work you’re already doing
Empower clients to continue to make progress once therapy ends
This course is available for 6.25 total CPDs.
The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa.
As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.
Florida Social Workers
PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits.
Seth Bernstein, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist who has been leading professional workshops since 1990, most recently on the principles and practice of brief therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. Originally trained as a psychoanalytic therapist, his practice has diversified to include a wide variety of effective, evidence-based techniques used within the solution-focused framework to maximize his clients’ strengths and motivation to change.
Dr. Bernstein is a contributor to the newsletter for the Institute for Solution Focused Therapy and maintains a private practice and consultation service. He has authored several articles on the subject of psychotherapy and recently published a book entitled Emotions, Meaning and Management. In addition to playing music, Dr. Bernstein loves movies – he finds therapeutic value in film and often incorporates clips into his presentations to add richness to the learning process for professionals.
Financial: Seth Bernstein maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Seth Bernstein has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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Ascertain how a “successful outcome” in therapy is defined when utilizing a solution-focused approach.
Utilize specific solution-focused techniques to improve client engagement in therapy and improve clinical outcomes.
Explain the importance of focusing on clients’ values in order to increase motivation and elicit therapeutic change.
Develop a solution-focused treatment plan that incorporates attainable, client-driven goals.
Implement clinical interventions that improve clients’ sense of agency and control over their treatment.
Utilize scaling and the concept of “positive differences” to assist clients in recognizing their competencies and therapeutic progress.
Do More of What’s Working: Integrate Solution-Focused Therapy Into Your Current Approach
Redefine “successful outcome” in therapy
Find the exception to the problem
Who is the expert?
Stay in the present
Change language and interventions to be strengths-based
A new perspective on goal setting
Limitations of the research and potential risks
Quickly Engage Clients in Treatment: Get Buy-In and Instill Hope During the First Session
Build the therapeutic alliance
Decrease resistance and defensiveness
Integrate Prochaska’s Stages of Change
Emphasize client competence with the “Yes Set”
Help clients recognize existing support
Exercises to identify personal VIPs
Utilize evidence-based compliments to reinforce strengths and coping skills
Behavior Management Plan Development
A Comprehensive Step-By-Step Guide with Worksheets and Checklists
Explicitly describe the behavior
Assess impact of cognition, emotion, medical status, personal history on behavior
Identify the cause of the behavior
Interventions to address causes of behaviors
Write a thorough behavior intervention plan for the entire care team
Evaluate the success of the behavior management plan or reasons for failure
Gain Therapeutic Momentum: Activate Change Through Collaboration
Gain a motivational edge by tapping into client values
Interventions that emphasize client strengths and competencies
Identify clients’ preferred future with variants of the “Miracle Question”
Nurture clients’ sense of agency by highlighting:
Progress in treatment
Elicit change with solution-focused goal setting
Putting It All Together: Combine Strengths and Skills to Create Lasting Change
Strategies that facilitate therapeutic change
Between session assignments
Continue building on the positive
Expanding personal VIPs
Utilize “scaling” as an outcome monitoring and motivational tool
Work through transference issues that may impede progress
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.