2019 Solution-Focused Clinical Training Dates:
2-day Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Basic Clinical Training:
May 16 & 17 (2 slots left)
September 23 & 24.
[click for more information or to register]
In conjuction with the New York State National Association of Social Workers, Joel will be doing a 2 day training December 17 & 18 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. There will be a third 1/2 day follow up session on January 11. Information and registration can be found by clicking here.
The Focus of Soluton Focus Therapist Training is on the Practical:
* How to use pre-change questions
* How to use future questions
* How to use the miracle question.
* How to use exception qustions.
* How to make numbers work using
* How to use coping questions.
* How to develop compliments.
* How to develop between
* How to apply SF to your clients.
* How to think like a solution-builder
Explaining the Logo
top of the page, you will see the Center for Solution- Focused Training
logo There are some models of therapy that focus on emotions as the
agent of change. Others focus on actions and still others on
thoughts. I view all three as part of a system of change. If
changes, then the others will change as well. It is this idea
that expands therapy to include all three: actions, feelings and
thoughts. Change begins when any one of these three changes to make a
is where solution-building happens.
"I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, and ever
since that day, life was never the same. No one really cared about who
I was until the diagnosis. The next thing I know, all the kids who
bullied me in school are nicer to me, and the family has been on my
nerves ever since."
[click to read more]
What is Solution-Focused
basic ideas for solution-focus brief therapy began over 30
ago. Steve de Shazer became interested in what people do that
help them find solutions to the problems that brought them into his
office. This was a very different way of thinking about
(it still is). De Shazer learned to ask useful
and these questions helped the client think in more positive and useful
ways about their predicaments...
[click to read
How to find a Solution-Focused Therapist
This video is about differentiating between therapists who claim they are solution focused and those that truly are. It requires Adobe Flash which can be downloaded here: Flash
solution-focused therapist, trainer, supervisor, and organizational
consultant with 40 years of post-graduate experience amd 25 years as a solution-focused clinician and trainer.
- A frequent presenter of
solution-focused practice at conferences.
of articles on solution-focus published in professional journals
including two with Insoo Kim Berg, a co-developer of the
solution-focused approach. (see resume).
- A founding member of the
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association (www.sfbta.org).
Advanced Methods Training In Solution-focused Brief Therapy, and
Advanced Supervision Training in Solution-focused Therapy with the
co-developers, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer, at the Brief Family
Therapy Center, the home of Solution-Focus in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
and certified in advanced training in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy with The
New York Milton H. Ericksonian Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis.
Clinical Social Worker (LCSW),
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD),
and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).
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further information about training, click "Training" above.
further information about me, see "About Joel" above.
further information, contact Joel
Solution Focus Network Meetings
A group of people interested in and practicing solution focus has been meeting monthly in Albany, NY. Meetings are informal and have included discussions, case consultations, and video/discussion. We have organized solution-focused trainings and presentations all with CEU's for social workers in conjunction with the State University of New York at Albany's School of Social Welfare.
Upcoming 2019 HVSFN events:
1/2 Day "Solution Focus Brief Therapy in Action"
February 9, May 4, July 12, and September 21.
The topic for February's meeting is "Working with Mandated Clients" featuring a video of Insoo Kim Berg interviewing a woman who had been incarerated and whose children are in foster care. The topics for the other meetings will be decided by the participants.
If you want more information about the meetings and the upcoming trainings/presentations, go to the Hudson Valley Solution Focus Network page.
Books Authored by Joel :
Solution-Focused Brief Practice with Long-Term Clients in Mental Health Services.
Solution-Focused Practice in End-of-Life and Grief Counseling
Solution-Focused Case Management
any book for further information or to order]
Joel in Japan
In July, I spent several days as a trainer in Japan. Click here for a slideshow (pictures by Yuichi Takenouchi).
Announcing the Next SFBTA
2018 Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association Conference will take
place November 7 - 101 in Boulder, Colarado. Conference information, registration, hotel information, and the call for workshop proposals can be found at the association's
In 1999, I pubished an article co-authored with Insoo Kim Berg entitled
Brief Therapy with Long-Term Problems. The
article outlined the basics of solution-focused brief practice and its
specific application to working with those who have been diagnosed with
serious mental illness. Since the article is no longer available
for purchase, I have made it available for download
[click to download]
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
AAMFT held their 2014 annual conference
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They had designated Friday of the conference as a tribute day to both Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg. I had been invited to present at the conference. In part, the
invitation stated: "Your work and excellent reputation will provide an
immense benefit to the program."