What is Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT)?

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term future-focused therapeutic approach which helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than dwelling on problems. Elements of the desired solution often are already present in the client's life, and become the basis for ongoing change. The ability to articulate what the changes will be like is often more important than understanding what led to the problem. SFBT is based on the idea that, if our aim is to help clients CHANGE, we ought to use things related to how change happens rather than concentrating on how problems develop. 

The approach was developed by Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg, Eve Lipchik and their colleagues at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, USA.


The course includes an overview of the Solution-Focused approach and how it fits within the broader "strengths-based" approaches. Participants are introduced to the skills and tools of SFBT — the main forms of questioning and interventions.



To provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and its application to a range of counselling settings.



This course will help participants to understand:

  • The philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the Solution-Focused approach.
  • The fundamental shift from "problem-driven" to "solution-driven".
  • Techniques for interviewing clients about seemingly insignificant successes or differences and how to build on these.
  • The "problem-solution discontinuity" and the role of "future-focused" questions in drawing this distinction.
  • Techniques for establishing realistic, workable goals or preferred outcomes with the client.
  • Using future-focused questions to construct achievable outcomes.
  • Scaling questions to create possibilities of movement.
  • Summarising sessions and therapeutic tasks.

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