Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Basic Training



Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Basic Training
Now an Online Program!

Main Sessions
Friday, June 12: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday, June 13: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Friday, June 19: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Follow Up Case Consultations:
Saturday, July 11, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

14.0 NYSED Approved CEs

Presenter: Joel K. Simon, LCSW, BCD, ACSW



NASW-NYS Member Fee: $140 
NASW Member (Non-NASW-NYS): $190
Non-Member Fee: $280 

This workshop is approved for 14.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists


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The purpose of the workshop is to provide an introduction and basic training in solution-focused brief practice. The model has been accepted as an evidenced based practice and there has been much research demonstrating the effectiveness of solution focus with varied populations and in varied contexts. The following topics will be covered during the 3 days:

  • The model’s development and evolution
  • Assumptions
  • Solution-building versus problem-solving
  • Co-constructive language.
  • Listening to clients with “solution-focused ears.”
  • The seven practical tools that keep the solution focus model effective and brief with video examples.

​​​​​​​The training is structured to encourage and allow discussion and sharing of ideas. Solution-focus follows many of the social work precepts: “staying where the client is,” viewing clients as an integral part of their social environments, creating a collaborative relationship, and developing a client-centered approach.  


Learning Objectives:

After the completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Name the 7 tools of solution-building
  • Name the 3 basic rules of solution building
  • List the 5 elements of the “thinking break.”
  • Define post-structural thinking
  • Name the characteristics of a useful goal.
  • List the basic solution focused assumptions.
  • Name the 4 stages of E.A.R.S.
  • Through role-plays, participants will be able to demonstrative a beginning facility using the 7 tools of solution-building.
  • Define microanalysis
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the microanalysis process to isolate possible opportunities for solution-building in 2 utterance examples
    • Demonstrate the ability to extract possible solution-building responses to above isolated opportunities
  • Verbalize their solution-building rationales for their chosen responses

This workshop is approved for 14.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037)


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Joel Simon, LCSW, BCD, ACSW is a solution-focused therapist, trainer, supervisor, an author and co-author of three books on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and an organizational consultant with over 40 years of post-graduate experience and over 25 years as a solution-focused clinician, supervisor, and trainer. He is a frequent presenter of solution-focused practice at conferences and an author and co-author 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). He is also a founding member of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association (


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June 12th, 2020 9:00 AM   through   July 11th, 2020 1:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $ 140.00
Non-Member $ 280.00
NASW Member (Non-NYS) $ 190.00