Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Basic Training




Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Basic Training

Main Sessions
Friday, October 9: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday, October 10: 9:00am - 4:00pm
12.0 NYSED Approved CEs

Optional Follow Up Case Consultations:
Friday, November 6, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Additional 3.0 NYSED Approved CEs

You may register for only the main sessions of the training for 12.0 CEs, or also add on the optional follow up session for a 15.0 CE total.
The follow up session is a valuable opportunity to report back on how you have made process implementing SFBT in your practice and recieve feedback from our presenter. 

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


Main Sessions Only | 12.0 CEs
NASW-NYS Member: 
NASW Member (Non NASW-NYS): $180
Non-Member: $240
NASW-NYS Student Member: FREE

Main Session Plus Follow Up | 15.0 CEs
NASW-NYS Member: $150
NASW Member (Non NASW-NYS): $225

Non-Member: $300
NASW-NYS Student Member: FREE

This workshop is approved 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

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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October 9th, 2020 9:00 AM through October 10th, 2020 4:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Main Sessions Only (12.0 CE), NASW-NYS Member $ 120.00
Main Sessions Only (12.0 CE), NASW Member (Non-NYS) $ 180.00
Main Sessions Only (12.0 CE), Non-Member $ 240.00
Main Sessions & Follow Up (15.0 CEs), NASW-NYS Member $ 150.00
Main Sessions & Follow Up (15.0 CEs), NASW Member (Non-NYS) $ 225.00
Main Sessions & Follow Up (15.0 CEs), Non-Member $ 300.00
NASW-NYS Student Member $ 0.00