Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Training Level 1




Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Training Level 1

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Friday, March 3, 2023

Saturday, March 4, 2023

9:00 am to 3:30 pm EST (Thursday & Friday)

9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST (Saturday)


Presenter: Joel Simon, LCSW, BCD, ACSW

NASW-NYS Members: $160

NASW Other Chapter Member: $320

Non-Members: $400

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 16.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description

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 webinar, participants will be able to:

  • 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 demonstrate 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 16.0 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), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Joel Simon, LCSW, BCD, ACSW, 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 30 years as a solution-focused clinician, supervisor, and trainer. He is a solution-focused trainer, a frequent presenter of solution-focused practice at conferences, an author and co-author of 3 books on solution-focused practice, as well as articles published in professional journals including two with Insoo Kim Berg, a co-developer of the solution-focused approach. Joel is a founding member of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association ( and the recipient of the Steve de Shazer award for significant contributions to the field of solution-focused practice.   



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March 2nd, 2023 9:00 AM through March 4th, 2023 1:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $160.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $320.00
Non-Member $400.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00