Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Training Level 1

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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Training Level 1

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Friday, October 13th, 2023

Saturday, October 14th, 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 (including NASW-NYC members): $320

Non-Members: $400

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

Note: course is limited to 30 participants. Registration is currently open and is first come first serve.   Update as of 9/29: There is only 1 remaining spot! Register while you can!

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. Joel has been in clinical social work practice for over 40 years in a variety of both inpatient and outpatient settings.  He has been a solution-focused practitioner, trainer, presenter, and consultant since 1992.  Joel attended 3 advanced solution-focused trainings at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the home of solution-focused brief therapy.  He is a founding member of the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association and the recipient of the Steve de Shazer Memorial Award for “significant contributions to the field of solution-focused brief therapy over many years.”   Currently, Joel is in private practice, provides solution-focused training, supervision, and consultation.  Joel co-authored several articles on solution focus including two with Insoo Kim Berg, a co-developer of the model. Joel has authored and co-authored 4 books on solution-focused topics.  Please visit for further information.


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October 12th, 2023 9:00 AM to October 14th, 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