When Clients Want to Vent: The Cooperation Principle and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy



When Clients Want to Vent: The Cooperation Principle and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Hudson Valley Solution Focused Network Quarterly Meeting

Saturday, September 30th, 2023

9:00am to 12:00pm ET

Hybrid: Online via Zoom | In-Person at UAlbany School of Social Welfare, 135 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203

Note- Online registration is full and closed at this time. Registration for in-person attendance remains open.  

Presenters: Joel Simon, LCSW, ACSW, BCD; John O’Grady, LCSW; Sydney Madden, LCSW-R; Mark Lane, LCSW-R

NASW-NYS Members: $30

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $60

Non-Members: $75

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

Registration with No CEs: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Note- Online registration is full and closed at this time.

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Workshop Description
Clients think therapy is talking about problems; however, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) prioritizes solution talk over problem talk. As social workers practicing SFBT, what do we do when clients want to vent? How do we cooperate with clients who want to engage in problem talk? While this course is intended for participants who have completed an introductory solution-focused course and are currently using the model in their practice, all are welcome to bring their expertise. This workshop will feature in-depth discussion, role-play, and case consultation with practitioners who have expertise in SFBT.
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Registration is required. In order to obtain CEs for attendance, registrants must pay the fee. Attending for no CEs is free.

This workshop is offered as a hybrid form, meaning participants can access the workshop either in-person at UAlbany or online via Zoom. Instructions for joining will be provided upon registration. 

Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. define solution-focused cooperation.
2. discuss the concept of vision as it applies to solution-focused therapy.
3. give examples of turning problem talk into solution talk. 

This workshop is approved for 3.0 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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Madden-Sydney.jpg  Sydney Madden, LCSW-R. Sydney earned her MSW from University at Albany in 1995, with post-masters training in attachment issues, trauma treatment, and solution-focused therapy. Sydney has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families for over 30 years, in community-based programs, home-based programs, health care, and private practice.





Simon-Joel-1.jpegJoel 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 www.0to10.net for further information.



John O’Grady, LCSW. John W. O’Grady, LCSW, has been a therapist for 40 years. He practiced in a family counseling clinic for 18 years, gradually introducing Solution-Focused Therapy into his work with parents, youth, and families. In 2011 he opened a private practice in Albany, where he uses SF therapy to serve a wide range of clients. 




Mark Lane, LCSW-R. Mark Lane is an experienced solution focused therapist with over 30 years of experience using and teaching solution focused therapy. He facilitates Hudson Valley Solution Focused quarterly meetings and has taught solution focused therapy at the Graduate School of Social Welfare at the State University of NY at Albany since 1996. He currently works in private practice specializing in group therapy and as a school social worker with Guilderland Schools and leans heavily on solution focused principles.   


Register Now (in-person only)

Note- Online registration is full and closed at this time.

Registration for in-person attendance remains open. 



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September 30th, 2023 from  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
UAlbany School of Social Welfare
135 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $30.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $60.00
Non-Member $75.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00
Registration with no CEs $0.00