In-Person Section Only: A Solution-Focused Conversation: How Do YOU Use Solution Focus When Clients Talk About Trauma



Hudson Valley Solution Focused Network Quarterly Meeting

A Solution-Focused Conversation: How Do YOU Use Solution Focus When Clients Talk About Trauma

Saturday, January 27th 2024

9:00am to 12:00pm ET

In-Person, University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, 135 Western Ave, Albany NY 

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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Workshop Description
What do clients mean when they use the term “trauma”?  We will have a discussion about how we co-construct useful conversations with clients about what their vision of a better life means. 
While this discussion 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.

For a podcast on our Hudson Valley Solution Focused Meetings click here.  If you need more information about solution-focused therapy please click here.

This workshop will be offered in a hybrid form, meaning participants can access the workshop either in-person at UAlbany or online via Zoom. Online registration is separate from in-person, and available only to registrants who have completed a Solution Focused Breif Therapy Level 1 or Level 2 training, or are a part of the Hudson Valley Solution Focused Network.  If you fit this criteria and would like to register for the online section, go to this link. 


Learning Objectives

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

1. Describe how to co-construct a conversation about a better life with clients.
2. Discuss the application of solution-focused therapy to trauma
3.  Give examples of how to apply solution-focused therapy to trauma

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 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.   


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January 27th, 2024 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