Introduction to Solution-Focused Brief Therapy



Introduction to Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Friday, January 17th 2025

9:00am to 12:00pm ET


Presenter: Joel Simon, LCSW, BCD, ACSW

NASW-NYS Members: $45

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $75

Non-Members: $90

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: 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
This workshop is for those who are curious about Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, want to know more,  but are not ready to complete a full training.  After taking this introductory workshop, those who are interested are welcome to register for a 2 and ½ day Level 1 training.  NYS NASW also provides a Level 1 training .  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: The distinction between short-term and brief therapies;  Assumptions; Solution-building versus problem-solving; and the seven intervention tools. The workshop is structured to encourage and allow discussion and sharing of ideas. Solution-focus follows many of the social work precepts, such as: “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:

1.    Name the 7 tools of solution-building
2.    Distinguish between the terms 'short-term' and 'brief".
3.    Describe the basic concepts of SFBT.
4.    Name the solution-focused assumptions

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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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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January 17th, 2025 from  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $45.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $75.00
Non-Member $90.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00
Information for Certificates
Presenter(s) Joel Simon, LCSW, BCD, ACSW
Instruction Method Live Webinar
Total Contact Hours/CEUs Awarded 3.0