Official Program for the 14th Annual SFBTA Conference

The conference organizers and SFBTA are deeply appreciative of the many people who submitted proposals for the conference.  These individuals have donated their time and energy to provide all of us with opportunities for learning and growth in our solution focused practice.  On this page, you will find detailed descriptions of the pre-conference workshops, plenaries, the complete listing of the interactive workshops offered during the concurrent sessions of the main conference, as well as descriptions of the poster presentations scheduled for the early evening on Friday, November 4th (prior to the SFBTA Banquet).

For a copy of the Conference Handbook, please click the button below.  A hard copy of the Handbook will be provided to conference registrants during check-in at the conference.  Please note that the online version of the handbook is subject to change before final printing.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Training for Trainers & Supervisors

November 2 & 3, 2016 - lance taylor & heather fiske

This 2-day workshop offers a multi-level immersion in SFBT with a particular orientation toward developing skill sets for teaching the model to others.  The training will be applicable anywhere that people help others learn to host solution focused conversations, including situations where participants hope to lead a staff, team, program or agency toward adoption of the model.

This workshop is intended for those who have completed at least basic training, or beyond, in SFBT and who are utilizing the approach in their own practices.  We anticipate that the model will be entertained at a high level, at the leading edge of the practice.

Participants can expect instruction, demonstration and practice.  The workshop will be highly interactive, including exercises, reflection and integration of tools.  Participants will work with peers to assemble a personal skill set for teaching SFBT.

The presenters are experienced therapists, trainers, researchers and authors, who work collaboratively with participants to co-create a learning experience that makes a difference for all participants who are committed to SFBT.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Children & Youth

thursday, NOVEMBER 3, 2016 - HARVEY RATNER

BRIEF was established in London in 1989 and have over the years developed a minimal version of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, remaining true to the fundamental principles of enabling clients to work out their own long-lasting solutions based on what they want in future and what already works for them. 

The workshop will be applicable to all practitioners working with children, adolescents, parents and carers, whether in clinical situations, in homes, schools or elsewhere. It introduces participants to the skills involved in developing useful conversations with clients and will cover all the main techniques of Solution Focused Practice. 


 Introduction to the Solution Focused approach 

 exploring clients’ strengths and successes 

 identifying their best hopes from the conversation and the work 

 working with reluctant clients, and where safety is an issue 

 defining the ‘preferred future’ of family members 

 the evaluation of progress made towards the preferred future, most often using ‘scale’ questions, and identifying those thoughts, actions and feelings which are contributing to the realisation of this future 

 ‘follow up’ conversations in subsequent meetings 

 dealing with setbacks and long term problems. 

Training methods: 

 short lectures 

 observation of recordings of actual work undertaken by BRIEF 

 engagement in practice exercises with the aim of developing competence 

 looking at issues participants feel they might have with applying the approach 

 finding ways to build confidence to take the work forward in future. 

About BRIEF: 

Harvey is co-founder, with Evan George and Chris Iveson, of BRIEF and since its inception in 1989 have been Britain’s leading providers of training in Solution Focused Practice, and are the authors of Solution Focused Brief Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques (Routledge, 2012). Harvey’s most recent book, co-authored with Denise Yusuf, is Brief Coaching with Children and Young People (Routledge, 2015) and he is currently writing, with Yasmin Ajmal, a book on Solution Focused Practice in schools.

Solution Focused Brief Practice 101

thursday, november 3, 2016 - joel simon

Since our second conference in 2004, SFBTA has offered an introductory workshop for those who have had little or no prior solution-focused experience and who want to learn the philosophy, assumptions, and practice of this approach so that they can better enjoy the conference.  The workshop includes experiential exercises, discussion, presentation, and video examples of the model.  Joel is an experienced solution-focused brief therapy clinician, trainer, supervisor, and author.

1.  Participants will name the 7 tools of solution-building

2.  Participants will name the 3 basic rules of solution-building

3.  Participants will list the 5 elements of the “thinking break.”

Opening Plenary


Hopes, Signs & Instances:  Developing a different language for Solution Focused Practice - Harvey Ratner, BRIEF, London, UK

Harvey is a founding member of BRIEF, a Solution Focused training, therapy and coaching agency established in London in 1989. Following in the footsteps of Steve de Shazer, namely to aim for the greatest possible minimalism, the team evolved the question, 'What are your best hopes from our work together?' which has has been the foundation of their work for the past 18 years.  Over that time, the team has developed its idiosyncratic version of Solution Focused Practice.  In this presentation, Harvey will describe the developments with illustrations from videos of client work.

Conference Program - Interactive Workshops

Concurrent Session #1: November 4, 10:45 – 12:00

The Magic Maze-A Solution-Focused LEAN Team-building Experience
Brenda Zalter-Minden, Karla Stonham

You are invited to attend an experiential workshop which will take a LEAN team-building exercise and partner it with a solution-focused approach. Participants will participate in a fun magical maze and come through the experience with many new ideas about the power of team, and how the solution-focused approach and LEAN are strengthened when integrated.

1.  Learn how the Solution-Focused approach and Lean are strengthened when integrated.

2.  Experience how the partnership of solution-focused Lean will help teams thrive.

3.  Re-frame how we see our trials and mishaps-not as failures but as small steps forward in the right direction towards the goal.

4.  Experience how listening to each other is essential as it requires everyone's uniqueness on the team to achieve the end result.

5.  Have fun learning from each other.

Solution-focused Practices with Veterans & Families
Mark Mitchell, Isidiro Carreno, Justin Gibson, Nick Bailey

This workshop will cover a variety of issues for veterans and families. Topics covered will include: deployment & families, substance abuse, combat & non-combat PTSD, and how clinicians can best help veterans and their families.

1.  Participants will learn how to be solution-focused with problem saturated descriptions 

2.  Participants will receive a solution-focused understanding of military culture 

3.  Participants will practice solution-focused tools, and learn new ones.

How Did You Know When You Knew? A Method for Solution-focused Decision Making
Ellen Quick

This workshop introduces a solution-focused tool for people who request help with decision making. The method invites people to recognize how past decisions have grown and to use similar strengths and resources when facing a decision now. Participants will experience the method through solution-focused conversation and role play.

1.  Participants will be able to invite people to reflect on a past decision and how they knew when they knew. 

2.  Participants will be able describe the concept of a decision “ripening” and give an example.

3.  Participants will be able to use scaling questions to facilitate the client’s recognition that he or she is on the road to a decision.

Clients and the Art of Asking Useful Questions: Therapy as Creative Play
Plamen Panayotov

Therapists widely believe that asking useful questions is a basic part of their professional activity and consequently it is not the clients’ business to take part in it. The best clients can do in a session is to provide useful answers to our questions. The workshop will challenge this belief.

1.  Participants will be encouraged to practice and improvise on as many Questioning for Useful Questions (QUQu) techniques as they wish.

2.  Participants will be able to discern between first- and second- order changes in therapeutic conversations: changes in the content (WHAT we talk about with clients) versus changes in the therapeutic process (HOW our conversations with clients are organized).

3.  Provided with these new tools, Participants will be able to not only help their clients find and build solutions to their presenting problems, but also be prepared for future difficulties and hard times with useful strategies of overcoming difficulties in the future (not only ‘giving them fish to eat, but also teaching them how to fish themselves’).

Leading From One Step Behind: Solution-Focused Supervision
Carol Messmore 

This interactive workshop focuses on implementing Solution-Focused supervision as isomorphic to the model. “Leading from one step behind” supervision remains a collaborative process helping the supervisee recognize his/her own resources and abilities. The language and focus is positive and resourceful, and recognizes the success and abilities of the supervisee.

1.    Participants will learn how to implement Solution-Focused language, interventions and tools in supervision sessions.

2.    Participants will develop a personal framework for using solution-focused supervision in their own supervision.

3.    Participants will learn how to lessen the hierarchal structure in the supervisory relationship through the process of “leading from one step behind.”

Note:  This workshop is also offered on Saturday, November 4 @10:45am

Mesmerized: Integrating Solution-Focus Brief Therapy with Hypnosis
Alyssa Weiss-Quittner, Andy Brown

Solution-Focus Brief Therapy (SFBT) and hypnotherapy are both incredibly efficient and highly compatible therapeutic modalities.  A previous working knowledge of SFBT or hypnotherapy is not required to attend this seminar as we will be walking through both therapeutic models and demonstrating how they might be integrated efficaciously.

1.  Participants will be able to identify the client population best suited for the integration of SFBT and hypnosis as a therapeutic technique. 
2.  Participants will be able to implement SFBT techniques.
3.  Participants will be able to demonstrate ways to develop client centered goals.
4.  Participants will be able to formulate appropriate questions for use during various stages of hypnosis.
5.  Participants will be able to integrate suggestibility tests into therapy sessions.

Concurrent Session #2: November 4, 1:30 – 2:45

"Le Pouvoir est Mort! Vive le Pouvoir!” Power as a Resource and Useful Metaphor
Johannes Herwig-Lempp

This workshop will address the importance of understanding the role of the metaphor of power at various levels. It incorporates essential solution focused principles that not only use the resources of the practitioner but also help to enhance and build the resources, i.e. the power of clients.

1.  Participants will learn the positive ideas of power and the advantages of having the will to power as two essentials in practice.
2.  Participants will learn and practice a method as a way to illustrate different perspectives on “power” that can be used with clients.
3.  Participants will learn how to encourage clients to use their power and their will to power as resources.

Trauma and Solution Focused Therapy
Pam King

This interactive workshop will provide lots of space for conversations about what works with trauma. Adults and children, unfortunately, experience difficult events. Our clients’ lives also include normal everyday pleasures, relationships, and events. We must invite our whole client into the room and follow where they want to go.

1. Participants will discuss preferred future questions.

2. Participants will share resources and references for solution-focused work and trauma.

3. Participants will list three methods for solution-talk around trauma.

Going Slow and Fast: Solution-Focused Single Sessions
Dina Bednar, Geri Van Engen

Suppose tonight while you’re sleeping a miracle happens, and tomorrow when you awaken you find that you’re an even more efficient brief therapist than before! How will you know? What will you notice? Specifically what will you keep doing and what will you be doing differently? Come find out!

1.  Participants will identify the good reasons to use SFBT for single sessions.

2.  Participants will understand the assumptions and stance necessary to provide effective Solution-Focused Single Sessions.

3.  Participants will master techniques and specific Solution-Focused single session skills.

4.  Participants will identify the ‘red herrings’ to ensure successful single sessions.

Finding What Works in Solution-Focused Training
Marcella Stark, Johnny Kim, Peter Lehmann

Presenters will offer a brief overview of their mixed-method research study exploring the experiences of care providers who received training in the solution-focused approach in the past two years. Attendees will participate in discussion regarding their own training experiences, with the purposes of identifying beneficial training content and practices.

1.  Participants will gain an understanding of how a mixed-method research design was used to explore the experiences of SFBT trainees.

2.  Participants will identify best practices for SFBT training.

3.  Participants will understand personal and interpersonal contributions to learning SFBT.

Strangers in a Strange Land: Flourishing as Solution-Focused Practitioners in non-SF Contexts.  
Frank Thomas, Heather Shahan, Vanden Thong

SFBT tenets and practices have spread to diverse work settings. SF practitioners must find a way to maintain the core tenets of the SF approach while adjusting to the unique needs of different contexts plus create appropriate self-supervision as “strangers.” Come explore fun-damentals and share SF “stranger” experiences that work!

1.  Participants will engage in experiential activities highlighting the versatility of the SF approach. Included in the process is a focus on self-supervision.

2.  Participants will gain an understanding about the relevance of context in working as a SF professional.

3.  Participants will learn about potential “ripple effects” in various contexts of SFBT practice and supervision.

4.  Participants will review the fundamental tenets of SF practice and the need for continued professional development and self-supervision.

5.  Participants will explore possible avenues for obtaining feedback and supervision while accounting for differences that exist in context, population, and relationship (peer feedback, self-reflection, and formal supervision).

Solution Building Couples Therapy: 5 principles to using SFBT in couples therapy
Elliott Connie

Applying the Solution Focused Approach with couples can pose challenges due to the couple coming to therapy expecting to focus on the problem. In this workshop, the presenter will review 5 principles to applying this approach in couples therapy. 1. Solution-building 2. Co-construction 3. Believing the couple can change 4. Focusing on the desired outcome 5. Reviewing past successes.

1.   Attendees will be able to identify key ideas and techniques associated with Solution Focused Therapy with Couples

2.  Attendees will be able to apply techniques associated with the solution focused approach in their work with couples. 

3.  Attendees will become more aware of current research being done on the efficacy of the solution focused approach as well as gain clarity about some of the myths about the solution focused approach.

4.  Attendees will verbalize the differences between solution-building with clients and problem-solving as well as be able to apply solution-building language to their sessions.

Concurrent Session #3: November 4, 3:15 – 4:30

The Response We Don’t Want to Hear: "It's worse!" 
Harvey Ratner

We will explore ways of responding to clients who tell us, when asked 'what's better?', that things are worse. Recordings of client work at BRIEF will be viewed and there will be opportunities for discussion and practice to develop a range of options.

1.  Participants will be able to derive a range of possible ways of responding to reports of setbacks or lack of progress.

2.  Participants will view and discuss actual client work.

3.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a practice exercise to try out some of the techniques.

SFBT and Families Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Brie Turns, Sara Smock Jordan

Families living with autism typically seek treatment services for the diagnosed child which is usually aimed at solving problems. This workshop will discuss the benefits of using SFBT, provide suggestions for making offices autism friendly, and recommend activities for families with a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

1.  Participants will be able to name various strengths of ASD families. 

2.  Participants will be able to create solution-focused activities to use with ASD families.

3.  Participants will be able to craft solution-focused questions appropriate for ASD families.

Buddhism Mindfulness: Bringing SF practice into Everyday Life 
Deming Gao, Danni Yu (Translator)

Come and learn how to transform everyday life into SF self-practice and self-reflection. After this workshop, SF practitioners will be able to identify more opportunities and possibilities in conversation and enhance their awareness of language using Buddhism training methods.

1.  Participants will be able to state how Buddhism philosophy is congruent with SF practice.

2.  Participants will list 4 sentences applying reflection to thoughts or utterances.

3.  Participants will explain the path to enlightenment and mindfulness practice.  

Fostering Hope: Solution-focused Stories About Suicide Prevention
Heather Fiske, Brigitte Lavoie

The presenters will tell, elicit and develop stories of how solution-focused brief therapy can be applied in suicide prevention work at many levels. Depending on the interests of participants, our stories may focus on solution-focused approaches to work with individuals, families, communities, organizations and/or governments.

1.  Participants will understand at least 2 ways in which there is a good “fit” between SFBT and suicide prevention work.

2.  Participants will be able to articulate how a solution-focused approach to suicide prevention is evident in practice.

3.  Participants will have new SFBT questions or interventions to foster hope.

Complu - Presentation on a Meeting in Which Participants Compliment One Another
Yuichi Takenouchi, Norio Mishima

Complimenting is a very important element in SFBT. We hosted informal meetings where ordinary people compliment one another in a way that enhances their lives both at work and at home. We will present our activities and let the workshop participants experience the power of compliments.  

1.  The participants will experience and understand how “Complu” proceeds, and realize the possibility of using it in their practice. 

2.  Participants will verbalize an in-depth understanding of how compliments work.

3.  Participants will express how using ‘Complu’ can have a preventative effect even when used in non-clinical contexts.  

Developing Solution-Focused Champions within a Trauma-Informed Environment
Denise Krause, Susan Green

The presenters offer a model for developing solution-focused champions in trauma-informed systems. Anchored in experiences with urban and rural organizations, the presenters invite discussion around the utility and sustainability of solution-focused practices throughout systems. The format is grounded in the tenets of solution-focused practice and the principles of trauma-informed care.

1.  Participants will identify ways that solution-focused champions can add to their agency contexts.

2.  Participants will understand how developing agency-based solution-focused champions promotes a trauma-informed system.

3.  Participants will identify aspects of champion development model that will be helpful in their own systems.

4.  Participants will engage with one another about the possibilities for developing solution-focused champions.

Concurrent Session #4: November 5, 9:00 – 10:15 am

Solution-Focused Tools and Strategies to Forever Recognize Others' Greatness 
Brenda Zalter-Minden

Energize yourself and your workplace through this fun, interactive and inspirational workshop! Get ready to turn your notions about recognition on their head by exploring it through a powerful solution-focused lens. A proven process for self, team and organizational recognition is offered, FROG™ (Forever Recognize Others` Greatness), inviting you to create your own recognition intention through experiencing some of the more popular solution-focused team building exercises. By the end of this session, you will be ready to try easy tools and strategies for recognizing others that support meaningful connection and lasting change.

1.  Participants will have the opportunity to re-discover some of their own unique solution-focused tools and strategies used to help build a recognition culture.

2.  Participants will experience some new solution focused tools and strategies to help build a recognition culture.

3.  Participants will leave energized with new tools and strategies as well as reminded of their strengths, passions and uniqueness.

Back to the Future: Your SF career in 5 years! 
Mark Mitchell, Frank Thomas

This workshop is for SF practitioners of all kinds and levels looking to see where they would like to be in 5 years. Possible roles might include therapist, instructor, trainer, coach, supervisor, consultant, or author. We will examine cultural trends and market forces with participants using the miracle question, where they are in the life cycle, and how we discover the seasons of our development.

1.  Participants will identify their preferred career future. 

2.  Participants will verbalize what trends and behaviors will help them in achieving that future.

3.  Participants will list what networks need to be in place to make that future happen.

The Five Components of a SFBT Session That Are Not Talked About 
Adam Froerer, Elliott Connie

This workshop addresses five commonly overlooked factors in SFBT. Presenters address, 1) managing therapist anxiety, 2) trusting clients to answer difficult questions, 3) the expertise of SFBT therapists, 4) how to stick to the SFBT process with “BIG” presenting problems, and 5) how SFBT is more than identifying “THE” solution.

1.  Participants will have an increase in confidence to trust their clients within SFBT sessions.

2.  Participants will be able to identify times when they can be the expert within SFBT sessions. 

3.  Participants will be able to differentiate between problem-solving and solution- building. 

4.  Participants will increase their ability to utilize their client’s language in a productive way.

When the Client Doesn't Follow the Script
Joel Simon

An exercise in responding usefully to the unexpected. 

1.  Participants will be able to relate several optional solution-building responses to each scenario. 

2.  Participants will be able to discern and articulate when the role-played conversation became solution-focused.

3.  With the help of the other participants, the therapists in the role-plays will be able to successfully achieve a solution focused conversation.

Hearing Voices - SF Voices, Yours and Others
Janet Bent, Carly Koeppen

Come, listen and share stories with two acute care Mental Health nurses who work with an amazing population who do indeed sometimes hear voices. Learn to find your own SF voice and to hear SF voices all around you and in some unlikely places. You will also hear examples of eliciting SF voices with the kinds of questions you ask. Everyone is welcome, especially those working outside the therapy room or who are newer in their practice.

1.  Participants will identify opportunities within their context to begin to speak and listen in SF ways. 

2.  Participants will learn strategies for enhancing their Evidence Based practice with SF ideas.

3.  Participants will express increased confidence in finding their SF voice with non SF colleagues.

4.  Participants will report a sense of enjoyment in being able to listen in SF ways.

SF Kindergarteners! 
Thomasz Switek, Arthur Lewinski

In this workshop, I will share our experiences applying sf principles to a local kindergarten group in Poland consisting of 3 year-old children, their parents, and teachers. Project ideas, assumptions, training experiences, structures, and activities created for children, parents, and teachers will be presented. This program has been accepted by the Polish educational administrative system.

1.  Participants will report how SF ideas have been incorporated into a local Polish kindergarten.

2 . Participants will list ways in which SF principles have been incorporated into a kindergarten. 

3.  Participants will list the solution-focused tools that were used in this process. 

Concurrent Session #5: November 5, 10:45 am – 12:00 noon


Leading from one Step Behind: Solution-Focused Supervision
Carol Messmore 

This interactive workshop focuses on implementing Solution-Focused supervision as isomorphic to the model. “Leading from one step behind” supervision remains a collaborative process helping the supervisee recognize his/her own resources and abilities. The language and focus maintains positive, resourceful, and recognizes the success and abilities of the supervisee.

1.  Participants will learn how to implement Solution-Focused language, interventions and tools in supervision sessions.

2.  Participants will develop a personal framework for using solution-focused supervision in their own supervision.

3.  Participants will learn how to lessen the hierarchal structure in the supervisory relationship through the process of “leading from one step behind.”

What Works in Learning SFBT
Sara Smock Jordan, Von Poll, Rachael Dansby, Brandon Eddy, Karis Finch, Natali Gonzalez, Olivia Hamlin, Cayla Minaiy, Neli Morris, Dustin Perkins, Tetiana Sukach, Brie Turns, Mazie Zielinski

This workshop will focus on how students learn SFBT. Students from an introduction to SFBT graduate course will share their experiences about learning the model. Roleplays and exercises will be demonstrated from the course and student presenters will share their reactions/ experiences.

1.  Participants will verbalize what works in SFBT training.

2.  Participants will express how SFBT training exercises are useful in training students.

3.  Participants will get a chance to network with other trainers.

High-Conflict Post-Separation Parenting: How Solution-Focused ideas can help
Jeff Chang

High-conflict post-separation parenting harms children leading to many mental health and adjustment problems. In this workshop, the presenter will describe the patterns in which hostile separated partners engage, describe how maintaining a solution-focused stance is useful to practitioners and families, and describe some examples of solution-building with such families.

1.  Acknowledge the difficulties faced by parents, children, and professionals during high-conflict post-divorce parenting.

2.  Describe SF practices and ideas that can help practitioners to maintain effectiveness.

3.  Practice SF skills by deconstructing video examples of SF work with high-conflict post-divorce parents.

What's Your Best Hope for Your Career? Hangzhou SF Coaching Practice in Chinese Student Employment & Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program 
Lei Yue, Jian Wu, Xioyan Zhang, Chenyan Ye

Among 7 million graduates every year in China, there are approximate 0.3 million college/university students in Hangzhou who are in the employment andself-employment guidance service system, while the student-mentor ratio is in between 1:1000 and 1:500. How can SF coaching practice help the mentors work briefly and effectively with so many students? Some creative attempts have been tried out by a team led by Hangzhou Employment Service & Management Bureau.

1.  Participants will be able to list 3 challenges and 3 ways of Hangzhou SF Coaching Practice in the students employment and self-employment guidance service.

2.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a live game to experience “gamification mass coaching.” 

3.  Participants will discover the inner logic of the combination of 3 ways of Hangzhou Practice and list 4 practice guidelines.

“Solution-Focusing” Your Mindset Right Out of the Gate 
Christopher Richmond, Karrie Slavin

Having a Solution-Focusing Mindset can significantly improve your first session with a new client, and effectively set the stage for continued solution building. This fun, interactive, collaborative workshop explores how we can improve our ability to utilize a Solution-Focusing Mindset throughout the counseling process starting from our first client contact.

1.  Participants will co-construct an expansive definition for a “Solution-Focusing Mindset”.

2.  Participants will identify the advantages of using a Solution-Focusing Mindset in the beginning stages of therapy with a new client. 

3.  Participants will identify times when they are utilizing a Solution-Focusing Mindset with clients, as well as methods for maintaining this mindset in challenging situations.  

4.  Participants will leave with small changes that they can make in their practices to enhance their ability to more fully utilize a Solution-Focusing Mindset.

Energizing Communication with Troubled Youth
Ella de Jong

The workshop shows the beauty of solution focused verbal conversation combined with empowering non-verbal creative input. The acronym “H.E.L.P.!.” was developed by the presenter as part of a Dutch SF training course to promote “uplifting talk”.  Come and learn how H.E.L.P. can energize both you and your clients!

1.  Participants will be able to name the 5 basic HELP! tools to co-construct helpful conversations..

2.  Participants will have the opportunity to internalize several creative, non-verbal ways of SF communication.

3.  Participants will be able to distinguish the differences between utilizing creative activities for "fun and relaxation" and utilizing the activities to build hope and energy. 

4.  Participants will express how HELP tools can move clients toward their desired futures through mind opening connectedness.

Concurrent Session #6, Saturday November 5, 1:30 – 2:45

Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) Practices & SFBT:  Good for the client, the practitioner and the future of SFBT
Barry McClatchey

In this workshop, we’ll examine how soliciting client feedback at each therapeutic encounter (using the Outcome Rating Scale and Session Rating Scale) is remarkably consistent with the basic tenets of SFBT. Some of the ways that specific solution-focused questions connect to the two measures will also be identified. Finally, we’ll look at how participants can build their own simple outcome data to gauge the effectiveness of their solution focused practice.

1.  Participants will verbalize the rationale for Feedback Informed Treatment practices and how this practice fits with the basic tenets of solution-focused brief therapy.

2.  Participants will express how some specific solution-focused questions connect with the Outcome Rating Scale and the Session Rating Scale. 

3.  Participants will state the benefits of maintaining a simple database of outcome results to their SFBT practices.

Solution Focused Mediation
Calyn Crow

A conversation about how Solution Focused language and questions naturally facilitates an effective process of mediation.

1.  Participants will express an understanding of the mediation process.

2.  Participants will state how SFBT tenants naturally promote progress when working in high conflict situations.

3.  Participants will be able to explain how they might implement Solution Focused techniques and questions into a mediation process.

4.  Participants will express the ease and effectiveness of solution building.

“Stealth” Coaching in Organizations
Brandy Reece

Explore how to fly under the radar in problem-oriented, expert-reliant organizations where the words “solution focused” or “coaching” can have people saying, “Can’t you just tell me what to do?” Explore ways to make SF coaching so ordinary that it becomes part of the fabric of your organization’s culture.

1.  Participants will Share real life examples of SF in training, coaching and OD in organizations.

2.  Participants will discover approaches to working with SF/coaching resistance rather than against it.

3.  Participants will share ideas for making the SF approach training and OD initiatives "ordinary".

Evaluating Clinical SFBT Practice
Johnny Kim, Marcella Stark, Sara Smock Jordan, Stephen Langer, Adam Froerer

Presenters will present two current research studies on the use of SFBT with clients dealing with substance use, trauma, and teachers’ application of SFBT with at-risk students. Attendees will participate in discussion regarding evidence-base status of  SFBT and ways to implement evaluation research in their clinical work.

1.   Gain an understanding on how effective SFBT is with substance use and trauma related problems.

2.  Identify opportunities for SFBT research.

3.  Learn about what national U.S. evidence-based registries SFBT is listed and get updates on previous registry submissions.

Using a Practice Framework to Find Solutions to Addictive Behaviours
Tanya Mudry

How do we help people who are defined as “addicts”? How do people who are defined as “addicts” manage to help themselves without professionals? In this presentation, I describe the results from my dissertation research which frames “addictive” behaviours (eating, internet use, gambling) from a practice framework. A practice framework serves as an ideal heuristic for finding solutions in a client’s story.

1.  Participants will conceptualize excessive behaviours (EB)  from a practice perspective and solution-focused heuristic.

2.  Participants will conceptualize any client concerns using this practice framework/ solution-focused heuristic.

3.  Participants will utilize this practice framework for case conceptualization and solution- focused brief interventions.

Using SFBT in Teacher Training in China 
Hongjian Wu

This workshop describes how we used the basic tools of  SFBT to guide primary and secondary school teachers to change student opinion, and construct the a student’s sense of competence.

1.  Participants will state how SFBT is used in Chinese schools.

2.  Participants will verbalize how SFBT has helped develop the ability of the teachers to better understand the students’ behavior and needs.

3.  Participants will at least 6 of the basic SF skills: reframing, past successes, exceptions, the Miracle Question, scaling, and finding small changes. 

4.  Participants will state how the use of SF tools helps teachers to develop their competence in their work and integrate SF tools and skills. 

Poster Presentations

FRIDAY, november 4 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

SFBT: Map the Solutions
Brenda Reed

This study represents basic concepts mapping for solution-focused therapy, a visual diagrams for organizing/demonstrating knowledge. With solution-focused concept mapping, the counselor uses the presenting problem, or lets the client lead. Categories include the five assumptions of SFBT, building rapport, goals, exceptions, scaling, coping, best hopes/miracle question, and ending the session.

Part 3: What Clients say is Helpful About the ‘Team Behind the Mirror’
Dina Bednar, Geri Van Engen, Mark Fernandes

Part 3 of this continuing research on Rediscovering and refining the team behind the Mirror focuses on the clients’ feedback, observations and what they found helpful in having the ‘refined’ team in the consulting suite with them. Quantitative and qualitative results were analyzed to determine the usefulness of the team.

Solution-Focused Therapy from the Client's Perspective: A Descriptive Phenomenological Analysis
Ryan Shick & Jeff Chang

The primary purpose of this study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the SFBT model from the client's perspective, by interviewing clients about their experiences associated with the SFBT counselling process. A number of implications and suggestions for SFBT counsellors and trainers were identified in this study.

A Response to Trauma using Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Brenda Tillman, Kelly Greggorson

The current poster highlights trauma response through a solution-focused lens. A case study description will walk participants through a counselor’s use of a seven-step solution focused trauma response process to promote posttraumatic growth. The trauma response process follows the eight tenets and key assumptions of Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Solution building and Coping in Parents Raising a Child with ASD
Brie Turns, Sara Smock Jordan

Raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can have various effects on the parental unit. Parents typically use problem and emotion-focused coping mechanisms to alleviate the stressors. This poster will review results from a structural equation model identifying the relationships between solution building and various forms of coping.

Qualitative Examination of the Perceived Effectiveness of Solution Focused Techniques in Child Welfare
Beth Bridger & Tiffany Erichsen 

This study sought to explore the perceived benefit of the use of solution-focused techniques with clients through qualitative interviews of child welfare workers and supervisors. Findings have implications for policy, practice, and research. (Please note:  Dr. Kristin Bolton aided in the development of this work)

Study on the Outreach Support Process in Japan - A Study About a Process in Regards to Supporters’ Actions
Tomohiro Inoue

In Japan, outreach support is the method used for treatment of Hikikomori, and students who refuse to go to school. But the supporters aren’t really experts (e.g. university students), and a training program hasn’t been established yet. This research is about these supporters’ work, and the possibility of the adaptation of SFBT.

Solution Focused Interventions for helping strengthen the sibling relationships in families with ASD
Brandon Eddy, Brie Turns, Sara Smock Jordan

The literature on how autism impacts families focuses on the negative experiences of neurotypical siblings. This may impact the therapist’s ability to identify family strengths and further perpetuates the misconception that ASD is only a “problem.” This poster provides recommendations to enhance the sibling relationship using a solution-focused framework.

What's Your Best Hope for Your Career? Experimental Application of SF Coaching in a Chinese University Students Employment & Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program

Lei Yue, Jinxiang Ye, Jian Wu, Xiaoyan Zhang, Xianghua Lu, Chenyan Ye

In this poster presentation we will share some Chinese teachers/mentors’ experimental application of solution-focused brief coaching on their work in employment guidance and business mentorship with university students. This is part of a government led program throughout the city and in the past one and half years, hundreds of students have benefited from these experiments.

Teaching at a Distance: Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice
Anne Lutz

The objective of this poster is to share how on-line teaching has the potential to deliver high quality training in solution-focused practices. We will demonstrate this by sharing a solution-focused graduate level certificate course taught at Framingham State University.

Solution Focused Academic Advising: A Tool to Promote Retention
Annmarie Samar, Anne Bodmer Lutz, Deborah McMakin

This poster will describe university faculty members' experience using Solution Focused Academic Advising as a strategy to increase retention and advisee and advisor satisfaction in the advising process.