Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) takes a particular interest in what’s working people’s lives, as opposed to what isn’t. This information often helps people to work out how to change the parts of their lives that aren’t running so well. The most specific definition of the approach is attributed to Steve deShazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Along with colleagues, in 1978, they established the Brief Therapy Centre in Milwaukee, US.
From the outset they committed themselves to a combination of practice, training and research. By 1984 their publications spoke of a shift away from previous approaches, emphasising a solution-building rather than problem focused approach, and a recognition that service users could often create their own strategies for change. Several tools were found to operate like “skeleton keys”, unlocking a process of problem resolution across a wide variety of difficulties.
The workshop will cover the theoretical under-pinnings of the approach, video excerpts to show how the main techniques work in practice and opportunities to try them out.
The workshop will introduce participants to the main assumptions and some of the questions used in the approach through a mixture of presentation and experiential exercises.
John Wheeler is a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist who has worked in child mental health for over 30 years. John has delivered training in the Solution
Focused approach to a wide range of practitioners in the UK and abroad since 1993 and is an external lecturer to several professional courses in the North East. John has written over twenty papers and chapters for publication and runs a regional network for practitioners using SFBT. Details of John’s qualifications, professional experience and publications are available on www.johnwheeler.co.uk.