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Becoming a Solution-Focused Therapist: How to Make Therapy Briefer and More Effective

While most traditional therapies tend to focus on the problem rather than the solution, Solution Focused Brief Therapy offers a different pathway. Learn a deceptively simple process of asking targeted questions that can accelerate therapy with a range of challenging clinical issues, including anxiety and depression. In this recording, using session videos and demonstrations, you’ll learn how to tailor a solution-focused approach that honours each client’s path to healing. You’ll explore how to: 

  • Leverage the most positive aspects of a client’s experience to more quickly and effectively achieve clinical goals 
  • Ask the right targeted questions in ways that turn problems into movement toward solutions in every session 
  • Apply a new perspective on using the solution-focused approach that integrates recent developments, such as focusing on a desired outcome, using the client’s language to ask questions, and evoking client strengths in therapy 


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Elliott Connie, MA, LPC
1 Hour 56 Minutes
Jan 11, 2021
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.



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Elliott Connie, MA, LPC, is a Texas-based psychotherapist in private practice and the founder/director of The Solution-Focused University, an online learning community that trains and provides resources for professionals who want to master the Solution Focused approach in their work. Over the course of his 15-year clinical career, Elliott has successfully worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and families using a solution-focused model to help them achieve their desired outcomes. He is an experienced speaker who has gained international recognition for training hundreds of practitioners throughout the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia on the solution-focused treatment model. Elliott is the author/coauthor of four books, including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Clients Managing Trauma (Oxford University Press, 2018), The Solution-Focused Marriage: 5 Simple Habits That Will Bring Out the Best in Your Relationship (The Connie Institute, 2012), Solution Building in Couples Therapy (Springer, 2012), and The Art of Solution-Focused Therapy (Springer, 2009).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Elliott Connie maintains a private practice and is the founder of The Solution Focused University. He is an author with Springer Publications and receives royalties. Mr. Connie receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Elliott Connie is a member of the American Counselor Association, the Texas Counseling Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association.

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  1. Assess the research on the Solution Focused Approach as it relates to case conceptualization.
  2. Demonstrate the use of the Solutions Focused Approach to improve clinical outcomes with clients.
  3. Use the most positive aspects of a client’s experience to more quickly and effectively achieve clinical goals.


  • Identify the differences between solution-focused and problem-focused approaches. 
    • Key tenets, theory and evidence behind SFBT 
    • How important is the problem? 
    • Why assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning doesn’t guide treatment 
  • Explain how to use the Solutions Focused Approach to improve clinical outcomes with clients. 
    • ”The details drive the change” 
    • The absence of symptomology v. the presence of what clients most desire 
    • What are the two most important words in SFBT? 
  • Assess the research on the Solution Focused Approach as it relates to case conceptualization. 
    • Intentional Questions – the Strength Behind SFBT 
  • Explore how to leverage the most positive aspects of a client’s experience to more quickly and effectively achieve clinical goals. 
    • Open, the Core of the Session, Closing the Session 
    • Case Examples 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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