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Solution Focused Brief Therapy: Using Possibilities to Remove Problem Boxes

April 20, 2017 - April 21, 2017

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) breaks away from many historical traditions of psychotherapy. In the past, psychotherapy has focused on identifying the problem, an in depth exploration of the problem, and a search for the root of the problem. The focus has been on the problem. SFBT attends to identifying the desired outcome and the resources people have within them to create that desired outcome. The focus is on the client’s capacity to envision what they want and on co-discovering their resources and capacity to move toward this.

However, clients often come into therapy stuck inside of problem boxes. Problem boxes trap people in a particular perspective, in a way of thinking and believing and doing. This impacts the language they use to describe their world, and then how they talk when they arrive in a therapy session. It makes it difficult for them to respond to questions about hopes and desires as their thinking is restrained away from these possibilities and is stuck within the problem box.

SFBT must then go beyond knowledge of the techniques and really engage people one statement at a time—one utterance at a time, and one question at a time, building toward new possibilities for change. The questions the therapist brings are shaped by SFBT theory and practice and then, and most importantly, are responsive to and challenging to the particular problem box thinking and talk.

In this workshop Elliot will share ideas and practices, and will demonstrate how to work with the most stubborn problems to help the client step out of the problem box. He will show you how to work, even in the most challenging sessions, to move the client toward new perspectives and possibilities of how to line up their lives more with their preferred future.

The workshop will provide you with:
• Real examples of Solution Focused Brief Therapy in sessions.
• Detailed description of how to make the questions of this approach effective.
• Review of the history, tenents and principles of this approach.
• Lively lecture featuring stories from the presenters practice.
• Interactive and hands on practice to allow attendees to truly master this approach.


April 20, 2017
April 21, 2017


Windz Institute
(905) 339-3525


Windz Institute
504 Iroquois Shore Road, Unit 12A
Oakville, Ontario L6H 3K4 Canada
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(905) 339-3525