Solution Focused Narrative Therapy: A Blend of Two Models - Dr Linda Metcalf






Instant Access — Recorded on 14th and 26th May 2021

Approved for 6 CPD/CE credits


TRAINING information

This is an on-demand training event. Watch anytime, anywhere at your convenience.

All course content related to this training will be accessible for 365 days after purchase.

Registration for this event will close on 25th May 2022.


Solution focused therapy offers a way to pursue a preferred future, specifically, and seeks the actions to get there…

Narrative therapy extends an invitation of new authorship to a client, identifying values that appear in unique outcomes.

Together, the client takes the trip into the preferred future, often after mapping the effects of the problematic story on their lives, enriched with strengths, values and actions that that stand up to the problem, the client, begins to write a new chapter…

This is an interactive presentation that will prepare participants to engage clients in a SFNT approach the next day. The presentation promotes skill development through cases, video samples and movie clips.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn the basic constructs of the solution focused narrative therapy (SFNT) model.
  2. Participants will practice the SFNT model in an effort to promote understanding of the process.
  3. Participants will learn about three paths of the SFNT approach and hear examples of client sessions to reinforce learning.
  4.  Participants will learn how to utilize the SFNT model in situations of depression, anxiety and trauma.


Video 1


a. Experiential exercise- steps and values leading to change
b. Defining solution focused and narrative therapies
c. Solution focused narrative conversation elements- the blend
d. Basic guiding ideas of SFNT

Different paths to a SFNT conversation- interspersed with role plays, exercises and videos

a. Path 1- clients who are taken over by the problem
b. Externalizing the problem
c. Path 2- clients who want to change someone else or succeed in a certain way
d. Creating a new presentation
e. Path 3- clients who have been successful before but have gotten off track
f. Seeking exceptions

Video 2

Applications of SFNT

a. Trauma
b. Dangerous habits
c. Timeless influences
d. The miracle day with families
e. Distancing diagnoses

Treatment planning and group therapy

a. Solution building in groups
b. From admission to discharge- the client leads

SFNT is a mindset not a strategy

a. Seeing people as competent
b. Learning to listen and not direct
c. Creating hope with each question

About the Speaker

Linda Metcalf, M.Ed., PhD, LMFT is the Director of Graduate Counseling Programs at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a former middle school teacher and school counselor. She provides professional development to schools seeking a solution focused climate.

She is the author of eleven books including Counseling Toward Solutions (1995, 2008, Wiley, 2019, KDP), A Field Guide to the Solution Focused School (Wiley, 2008), Parenting Toward Solutions (1997, Prentice Hall), The Miracle Question, (2004, Crown House, UK) Marriage and Family Therapy: A Practice Oriented Approach (Springer) 2011, and Solution Focused Narrative Therapy (Springer) 2017.

She has presented extensively in the United States, Australia, Japan, Newfoundland, Germany, Scotland, England, Norway, Amsterdam, Singapore, UK, Canada, Thailand and more. She is Past President of both the Texas Association for Marriage and Family therapy and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the creator of the Solution Focused Schools Unlimited podcast. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband Roger. Together, they are proud parents of three adult children, Roger Jr., Kelli and Ryan and two golden retrievers, Ranger and Ringo.


CPD & CE credits available: 6

How do I receive these credits?

The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.

The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits?

The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association

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Solution Focused Narrative Therapy: A Blend of Two Models - Dr Linda Metcalf