Solution Focused Psychotherapy: Building On Client Strengths To Motivate Change - Seth Bernstein




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Instant Access — Recorded on 25th June 2021

CPD & CE credits available: 6


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 June 2022.


Designed to complement any theoretical framework, Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) engages and activates clients to make change, whether they are new to therapy or have found themselves “stuck” in the therapeutic process. Unlike traditional problem-driven approaches, Solution-Focused Therapy helps clients to identify personal strengths and areas of successful functioning which they can build upon.

SFT translates the idea of “strength-based treatment” into concrete, easily digestible concepts and skills. Packed with case examples; video and film demonstrations; discussion and practice, the workshop is engaging, informative and immediately useful to clinicians at any skill level.

Target Audience:

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other professionals who work as change agents.


Learning Objectives

• Gain practical SFT skills that instill hope and promote change
• Learn how to quickly engage your most challenging clients to become active participants in therapy
• Enhance the effectiveness of your current therapeutic approaches and skill sets
• Experience greater creativity and satisfaction in your work
• Leave the workshop with the confidence to put the skills and concepts you have learned into practice the very next day


  1. Introduction
  • Hopes for the outcomes of today’s workshop
  • Workshop logistics
  • How SFT was started
  • The SFT Model
  • Strengths vs. psychopathology
  • SFT research
  • The SFT roadmap
  • The SFT “conversation”
  1. Engagement Skills and Concepts
  • Key feelings: pain and hope
  • Assessments experienced as therapy
  • Engendering hope
  • Experience-based compliments
  • Coping comments and questions
  1. Activation Skills and Concepts
  • Goals
  • Motivation
  • Problem-oriented vs future-oriented goals
  • Goals have three layers
  • The “miracle question”
  • Becoming a team
  1. Recovery Skills and Concepts
  • Three Core SFT Strategies
  • Scaling
  • Between-session practice
  • Developing a theme
  • Anticipate & learn from failure
  • Winding down Therapy
  1. Wrapping Up
  • SFT Limitations
  • Cultural Consideration
  • SFT Resources
  • Translating today’s training into action

About the Speaker

Seth Bernstein, Ph.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist who has been leading professional workshops since 1990. Originally trained as a psychoanalytic therapist, his practice has diversified to include a wide variety of effective, evidence-based techniques used within a solution-focused framework. His clinical experience is consistent with the findings of the scientific literature: SFT is an evidence-based approach to clinical practice that complements virtually any clinical treatment modality.

Dr. Bernstein has provided his trainings across the U.S. to therapists working in private practice, schools, the military, public and private health agencies, schools and universities, hospitals, etc. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Bernstein has written many articles and one book related to the subject of psychotherapy. Now, his passion is teaching – passing on to the next generation of therapists his love for SFT – an approach to psychotherapy that has made his past 10 years of clinical work the most enjoyable, relaxed, and creative of his professional career.


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 Psychotherapy: Building On Client Strengths To Motivate Change - Seth Bernstein

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