Solution Focused Brief Therapy/SFBT

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If you are not familiar or not using SFBT then you really should start. The model is great to use on its own, but the techniques are simple enough to use in conjunction with other models. It is strengths based, person centered, and of course- solution focused. The quote below does a great job of summarizing what SFBT is all about

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Not sure if you know SFBT or not… take this 10 question

I have broken the different skills and techniques into 3 different areas:
1. Basic Skills– these are skills most therapists already know and use

2. Advanced Basic Skills– these are skills therapists use, but some are specific to solution focused

3. Strategies– these are the techniques that are specific to solution focused

SFBToutline has a layout of what skills fall into each category. It is a GREAT reminder sheet to keep handy when using SFBT.

This picture does a great job of outlining the underlying belief system for SFBT

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If you didn’t do great on the quiz or the advanced skills and strategies sound foreign to you, there are several books that I would suggest:

Interviewing for Solutions: This book is a great walk thru that really explains SFBT well. I based my training program on this book. They have great resources in the appendix including specific questions, outlines of protocols for sessions, what to do with difficult clients and examples of most parts of the book. If you would like to see examples of these resources, shoot me an email

I have also used the books Solution Focused Therapy with Children: Harnessing Family Strengths for Systemic Change as well as Solution Focused Counseling in Middle and High School

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The solution focused brief therapy association website has a great section of different resources that you can download for free as well that includes a solution focused family intake.

If you are interested in learning more about SFBT, the theoretical model behind it, or want more training please contact me for more information. I do offer a full day training on SFBT

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Lastly, if you didn’t catch it, last week’s post had a solution focused workbook that you can do with your clients.

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