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Integrating Solution Focused Therapy into Your Clinical Practice

January 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

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This is a two-day, live, in-person training, and attendance on both days is required.

Training Description:

Actively participate in two days of live, in-person training in Shrewsbury, MA conducted by Susan Tohn! Solution Focused work is ideal for these challenging times as the model meets the client’s needs in fewer sessions than traditional models and is applicable to a culturally diverse clientele. The techniques employed are non-judgmental and adhere to the “meet the client where they are” philosophy. Although not necessary, doing Solution Focused work is most exciting when using a “team” approach. Solution Focused Therapy focuses on “change talk” not “problem talk” and is applicable to both the micro and macro levels of working with individuals, families, groups, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, and other organizations. Solution Focused therapy assumes people have their own resources and empowers them to create and realize their own solutions. The model emphasizes strong rapport and active participation by both client and therapist.

Training Objectives:

After completing this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the assumptions and philosophy of Solution Focused Therapy
  2. Explain the origin of the model, negotiating and setting well-formed goals
  3. Describe the 3 possible triadic relationships between clients, goals, and clinicians.
  4. Demonstrate goal setting using “the miracle question”, exploring exceptions, and measuring client progress and satisfaction.
  5. Demonstrate the 4 different types of scales used in a first session.
  6. Explain how to integrate Solution Focused work into their existing practices.
  7. Explain how to apply the Solution Focused Therapy model to working with a variety of client populations.
  8. Explain how to develop tasks for clients, including single and multiple tasks
  9. Demonstrate the EARS technique
  10. Explain how to integrate the Solution Focused Model into their specific clinical settings for long-term and short-term clinical treatment
  11. Explain specific techniques including goal maintenance, helping stuck clients move forward, working with competing referral systems, working with specific populations, determining when to terminate

Lunch and Ms. Tohn’s book will be provided. The training will be followed up by 1-hour consultation sessions every 4-6 weeks throughout 2024 up to 12 sessions. Space is limited to 2 clinicians per CBHC. Contact your Program Quality Manager (PQM) by December 22, 2023, if interested.

Continuing Education Credits:

Discipline Approval Statement
Certified Addictions Recovery Coach

Application for MA Certified Addictions Recovery Coach continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact Berkshire AHEC at 413-842-5160 for the status of MA Certified Addictions Recovery Coach CE accreditation.

Licensed Psychologist CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Berkshire AHEC at hbruno@berkshireahec.org. For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at info@spiritualcompetencyacademy.com. 1.5 CE Hour(s).
MA Licensed Mental Health Counselor This program has been approved for 13 Category I MaMHCA hours for re-licensure in accordance with 262 CMR. MEACP Authorization 23-0799.
MA Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor This course has been approved by the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services/LADC Unit for 13 contact hours for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Assistants.
MA Registered Nurse Program meets the requirements for nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing 244 CMR 5.04.
MA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist This activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Certification PC- 042159.
Social Worker This program has been approved for 13 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D 92354.Certification PC- 042159.
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Please allow 3-4 weeks for email delivery of any CE Credit certificates from Berkshire AHEC, the CE Credit provider. 



January 18
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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333 South St. Shrewsbury, MA
333 South St.
Shrewsbury, MA 01545 United States
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