The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
Floor 2, Grantham House,
Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.


An Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Venue : The Skylon Hotel, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Date: 30th Nov & 01st Dec 2017
Time: 09.30am - 04.30pm
Fees: €199.00 per student
CPD Credits: 4 per day


Dr. Sean Foy- Docorate in Clinical Psychology (NUI, Galway) Masters in Addiction Studies (Middlesex University) Honours degree in Social Work (Metropolitan University, London) Honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Middlesex University) Diploma in Drug Dependence (The Maudsley Hospital London) Higher Diploma in Education (Bristol University of the West of England)

Rationale for Event:
This event forms part of our regular training programme to the public. This event normally runs twice a year.

Teaching Objectives:
The aim of this two day workshop is to introduce the theory and practise of Solution Focused Brief Therapy. The objective of the two days is to provide the theory of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and the space to practice the skills associated with Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Learning Outcomes:

  • To equip participants with the tools to develop and build on their own counselling skills
  • To build on and expand existing knowledge, in relation to Solution Focused Brief Therapy within the group.
  • To enhance confidence in participants use of Solution Focused Brief Therapy Skills
  • To become familiar with the theory of Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • To provide space and time for participants to become familiar with Solution Focused Brief Therapy and use of its core skills

Outline of Psychological Content:

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term goal-focused therapeutic approach which helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than dwelling on problems. Elements of the desired solution often are already present in the client’s life, and become the basis for ongoing change. The therapist intervenes only to the extent necessary, with treatment usually lasting for less than six sessions. It is a goal-focused therapeutic approach that helps individuals change by constructing solutions. The approach includes the search for pre-session change, miracle and scaling questions and the exploration of exceptions. It is a strengths based approach to working with clients.

Outline of Relevant Empirical Support/ Evidence base for this activity:
SFBT was developed by Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg, and the team at the Brief Family Therapy Center of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the mid-1980's. There is a vast evidence base for its applications across a variety of settings. The gatekeeper of this research is Dr Alasdair Macdonald, his website and the page where the SFBT research is

Method of Event Evaluation:

Assessment will be carried out through continuous assessment of role-plays and listening exercises.

Refund/Cancellation policy:

  • In the case where learners withdraw their application/booking: The original booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Deferral/name changes are permitted with admin fee of €30.00 per change.
  • In the event of The Learning Curve Institute cancelling a workshop a full refund will be issued to the student.

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