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Brief Solution Focussed Approaches

Solution Focused Brief Approaches (SFBA) are considered to be as 'bolt-ons' to other ways of working (compatible for example with CBT and Motivational Interviewing). In contrast to other 'problem-focused' interventions, SFBA work with clients to help them attain a problem-free vision of their future and by helping them use their own resources and strengths to find their own solutions. It is generally acknowledged that this approach need not be limited to therapy nor is it the exclusive domain of therapists trained in this area.

This one-day training programme is aimed at providing a broad overview of the history of SFBA, guiding principles, key elements of the SFBA approach and key practical steps needed to begin applying solution-focused informed approaches to working with clients. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  1. gain insight into different approaches to solving problems
  2. gain an understanding of the key principle in the solution focused process
  3. acquire an understanding of the GEMS (Goals, Exceptions, Miracle questions and Scaling
  4. practice key skills

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for any volunteers/staff working in health and social care setting who may be working with clients using therapeutic or psychosocial approaches.

Dates, Duration and Venue

Date TBC
Duration 1 day
Venue Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich M25 3BL

Please note, training can be delivered at a venue of your choice subject to numbers


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