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BSFT Essentials (Brief, Solution Focused Therapy training)

BSFT Essentials is an APT-accredited 3-day course from one of the UK's leading providers of Brief, Solution Focused Therapy training. We bring the training to your own organisation, for maximum cost-effectiveness, and up to 15 people can attend. (2-day version also available.)

Executive Summary:

Solution-Focused therapy can seem a refreshingly easy therapy to conduct, and to be the recipient of. This is because many of its techniques capitalise on circuits in the brain that already exist. Utilising these, rather than trying to develop new circuits by discussion and experimentation, often achieves results that are rapid, fundamental, and stable.

This course therefore teaches the principles and practice of brief solution-focused therapy in a way that delegates can - and will want to - use with their own caseload.

Who should attend?

Mainly professionals who see patients 1:1 and want to become acquainted with brief, solution-focused therapy in a way in which they can use it.

The course covers:

  • What is Brief, Solution-Focused Therapy? An examination of its background, history, definitions and current usage.

  • How behaviours develop, and how they may become out of all proportion to the original cause, how this analysis can - paradoxically - be refreshing for both you and your clients.

  • Finding a solvable problem; re-phrasing problems so it is possible to eventually solve them and choosing problems that the client is prepared to solve (and will still achieve the key purpose).

  • How the solutions that clients adopt sometimes fuel the problem, and how to introduce new solutions.

  • The changing of failing strategies. The paradox whereby some professionals will indulge in more rather than less of a failing strategy. Why they do this and how it can be reversed.

  • The use of 'directives' and homework tasks. Why these are crucial in therapy and how to make them work to their best.

  • The use of the Brief Therapy Assessment form and its application to your own clinical caseload.

  • Re-framing the problem; seeing the problem in a different light can sometimes radically alter the way it appears. This is a major method of helping clients to see their situation differently, and therefore to begin to act differently. Often shrouded in mystery, we de-mystify it and introduce a reliable method for producing 're-frames'.

  • The use of anecdotes, parables and metaphor in therapy. How they partly relate to re-framing, why they work so effectively and how to generate them. The importance of visual re-frames.

  • How to use exceptions in order to find solutions. The concept of a template for success.

  • The miracle question, and other powerful questions to ask to generate solutions and exceptions to the normal rule.

  • Developing a future focus; the two reasons why this is a key. How the future can be planned and how it can be achieved. The doubly-essential reasons for achieving this.

  • Where to from here? How to capitalise on the course.

What this course will do for you:

  • You will know about Brief, Solution-Focused Therapy: what it is and is not.

  • You will be able to fundamentally re-phrase problems so that they are not only solvable, but exciting to solve.

  • You will understand why (for example) that the harder one looks for happiness the less happy one becomes, the more one tries to stop worrying the more worried one becomes, and so on.

  • You will know better what to do with patients you are currently unable to make progress with.

  • You will be able to agree out of session projects with your patients that have genuine usefulness for them.

  • You will know about 're-framing', why so many people rave about it, and how to do it.

  • You will know how to instantly 'dissolve' the resistance that some patients have about tackling their problems, and give them a framework that motivates and relaxes them.

  • You will know why it is so important to spot 'problem-free' times and places, and how to utilise those.

  • You will be introduced to the miracle question and other powerful questions that move a person forward quickly.

  • You will know how to give a person a sense of direction and hope for the future.

  • You will know how to capitalise on what you have learned on the course.

What you receive as a result of attending the course:

All delegates are registered at APT HQ as having attended the course, and receive a certificate to acknowledge their attendance and registration. As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This accreditation is given weight by the fact of over 100,000 professionals having attended APT training.

How can I get more involved?

Bring the course to your organisation

Up to 15 people can attend this course, and we bring it to you for an all-inclusive fee.
The 3-day course costs £4,165 plus VAT and the 2-day course costs £2,985 plus VAT.

The fee covers all costs: the tutor, tutor's expenses (travel and accommodation), a workbook for every delegate, course evaluation (evaluation document returned to you), registration of all delegates on the APT database, individual certificates of attendance sent to each delegate after course attendance, certificate sent to you listing all who attended. You provide the teaching room, any refreshments you want to, and the delegates!

To arrange this course, email or call 0116 241 8331. We will be pleased to hear from you.

Become a tutor for the course

In order to achieve this you need to attend APT's School for Tutors; this is a 4-day course (Monday lunch to Friday lunch) held in Leicester, England. Successful graduation from the school enables you to tutor this and other courses in your own organisation, simultaneously saving your organisation half the course fee. If you are a senior clinician with a real flair for putting things across, then click here.

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APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course.

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"This has been the most useful, interesting and relevant course I've been on in the last 26 years. Thank you."

Suzanne Wyard, Primary Mental Health Link Worker

"I found the course very informative and relevant to my role in the community. Wish I had done it years ago as it feels like it is the type of skills that have been missing from my clinical work and expertise."

Leanne Smith, Occupational Therapist

"Very enjoyable course and an excellent tutor. One of the best courses I've ever done."

Mark Campbell, Support Worker

"The course was the most interesting and engaging that I have ever encountered."

Nermin Murat, Assistant Psychologist

"This has been the most enjoyable, relevant and well presented course I have ever attended. Extremely catchy and inspiring. I will certainly take away with me a wealth of new ideas and process."

Lesley Macdonald, Senior Occupational Therapist

"I am going away more confident, more aware and happy to put into practice the knowledge I have learned. Pure dead brilliant."

Rose McLaren, Family Support Worker

"This has been the best course I have been on. I will definitely use some of what I've learnt in my clinical practice."

Dee Polacarz, Key Worker

"Excellent course to attend to broaden ones horizon. 'miss it and miss out'."

Michael Sarbeng, Social Therapist

"Fantastic! Well presented, effective learning environment."

Kathleen Wilson, Family Support Worker

"Absolutely excellent ... the course was packed full of excellent tips, was very clear and easy to understand."

Kim Hughes, County Manager

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have found every aspect interesting and useful ... Thank you very much, I feel excited at the prospect of implementing Brief Solution Focused Therapy into my practice."

Jane Coy, Occupational Therapist

"This course ranks amongst the best I have ever attended. The tutor is clearly very experienced in her field and is able to bring this to a the table in delivering teaching."

Course Delegate

"Superb course, brilliantly presented. This course should be mandatory for all those working in mental health."

Ben Incles, Recovery Link Worker


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