Erickson often saw the presenting symptom as the patient's solution to a problem that might not be immediately evident. By identifying the core problem that the patient was trying to solve with symptoms, Erickson was able to create appearingly simple solutions that produced lasting changes. This short course is the central element taken from our Congress presentation that teaches therapists how to view symptoms, in that Ericksonian mind set, to find brief but lasting solutions.
1) To identify two practical questions that are useful for solution- focused supervision.
2) To identify two criteria for maximizing therapist effectiveness through supervision.
This workshop will present how Solution-Focused Brief Therapists (SFBT) utilize expectation to help move clients toward goals. Workshop participants will be given the skills to understand how the basic principles, questions and interventions in SFBT all utilize expectation as a primary change agent. Further, participants will be shown ways to develop Solution-Focused Formula Tasks to incorporate expectation for positive client movement.
This short course will describe a brief strategic/solution-focused and hypnotic approach to anxiety related disorders. Participants will learn to creatively engage their obsessive thinking, perfectionist, Whying and What Ifing clients via live demonstration, experiential exercise and case studies. The art of What Willing will be introduced conversationally, experientially and energetically. This course will demonstrate how a client can be transported back and forth in time and space, accessing her unique history of success and future memories of her best self.
A key idea in Milton Erickson's work was that a person's problematic experiences and behaviors can be skillfully accepted and utilized as the basis for therapeutic change. Self-relations psychotherapy develops this idea further, emphasizing symptoms as indicating the death of an old identity and the impending birth of a new identity. Thus, we don't try to "get rid of" depression, anxiety, or "acting out/acting in" expressions, but instead invite them into a human relationship of "sponsorship", where their healing and helpful nature may be realized. We will see how a therapist can generate a ritual space where symptoms and other disturbing experiences can be "midwifed" into new identities.
"Common factors" or "specific techniques" - what really creates lasting change in brief therapy? This course presents ways of using both components together in a flexible solution-focused approach. Through collaborative conversation, tailored to client preferences, this approach creates positive expectancy, inviting amplification of what works and changing what does not. When more is needed - in the spirit of - "if it doesn't work, do something different" - specific techniques are seamlessly introduced and integrated into solution-focused conversations.
Interventions often fail because the client is not yet truly motivated for change. Motivational interviewing elicits intrinsic motivation and is highly effective in conjunction with Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Participants will recognize language demonstrating readiness for change and learn how to integrate SFBT interventions to bring about lasting change.
This workshop examines the nature of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and presents an integrated model of treatment of specific issues in brief, solution-focused episodes. Core elements of a safety plan and development of a community resource network are described. Careful management of the therapeutic relationship is a critical part of this approach. Some specific protocols for common BPD issues, such as suicidal ideation and self-injurious behaviors are elaborated.
Strength-based therapy elicits people’s abilities, previous solutions, strengths and resources in bringing about change. Watch Bill O’Hanlon, cofounder of the solution-oriented approach, demonstrate this evocative approach to brief therapy.
This workshop will explain how solution-focused brief therapy can be used in a marathon session format to assist couples and families during turbulent points of their relationship. The workshop will highlight the structure and intricacies of solution-focused marathon sessions. By utilizing this format only one or two sessions may be necessitated. With Michael Reiter and Arlene Brett-Gordon.