Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Learn SFBT skills for creative conversations and better outcomes. With video of live sessions.

4.55 (1237 reviews)
1.5 hours
May 2020
last update
regular price

What you will learn

Use solution-focused techniques and ideas to shape outcome oriented conversations with others.

Understand the purpose of a variety of techniques associated with the solution-focused approach and apply them.

Collaborate with clients for more effective therapeutic outcomes

Understand how to work briefly with clients in any situation.

Help clients identify and built on their strengths and resources.

Reduce wasted hours by make each session count towards positive change.


Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an approach to conversations that empowers both helpers and those they help. The approach brings with it a wealth of easily learned and adaptable techniques that will enhance your skills, in any professional context.

This course uses video lectures and will be of use if your work involves helping people tackle some aspect of their lives that has become problematic.

The concise video lessons in this course are supported by 'live session' video clips that both illustrate the techniques and demonstrate the effectiveness of SFBT in action. Each section is supported by a quiz to consolidate your learning, and there are downloadable PDFs and exercises to help you become more practised and confident in using solution-focused skills in your conversations.

Who is it for?

Maybe your job is formally recognised as part of the helping professions because it involves supporting people (e.g. HR, social work, counselling or psychiatry).

Or perhaps you work or volunteer in a wider group which includes roles like advocacy, charity and aid work, the law, mediation, medicine, occupational health, probation, physiotherapy, social work, teaching, and many others.

Your primary role is not seen as caring or support, but your daily routine inevitably involves helping people in crisis or distress. You are one of many ‘informal helpers’ who use the same skills as the first group – essentially these are the skills of counselling – yet you have had little or no training to develop their helping skills.


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Welcome and introduction

Getting started

A collaborative conversation
Introductory Quiz


Normalising - Check your understanding.


Reframing - Check your understanding


Exceptions – Check your understanding


Scaling – Check your understanding

The Miracle Question

Miracle question
The Miracle Question - Check your understanding

Goal setting

Goal setting
Goal setting - Check your understanding


Closing comments
Summarising - Check your understanding
Concluding SFBT Quiz.

Putting what you've learned into practice

Meet Deena
What needs to happen
Explaining the process and setting expectations
Identifying the problem
Making choices, asking for help
Exceptions, scaling and normalising
Restating the 'problem' from a Solution Focused perspective
Reframing 'help'
Problems to solutions
Scaling the stress cycle
Concluding the session

Extra SFBT Resources

The Miracle Question explained


June 14, 2022
Yes I'm an therapist and I found it to be very clear and informative. It covered a lot of information in a skillful and creative way. It emphasized to me how important the relationship and being able to acknowledge and normalise a client's discomfort is to a successful outcome. It has laid down the foundations for me and I do understand that to use Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with confidence would take a lot of practice.
May 24, 2022
Very much enjoyed the course. Clear and concise. I have read his book and this is a good living example of it. Thanks
May 8, 2022
I would need more instructions on how to conclude the session, especially after the miracle question - what do I tell to the client about what to do to come to this miracle stage he /she is imagining... Thank you for the course, I will follow this topic in future also!
May 8, 2022
Barry is a good teacher and he models the SFBT techniques in a readily understandable and relatable way. I found the teaching to the point, and it was a good refresher on the main parts of SFBT, whilst also providing some new insights into what constitutes good therapy. A sound investment and an enjoyable course. Thank you Barry.
March 25, 2022
This was a helpful overview of how to use SFBT. I like that it was to the point and had great examples.
January 11, 2022
I've not completed the course just yet, but I am enjoying it; clear, conise, practical information and the quizzes that test your knowledge.
December 9, 2021
Many techniques presented I already use and this course seems to validate and strengthen my knowledge of how to use these interventions more effectively
November 5, 2021
I've just gotten started, but so far, the training is spot-on. I really like the "real world" examples presented in the therapy sessions. I am thinking that this is the best investment I've made into SFBT training so far.
September 8, 2021
The Course was great. I find it very useful. It was clear, understandably presented with practical examples. Thank You very much Barry.
June 26, 2021
i love the live sessions and sharing from real experiences of the therapy. I wish to have more and more practicing videos on this course.
June 2, 2021
The course is very practical for therapeutic encounters in various settings. I say that having worked in various systems such as schools, medical settings and a various community settings. Using a therapeutic model that can work in various systems is crucial for my work. Moreover, I had the chance to meet with the instructor and get feedback on improving my use of solution-focus model in my practice. I definitely recommend this course to fellow psychotherapists.
May 28, 2021
Clearly communicated and well structured. Having demonstrations of the skills in practice is really helpful.
May 23, 2021
This course was very informative. As a counseling student seeking to increase my skills, having videos that showed practical application as well as a full session detailing the breakdown of using SFBTwas extremely helpful. I highly suggest for anyone just starting out and wanting to learn more about using SFBT.
April 20, 2021
I just started, but am enjoying the videos and am learning and retaining information. The quizzes are very helpful.
March 15, 2021
So far: clear, easy to understand concepts. I wish the session snippets felt more helpful but they’re not bad.



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