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Using Solution-Focused Interviewing to Support Client Change

June 6 & 8, 2023

Presented by Chelsea Simms, LCSW and Danielle Farmer, MSEd, LCSW

This training will focus on the principles and techniques of solution-focused interviewing, which emphasizes finding solutions rather than solely focusing on problems when providing therapeutic support. Participants will learn strategies to increase the likelihood that clients will talk about solutions, change, and resources, rather than the presenting problem. The training will cover several elements of solution-focused interviewing that can be applied in practice immediately. These elements include the 10 assumptions of solution-focused interviewing, the solution-focused decision tree, and the six types of solution-focused questions. These concepts will be reinforced through example videos of therapists using solution-focused techniques, as well as exercises and group activities to help participants practice what they have learned. Participants will also learn how to use solution-focused questions with different types of clients, and how to approach termination in a solution-focused way.

This training is intended for staff of all roles on mental health or outreach teams that engage in any case management or therapeutic activities.


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