Seth Bernstein, Ph.D.
Title: Solution-Focused Skills For Quickly Engaging and Activating Challenging Clients (6 CEU's)
Clinicians will learn solution-focused skills and strategies to:
Client engagement and activation can sometimes be the hardest part of therapy. Just because clients walk into your office and say, “I need help,” does not necessarily mean that they are ready for or know how to make use of the assistance you have to offer.
The approaches you learn in this training will complement your core theoretical orientation(s), e.g., CBT, psychodynamic, family systems, etc. It is not a replacement. With Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) you gain the ability to assist your clients to more quickly own their treatment and become active participants in the therapeutic process. This leads to improved clinical outcomes which make your work more satisfying. The challenge for therapists learning SFT is accepting the radical idea that therapy has been successful when the client has gotten to “good enough.” With SFT, we generally do not get to see our clients reach the promised land of full goal completion. What we see is many more of our clients leaving therapy with the confidence that they have the ability to continue to make progress towards a successful and meaningful life. What we see during therapy, many more of our clients are doing the between-session work that is so critical to success.
The teaching model for the training is didactic presentation followed by case examples, video demonstrations, discussion, and practice. The videos include scenes from movies such as Good Will Hunting and The Soloist. In addition, there are video demonstrations of Dr. Bernstein doing therapy with both adult and child clients. Training can be boring because it often is not engaging. This training does more than teach SFT. It provides an experience of SFT. It will be anything but boring.
Seth Bernstein, Ph.D. is a pr acticing clinical psychologist with senior management and consulting experience. He
has authored articles throughout his career on the subject of psychotherapy. Most recently he published a book which applies lessons learned in psychotherapy to the workplace. It is titled, “Emotions, Meaning and Management.”
Dr. Bernstein has been making presentations to a wide range of clinical audiences since 1990. For the past two years, he has been leading workshops in the Pacific Northwest on the principles and practice of brief therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused psychotherapy. Here is some verbatim feedback from a recent training:
“ Loved the video examples. Very helpful.”
“Very engaging, informative, and funny.”
“One of the best and most applicable trainings we have had.”
“The slides on ‘recovery’ were moving; I appreciated the music.”
“I feel motivated to make changes to my practice.”
“What was most helpful was the discussion of between-session work; reframing pathology to strengths, and the engagement process.”
Workshop Learning Objectives
The Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) theory of change
The Therapy Roadmap
SFT Engagement Skills
SFT Activation Skills
SFT Recovery Skills