Solution Focused Brief Therapy Workshop

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) workshop was held in TribhuvanUniversityon 26 and 28th of April 2011. It was organized by Central Association of Psychology Students (CAPS) and supported by Central Department of Psychology. 18 participants took part in a 2 day workshop actively which was facilitated by Claudia Van Zuiden, SFBT practitioner fromScotland,UK. The participants included the psychology students fromTribhuvanUniversity, counseling students from CPSSC, and counselors from TPO Nepal and Saathi.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT was developed by Insoo Kim Berg (1934-2007), Steve de Shazer (1940-2005), and their colleagues beginning in the late 1970’s in Brief Family Therapy Centre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Solution Focused Brief Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building rather than problem solving. SFBT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy. It focuses upon our competencies to deal with situations and come up with the solutions as the situation requires. This supports our need for competence which according to self-determination theory is one of the basic psychological needs, the  fulfillment  of  which  is  considered  necessary  and  essential  to  vital,  healthy  human  functioning  regardless  of  culture  or  stage  of  development.

In this Two Day workshop:

  • Participants developed an understanding of the key concepts of Solution-Focused Therapy, including assuming the client as the expert, and focusing on strengths and solutions, rather than problems and diagnoses.
  • Participants gained insight into Insoo Kim Berg’s interview style and how she responds to clients using their words, mirror their skills and assets, and reframes problems into solutions by watching video case examples.
  • Feedback was provided to participants to explore and to widen their ability to provide and apply different Solution-Focused therapeutic interventions which can be integrated these into their work with clients.

My personal experience:

The two-day workshop was a great experience for me. I have been always interested in solution and strength-based approaches to psychotherapy and interventions. I have been practicing this in my interviewing during the research work with children and adults. I talk in-detail about the positive events/topics that come up. For example: I realize that I have used similar approach during the interviews with the research participants for my thesis on ‘Attitudes toward Romantic Love among Newars’. I ask them when are the times that they feel their relationships are are flourishing and how they are responsible for it, what have they have done for it? For me, I believe life itself must be solution-focused looking forward to future to embrace what comes, dreaming big and working in the projects that we love. This also reminds me of a wise saying: If there is a solution, why to worry and again if there is no solution, what is the use of worrying. Life is amazing!

I would like to thank Claudia, who is visiting Nepal to teach the techniques of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to trainers and volunteers, for giving us her time to organise the workshop. She is actively engaged in Mental Health Project Nepal. As a part of course at Robert Gordon University (RGU), she will research the benefits of the application of Solution Focused Interventions in developing countries. To know more about her project, check out the links below.

Related Links:

I shall be publishing a brief interview later that I have done with Claudia .


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