At A Glance
Information on the International Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate

Requirements for Certificate:

Direct Training
Personal Practice Activities
To Get Started

Certification Procedures & Forms:

Checklist and Procedures


Solution-focused Training and Certification Program
Leading To The

International Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate


The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy is pleased to announce that it now will offer the International Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate. The Certificate, while not a clinical license, reflects basic knowledge, training, and practice in Solution-focused practice.  This program was the first in North America to offer the internationally reciprocal Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate based on  the official  standards recently set by the International Association of Solution-focused Training Institutes (IASTI).The member Institutes of IASTI represent training institutes who are committed to high quality training and supervision in the Solution-Focused model, and represent a longstanding tradition in providing Solution-Focused therapy, coaching, consulting, supervision and training.

Requirements for Certification

The Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate recognizes basic training and practice in the Solution-focused approach and specific techniques. As a pre-requisite to participate in the Certificate program, a trainee must have a graduate degree in a recognized clinical mental health practice area such as psychiatry, psychology, or social work; or another professional area which can utilize Solution-focused practice, such as life-coaching, education, or business. The minimum requirements for the Certificate are 50 hours of direct training and completion of 100 hours of personal and professional practice training activities.

Direct Training:  Direct trainingis the organized formal training that can take place in a classroom with a teacher/trainer. It includes the trainer giving lectures describing the model, but also; exercises targeting specific Solution-Focused techniques, the studying of videotaped sessions, watching live interviews with clients and other work on specific example cases. Direct training could be provided via formal university academic regular or online courses in Solution-focused Brief Therapy, or professional workshops conducted by IASTI institutes or their equivalent. In all cases, the decision to accept a course or workshop toward the requirement for Certification rests with the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy.

Personal Professional Practice Training Activities.  These are activities that the trainee will be able to exercise in part during their normal working hours. Since the training and practice of the Solution-Focused model is meant to be done at least in part within the context of trainees’ every day professional activities, trainees do not necessarily need to allocate exclusive time for all required hours toward certification. Examples of these training activities include: Using Solution-Focused techniques in clinical sessions or in the classroom and evaluating the result, reading assigned Solution-Focused texts, peer supervision, role plays, daily professional diaries, or other Solution-focused learning activities identified by the Institute.

Examination: Once  the training requirements for the Certificate are met, the trainee is eligible to  take an examination in the form of an  objective test which will measure the trainee’s basic knowledge of Solution-focused theory and practice; a case study exemplifying the trainee's Solution-Focused work; and an interview with the training staff of the Institute, so the trainee can demonstrate a solid ability to apply Solution-focused practice to his or her work.  After successful completion of this examination, the trainee will receive the Certificate.

To Get Started:

In the Spring of 2014, the Institute, in association with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, will offer a series of intensive trainings and individual workshops which will provide the required hours for the training component of the Certificate. 

For More Information:

To see the procedures for certification, along with a checklist, please click here.
To view and download the Application for Certification, please click here.

For more information or answers to specific questions, please fill out your contact information, or contact the Institute at

To Register for Summer Intensive or Individual Summer Workshops

To register for any one of the summer workshops, or for the entire Spring 2014 intensive leading to the Certificate, click here to go to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee registration pages.

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