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Checklist, Description, and Procedures for Application for the
International Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate
1. ___ Possess a terminal degree in a service field (counseling or therapy, education, social services, business consulting).
2. ___ Are licensed or credentialed to practice in your field within your jurisdiction, or are working in an organized system under supervision.
3. ___ Submitted the Application for Certification, which will list the following:
___ Completed 50 hours of approved Direct Training in Solution-Focused Practices, six of which were through the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy or their staff, or another IASTI member Institute.
___Completed 150 hours of approved Personal and Professional Activities Solution-Focused Practices, and submitted the log of those Activities for evaluation.
___ Payment of $150.00 Application and Exam Fee (refundable if it is determined prior to administering the exam that you do not possess the minimum qualifications).
4. ___ Once the Direct Training and Personal & Professional Activities are approved, the exam is discussed and scheduled.
5. ___ Passed the three part exam, meaning:
___ Received 70% on the Multiple Choice Exam on Solution-Focused Foundations
___Passed the case study exemplifying your actual work utilizing Solution-Focused Practices
___ Passed an oral (Skype) Interview to demonstrate integration of Solution-Focused Practices with your work.
Upon successful completion of these requirements, the International Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate is awarded.
Description of Requirements and Procedures for Certification
It is the desire of IASTI and the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy to certify qualified practitioners who are committed to providing excellent professional work using the principles of Solution-Focused practices. It is also our intention to make the process of certification an affirmative, interesting, and collegial one. As such, we have designed a process which, we believe, assures those obtaining certification indeed possess the needed education, training, and experience in Solution-Focused practices, while at the same time making the process itself a positive experience.
Have a Terminal Degree and Possess a License or Certificate to Practice in a Service Field
A terminal degree is required for certification, and refers to the final degree necessary to work in your respective field. That may be an M.D. in medicine, a Ph.D. in clinical or counseling psychology, a Master’s in Counseling or Social Work, an Bachelor’s in Education, or a Specialist or Associates degree in Substance Abuse Counseling, or a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Business Administration. It would not include students who are working toward a degree unless they also have a terminal degree (e.g. a person with a Master’s in Social Work who is working toward a Ph.D. in Social Work). A license or credential to practice means that you possess the required license or certificate to practice within your jurisdiction, or are working in an organized social service setting (for example, a mental health center, substance abuse agency, school, institute, etc.).
The logic behind this requirement is that the International Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate recognizes specialized education and training in Solution-Focused practices, but is not a practice degree or certification itself, and is not intended to supplant the required degrees and certificates required to legally practice in a given jurisdiction.
Complete 50 Hours of Direct Training in Solution-Focused Practices
Direct training is 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.
Six hours of the Direct Training must be provided by the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy, its staff, or by another IASTI member institute. The rest of the training hours will evaluated by the staff of the Institute to determine their acceptability toward certification.
Complete of 150 Hours of Personal & Professional 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.
You are encouraged to discuss with the Institute staff the different possible activities to make certain that they will apply. You will log these activities onto the Activity Log Sheet and, when the 150 hours are complete, submit that with your Application.
Complete Application and Pay Fee
After you have determined that you possess the required practice degree, have completed 50 hours of training in Solution-Focused practices, and have completed 150 hours of appropriate personal & professional Solution-Focused activities, you will submit the Application for Certification, which is available from the Institute’s website. This application will, besides asking for basic contact and general education and work experience information, also ask for a listing of the specific training that you have had in Solution-Focused practices. In addition, you will attach the Log of Personal & Professional Activities to the application. Your application will be reviewed by the Institute staff to determine if you have met the initial requirements, and that your direct training is acceptable.
There is a $150 Application and Exam fee required at the time the initial Application for Certification is submitted. If for some reason you do not qualify for the Certificate --- for example, you do not possess the requisite degree in a service field, or your training hours are not acceptable --- you will receive a full refund. If your initial application is accepted, but you later do not take or pass the exam, your fee will not be refunded.
Once the initial Application for Certification has been approved, the exam will be scheduled. The purpose of the exam will be to demonstrate your basic knowledge of the foundations, history, tenets, of Solution-Focused practice; to show an example of how you use Solution-Focused practices in your work; and to demonstrate how you have integrated your training, personal & professional activities with your practice in your field.
The exam will consist of three parts:
1. Objective Test: You will take a multiple-choice objective test on the history, foundations, and tenets of Solution-Focused practices. The exact procedures for taking this test will be determined at a later date. You must receive at least 70% to pass this objective test component, and you must pass it before the rest of your exam will be evaluated.
2. Case Study: You will submit a written case-study exemplifying how you use Solution-Focused practice with in your work. There will be a specific format to follow, which will be available at a later date.
3. Oral Interview: This will be the final chance to demonstrate your knowledge and fluidity with Solution-Focused practice. One of the Institute staff will interview you, most likely over Skype unless other arrangements are made, to discuss your training, your personal & professional activities, and how you have integrated these into your work. This will obviously be a subjective evaluation, to determine how well you have integrated your training in Solution-Focused practices with your work.
If You Do not Pass the Exam
It should be noted that the purpose of this exam is not to “weed out” people, but to assure that those who wish to be certified actually possess the requisite knowledge, training, experience, to call themselves Solution-Focused practitioners. Our intention is to help those who desire the certification.
If you do not pass the exam, we will make all efforts to work with you to be able to pass it at a later date. In those situations, we make recommend further training, or further study, or both. We may suggest more time pass where you can have experience working in a Solution-Focused way.
In all cases, the decision of the Institute to award the International Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate rests solely with the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy. Taking training from us, or submitting an Application for Certification alone does not guarantee certification from the Institute. You must meet all training and personal & professional activity requirements , and pass all three sections of the exam before the certificate is awarded.
The training in Solution-Focused practices offered by the Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy does not constitute nor replace clinical or administrative supervision. The training offered is solely educational. The clinical, educational, social service, or business consultative work performed by trainees is the trainees sole responsibility. It is the responsibility of the trainee to obtain supervision, both clinical and administrative, from appropriate professionals.
The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy further assumes no responsibility for the clinical, educational, social service, business consulting, or any other professional work of those professionals who received educational training from the Institute or its staff. All responsibilities and liabilities rest with the professionals providing those services.