Institute News

Spring Courses in SFBT Announced -- Three courses with Yvonne Dolan on Solution-Focused Practices will be offered at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. These all can be used toward the direct training requirement for Certification in Solution Focused Practices. 

Yvonne Dolan Interview: What is Solution Focused Therapy: See

 Yvonne Dolan interviewed by French filmaker Chrisitan LeBras about Solution-Focused Therapy.

Anne Lutz' new book Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide just published by American Psychiatric Association.

Anne Lutz, MD, joins the Institute as new Director of Training.  The Institute will be expanding our in-house training programs in the New England area with Anne's joining us. Read more ...

International Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate now offered by the Institute.The Institute is a founding member of IASTI, the International Alliance of Solution-Focused Teaching Institutes.

Yvonne Dolan's Five Tips For Solution Focused Therapy Yvonne offers tips for Solution-Focused Therapists

Yvonne Dolan's Reflections on Solution Focused Therapy. Here is an article on Yvonne's experiences and reflections on the history of SFBT.

Treatment Manual for SFBT. A treatment manual for SFBT researchers, program developers, and others, can be downloaded here.


The International Solution-Focused Practitioner Certificate

Offered through the Institute, in conjunction with IASTI.

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Solution-Focused Therapy Books By Institute Associates

Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide, by Anne Bodmer Lutz.

More Than Miracles: The State of the Art of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, by Steve de Shazer and Yvonne Dolan

Tales of Solutions: A Collection of Hope Inspiring Stories, by Insoo Kim Berg and Yvonne Dolan

Resolving Sexual Abuse: Solution-Focused Therapy & Ericksonian Hypnosis for Survivors, by Yvonne Dolan.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: An Evidenced-Based Approach, by Cynthia Franklin, Terry Trepper, Wallace Gingerich, and Eric McCollum

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About The Institute

The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy is committed to providing outstanding training and research in the growing field of Solution-focused Brief Therapy. Over the years we have offered training to thousands of therapists, educators, and business people all over the world, and have provided counseling and therapy for a wide array of presenting problems. We also have been involved in state of the art research, and our staff are known internationally as leaders in the field.

What is Solution-Focused Therapy?

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), also called simply Solution-Focused Therapy, is an evidenced-based psychotherapy approach that was developed by Steve de Shazer (1940-2005), and Insoo Kim Berg (1934-2007) and their colleagues beginning in the late 1970’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As the name suggests, SFBT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy.


SFBT has not only become one of the leading schools of brief therapy, it has become a major influence in such diverse fields as business, social policy, education, and criminal justice services, child welfare, domestic violence offenders treatment.  More



A Brief Overview to Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Yvonne Dolan




What Does the Research Say About Solution-Focused Brief Therapy?

The conclusion of the two meta-analyses and the systematic reviews, and the over-all conclusion of the most recent scholarly work on SFBT, is that Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is an effective approach to the treatment of psychological problems, with effect sizes similar to other evidenced-based approaches, such as CBT and IPT, but that these effects are found in fewer average sessions, and using an approach style that is more benign (Gingerich et al, 2012; Trepper & Franklin, 2012).  More....


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