Summer Intensive Certificate Program in Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice

Summer Intensive Certificate Program in Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice

Date: 7/17/17 – 7/21/17

Place: Framingham State University, Framingham MA

Sponsored by Framingham State University

Please note that if you have any difficulties with registration, contact Anne Miller or call at 508-215-5837.

The Solution-Focused Summer Intensive provides a rigorous 5- day certificate program in Solution-Focused Fundamentals and Practice. Yvonne Dolan and  Anne Lutz invite you to visit Framingham State University, just 25 miles from Boston, providing a peaceful university close to Boston. This intensive will provide the fundamentals of the solution-focused approach, applications of this approach with substance use, trauma, schools, the medical setting, supervision/coaching and research in the field. The workshop will be taught using a combination of didactics, role-plays, ample video examples, exercises and case discussions. There will be plenty of opportunities to network, build relationships and have a forum to exchange and collaborate on ideas.

There will be readings, videos and practice exercises provided outside of the training to fulfill  requirements for certification.

Pricing (Not including accommodations): $1199.00 for the full week.

Early Bird Registration: $1099.00 if register prior to 4/1/16
Register for Summer Intensive Certificate Program


Solution Focused Academic Advising:  A Tool to Promote Retention

Date: To be announced

Framingham State University

Academic advising has been identified as a key factor in student retention. Advising is often mandated to obtain permission to register for courses and/or progress through an academic major.  The nature of the advising is multifaceted; advisors often serve as counselors to students who need guidance for majors  and career decision- making and support to facilitate problem solving. The charge to develop rapport and an understanding of the student’s work-life balance in one session (15-20 minutes) can be daunting for both advisor and student. The advising role is especially significant when students face academic failure, inability to progress or a loss of status and identity relative to a major.

Given these challenges, a solution-focused approach to advising may be of benefit to the advisor and advisee. The solution-focused approach is a way of having a conversation that emphasizes strengths and what is going well , and provides an opportunity for the advisee and the advisor to visualize a positive outcome.  It is designed to construct a sense of competence and confidence.  This approach may be particularly beneficial with struggling and anxious students given its emphasis on increasing academic self-efficacy and self-regulated learning which can enhance executive functioning and foster grit.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the solution-focused approach and how to apply it in academic advising. Participants will be  asked to share their advising dilemmas and role-play using solution-focused tools. Handouts will provide suggested solution-focused approaches salient to advising. The workshop is designed so participants will be able to immediately apply the solution-focused strategies learned.