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Saturday, November 11th, 2017 ~ Main conference

The following codes indicate workshop tracks and apply to all Workshop Sessions although participants should feel free to attend any workshop:

B - Beginner
I - Intermediate to Advanced Exploration of Basic Solution-Focused Interventions/Principles
A - All level
7:00am-7:45am Yoga & Stretch with Mark (Room # TBD)
7:45am-9:00am Registration and Refreshments
9:00am-10:15am Workshop Session 4
The High Performance working team! Solution Focused Workplace: Monica Rotner (Room # TBD)
An interactive opportunity as we play with applications of Solution Focused Tools in building high performance working teams that can implement change and have fun doing it! Explore, through activity, the co-creation of work cultures of curiosity, continuous feedback, and flexibility.
  1. Participants will be able to name three solution focused tools and their application to a high performance working team.
  2. Participants will leave with 2-3 team building activities that they can facilitate with a solution focused twist.
  3. Participants will experience the use of solution focused preferred future activities to develop forward moving working teams.
  4. Participants will work together to identify solution focused team building activities they have used that have worked.
Using the Miracle Question to "Break on Through to the Other Side:" Cami Boyer (Room # TBD)
Have you ever experienced a time when you ask the Miracle Question, and get a blank look in return? Why didn’t it work? Let’s refine our skills of finding what is at the client’s heart, and how we use that information to better help get to the ‘other side’, or solution side of things.
  1. Participants will gain and practice skills of finding what is most important to the client.
  2. Participants will gain and practice skills of fine-tuning to a quality, skill, or trait.
  3. Participants will increase confidence of knowing how and when to use skills to help clients get to the ‘other side.’
You, me, they = we ...co-constructing change! Thomasz Switek (Room # TBD)
Following Steve de Shazer’s suggestion about developing SF ideas rather than preserving previous state of art in SFBT, I want to present you some ideas taken from my 18 of practice in the SFBT field. While still using basic tenets of SFBT, I try to work on the idea "look for and do more of what works". Our workshop will be focused on presenting and experimenting with some ideas which are on the edge of my SF practice.
  1. Participants will know more about Situations Focused model.
  2. Participants will consider utilizing potential sources of client’s resources.
  3. Participants will know more about other therapist activities like e.g. proposing potential answers to the questions.
  4. Participants will practice conversation without questions.
The Delicate Process and Relational Style of Solution Focused Brief Therapy: Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Resemblances in SFBT: Annette BoVee-Akyurek (Room # TBD)
This interactive discussion will begin with a facilitator asking questions to a conversation host about their experience with the SF model. Then participants will be asked to join in the conversation.
  1. Participants will demonstrate Ericksonian resemblances in SFBT.
  2. Participants will bring attention to the significance and relational quality of attentive observation and language, use of strength and resilience, exceptions, and bridging and building in clusters.
  3. Participants will bring attention to the relational and social constructionist quality in the SFBT process necessary in training of developing therapists.
Solution-Focused Approach to Medical Family Therapy: Arlene Brett Gordon, Nika Alakbararova, Carlos Ramos (Room # TBD)
This workshop will explore the incorporation of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in a university medical school/clinic setting’s system of care. The language of solutions brings hope and creativity to patients, doctors, and medical students working together with medical family therapists in a clinical facility.
  1. Participants will understand the benefits of using Solution Focused Brief Therapy in medical family therapy.
  2. Participants will incorporate the basic principles of SFBT into their work with clients facing medical challenges.
  3. Participants will explore ways to incorporate SF language with patients and medical care professionals to effect positive change.
Computerized Solution-Focused Self-Help Program: Development and Demonstration: Rytis Pakrosnis and Viktorija Cepukiene (Room # TBD)
The workshop will be aimed at demonstrating the computerized solution-focused self-help program by presenting idea, development and a case example. The discussion following the presentation will be concentrated around participants’ experience with using self-help and possible pros and cons of utilizing the self-help in their SF practice.
  1. Participants will get to know the computerized Solution-focused self-help program developed by the workshop presenters.
  2. Participants will leave with the ideas on how to employ self-help in their solution-focused practice.
  3. Participants will be able to name at least couple pros of using self-help in their practice.
10:15am -10:45am Break/Refreshments
10:45am-12:00pm Workshop Session 5
Veterans: What Works:Mark Mitchell, Rachel Coleman, Trina Richardson, Lisa Koffman, Patrick Vermont, Isidro Carreno, Nickolas Bailey, Justin Gibson, Deborah Simon (Room # TBD)
This lively presentation and discussion will focus on how we can keep a solution focused approach with problem saturated issues. And how this approach can help veterans & family members. We will take a SF approach with the following issues: mental illness & vets, substance abuse, transition, & identity, suicide, & how to work with family members.
  1. Participants will learn SF techniques for each of the issues presented.
  2. Participants with learn techniques for dealing with military culture.
  3. Participants will learn prevention methods for counselor self-care.
The Process of Highly Effective Coaching: A solution-focused framework: Robert Hicks (Room # TBD)
This presentation introduces the “Foursquare Coaching Framework.”  This practical framework provides a cognitive structure for navigating the landscape of a coaching conversation. It allows coaches to know, moment-by-moment, where the conversation is within that landscape and to make informed choices as to the solution-focused inquiries available to achieve client outcomes.
  1. Participants will be introduced to the Foursquare Coaching Framework and how to use it as a cognitive map to guide their coaching conversations.
  2. Participants will learn how Solution Focused methods and practices are used within the Framework and how the Framework follows the five basic assumptions of SFBT.
  3. Participants will be shown how the use of the Foursquare Coaching Framework exhibits the competencies identified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for their certification process.
Effectiveness of SFBT for Couples raising ASD Children: Brie Turns and Brandon Eddy (Room # TBD)
This workshop will review a study that assessed the effectiveness of SFBT for couples who are raising a child with autism. The workshop will also cover couples reflections and experiences with the model. Participants will discuss how the results can further benefit this unique population.
  1. Participants will be able to identify the challenges and strengths of using SFBT for couples raising a child with autism.
  2. Participants will be able to create variations of the miracle question while still adhering to SFBT tenets.
  3. Participants will be able to identify how to remain true to SFBT while altering questions to meet the needs of families raising a child with autism.
Using Microanalysis to Improve, Teach, and Supervise SFBT Skills: Peter De Jong, Haesun Moon, Bo Yon Koh (Room # TBD)
The essence of doing SFBT is scanning clients’ language for what they might want, their competencies, and building with them from there. This interactive workshop demonstrates how the findings and skills of doing microanalysis research can be applied to improving one’s own SF skills, as well as teaching and supervising others in SF skills.
  1. Participants will reflect on and articulate their understanding of the essence of doing SFBT.
  2. Participants will understand the meaning of “listen, select, & build” as a useful description of the essence of SFBT and recognize the process in a video clip.
  3. Participants will understand how SFBT’s practice of continuously working with the language of the client can be enhanced through the use of microanalysis and ELAN.
  4. Participants will practice and discuss using microanalysis and ELAN to enhance their SFBT skills
  5. Participants will understand how they can adopt the same activities to effectively teach and supervise others in SFBT skills.
  6. Participants will understand how the presenters have used microanalysis and ELAN in their own learning, teaching, and supervising of SFBT skills.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy in a Pastoral Context: Marc Coulter (Room # TBD)
Grief, bereavement, end of life issues, and existential questions are just a few of the concerns clients might want to address in counseling. This interactive and informative workshop will explore how clinicians might utilize a solution focused approach while engaging in spiritually supportive conversations with clients regardless of faith tradition.
  1. Participants will increase basic knowledge of SFBT and discover how this applies to clients in a pastoral care setting.
  2. Participants will increase comfort level and skills in incorporating SFBT in a pastoral clinical care setting.
  3. Participants will increase ability to have a spiritually based solution-focused conversation.
  4. Participants will increase knowledge of how to identify what works in sessions with clients in a pastoral setting.
  5. Participants will provide a forum in which participants can share ideas and concerns about working as a solution focused pastoral care giver and generate information on how to address concerns.
  6. Participants will examine potential future areas for solution-focused professionals to explore with this population.
Solution-Focused Skills Create a Trauma-Informed Environment: Samantha Koury, Denise J. Krause, Susan Green (Room # TBD)
The presenters will review the values/principles of trauma-informed care and share specific examples of how solution-focused language creates a trauma-informed environment. Using a creative “speed dating” approach, participants will practice solution-focused questions while tracking trauma-informed values/principles. An Easy-Guide reference to the values/principles and matching solution-focused skills will be available.
  1. Participants will understand how solution-focused practices can create trauma-informed environments.
  2. Participants will identify specific solution-focused skills that can anchor the five values/principles of trauma-informed care.
  3. Participants will engage with one another about how they already use solution-focused skills to create trauma-informed environments.
  4. Participants will identify aspects of Solution-Focused Trauma-Informed Care (SF-TIC) that they will use in their own work moving forward.
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch: On Your Own
1:30pm-2:45pm Workshop Session 6
Hope-Focused Solutions: A Relational Hope Focus of the Solution-Building Stages in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Jenna Wilson (Room # TBD)
Despite its importance in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, how SFBT therapists build hope in the solution-building process is often unexplored in training. To remedy this shortcoming, I will discuss how the hope-building process is in relationship to solution-building. Utilizing the SFBT listen, select, and build processes, participants will gain an understanding of how hope-focused solutions are built between therapist and client while progressing within and across the five SFBT solution-building stages. This approach to hope-building in SFBT is based upon the qualitative research of videos and transcripts of SFBT co-creator Insoo Kim Berg’s published cases and the findings of, the presenter, Dr. Wilson's dissertation research.
  1. Participants will learn the basic steps in developing focus and hope in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
  2. Participants will gain an understanding of how the basic assumptions of Solution Focused Brief Therapy are used to develop the pragmatics of hope and respect.
  3. Participants will learn the four interrelated SFBT hopefulness patterns and how Insoo Kim Berg managed the timing and pacing of hope and solution building within and across her sessions.
  4. Participants will learn how to recognize and manage the pragmatics of hopefulness and solution development based on the work of Insoo Kim Berg’s cases in order to apply Solution-Focused Brief Therapy more relationally within and across the five SFBT stages.
Silence, Absence, and Presence in Solution Focused Work: Patricia Casamo and Dvorah Simon (Room # TBD)
Inherently SFBT has organic and dynamic parts. When practiced, the form embodies the content and creates a stillness and presence for the emerging solution. Allow two SFBT old souls to teach you to use presence to guide you toward establishing the awareness, language, and unique skills to bring forth mindful solutions.
  1. Participants will learn and apply relaxation techniques to enhance the SFBT process.
  2. Participants will learn the usefulness of "mindful moments" in releasing the social default and opening the space for creative solution.
  3. Participants will learn about their own preferred ways of inviting silence, absence, and presence in SFBT work.
Telling stories and co-constructing difference. The art of storytelling in SFBT: Dina Bednar (Room # TBD)
The latest brain research demonstrates that learning and change happens best when these three components are activated: a positive emotion, discussions of relevant facts/interest, and novelty. This workshop will explore how metaphors, stories and even jokes can create novelty and the difference that makes a difference in solution-focused work.
  1. Participants will know the historical use of stories, analogies, metaphors and jokes in therapy including the work of Dr. Milton Erickson.
  2. Participants will know the brain research that supports the use of novelty for effective change.
  3. Participants will understand how stories, analogies, metaphors and jokes can offer clients new ways of looking at problems, capture their attention (novelty), seed possibilities, and even evoke strengths, resources and abilities.
  4. Participants will be able to learn the art of telling stories, etc. as specific and intentional interventions and the good reasons to do it.
  5. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the stories that have influenced them and the stories they use to influence others.
Developing an Action Plan for Professional Development that Honors and Incorporates the Values, Philosophy, and Mission of the Individual and Clinical Setting: Helen Taylor Yates (Room # TBD)
Participants in this interactive workshop will explore the philosophies and values that inform their work with clients using Solution Focused Brief Therapy techniques.  They will be guided in the creation of a person-centered professional action plan containing positive goals that build on their personal strengths, values and philosophy of helping.
  1. Participants will identify the values and mission of the agency or setting in which they work with clients, as well as their own professional values.
  2. Participants will identify the most important values that they would like to incorporate into their work with clients.
  3. Participants will create an action plan that utilizes Solution Focused strategies for incorporating their values into a set of goals for developing their work with clients.
Solution-Focused Model with LGBTQ Youth and Adolescents: Leslie Guditis, Carol Messmore, Lee Shilts (Room # TBD)
Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is an optimistic therapeutic process in which the therapist focuses on developing a strong alliance with the client toward exploring competencies exclusive to the client's unique views. The presenters of this workshop have experienced the basic tenets of this model to align in a productive manner when working with LGBTQ youth and adolescents. Case study examples with be presented to highlight their therapeutic utilization of the model.
  1. Participants will learn vocabulary and explore statistics.
  2. Participants will discuss ethical issues that may arise in work with transgender youth/adolescents.
  3. Participants will learn developmental issues associated with and related to gender identity and gender non-conformity and how that may impact the family.
  4. Participants will learn about possible SFBT interventions that may support transgender youth and adolescents and their families.
Find the fun and snap - Introduce SF with ease to your audience: Eszter Fruzsina Boross (Room # TBD)
"Solution Focused? Never heard of that before." said the boy. "Now boy, watch this and think again" As a SF practitioner, how can we help our audience to learn about SF tools and approach in a way that is familiar to them? Let’s say, through a piece of cinema. During the workshop, we will utilize a tool that is front of our eyes: a movie. In this particular workshop, it is a well-known piece of art, Mary Poppins. We will experience and witness together how SF tools and mindset can be observed, learned and practiced with ease - like a snap.
  1. Participants will explore a new tool to introduce SF.
  2. Participants will have an idea of how they can incorporate this new tool into their way of work.
  3. Participants will practice spotting and naming strength of themselves and others.
2:45pm-3:15pm Break/Refreshments
3:15pm-4:30pm Closing Plenary:
Topic to be Announced Soon!