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The SFBTA Research Committee serves to advance the knowledge and training of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for clinicians and researchers.

The mission and goals of the Research Committee are to:

  • Serve as the official research arm of SFBTA
  • Encourage research in SFBT
  • Help SFBTA serve as a clearinghouse for research in SFBT via its website
  • Provide research materials and consultation to those interested in pursuing research in SFBT
  • Maintain a state of the art Treatment Manual, fidelity instrument, and other appropriate instruments and measures to be used by SFBT researchers
  • Develop guidelines and make recommendations to the board for research awards

Apply to win the SFBTA Research Award

The 2023 SFBTA Research Awards will provide up to $1,500.00 to support ongoing or proposed project(s), funding on individual projects will depend on the number of projects being awarded. Priority will be given to research that supports empirical evidence of SFBT practices, mechanisms of change, meta-analyses on SFBT interventions or other research, which could directly or indirectly investigate the effectiveness of SFBT practices.

Application proposals must be received by the SFBTA Research Committee by September 1, 2023. The recipient(s) of the award will be notified by September 30, 2023, and the official award announcement will be made at the 2023 SFBTA Research Day, October 19, 2023. The funds will be made available immediately after the online Conference. The recipient of the Research Awards should plan to attend the online annual conference Research Day for the award announcement. For information re: eligibility, proposal outline, and assessment criteria, Click Here

For further information, or to submit Application Proposals, please contact:
Mo Yee Lee, PhD

SFBTA Research Award Committee


SFBT and National Evidence-Based Registries

SAMHSA NREPP: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is now included in Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (SAMHSA NREPP). Solution-Focused Group Therapy has met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and has been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination. This is another important milestone for SFBT and many thanks to Teri Pichot, Sara Smock Jordan, Terry Trepper, Johnny Kim, and Cynthia Franklin for working with NREPP to get this reviewed and on the national evidence-based registry!

SFBT Treatment Manual

SFBT Treatment Manual English Version
Janet Bavelas, Peter De Jong, Cynthia Franklin, Adam Froerer, Wallace Gingerich, Johnny Kim, Harry Korman, Stephen Langer, Mo Yee Lee, Eric E. McCollum, Sara Smock Jordan, and Terry S. Trepper have developed a SFBT treatment manual for working with individuals. 

SFBT Treatment Manual Spanish Version
Special thanks to Dr. Karla Gonzalez Suitt, Enrique Puebla and Humberto Camarena for their contribution to the Spanish version. Please click here for the Spanish SFBTA Manual. (Esta traducción fue realizada para lectores de Chile y Latino América. Si quisiera sugerir cambios, por favor contactar a Karla Gonzalez Suitt en la siguiente dirección de correo electrónico kgonzale@uc.cl).

SFBT Treatment Manual French Version
Special thanks to Brigitte Lavoie, Isabelle Prince and Sharon Casey for their contribution to the French version. Please click here for the French SFBTA Manual.(Cette traduction a été réalisée pour des lecteurs et lectrices du Québec et du Canada. Si vous souhaitez y apporter des modifications, veuillez svp communiquer avec Brigitte Lavoie à l’adresse suivante: lavoie.solutions@bell.net).

About the association

The SFBTA is dedicated to fostering the exchange of ideas and practices in the field of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. We aim to provide research awards, scholarships, and/or fellowships to further the development of the field of solution-focused brief therapy. We are committed to holding an annual conference.



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