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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

2024 SFBTA Research award

The SFBTA Research Awards are aimed at fostering the growth of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy by encouraging original research in solution-focused practices, and to support students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians who wish to study solution-focused practices. The 2024 SFBTA Research Awards will provide up to $1,500.00 to support ongoing or proposed project(s). 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.
Deadline of submission: July 15, 2024

2024 SFBTA Research Award Call 

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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