Solution-Focused Business Professional Certificate
Problem-solving methods that are proven and effective are integral to creating positive change within an organization. The Solution-Focused Business Professional (SFBP) Certificate focuses on learning and adopting tools of the Solution-Focused (SF) approach. Pioneered by Marc McKergow, the SF method allows managers, coaches, consultants and facilitators to enhance their skill sets to build on what is working rather than fixing what isn’t. Using this powerful and pragmatic approach, you work directly with Dr. McKergow to address real-world problems specific to your organization’s needs. Following this 16-week online program, you achieve a full understanding of the SF method and use it to address situations that all business professionals face.
After enrollment, you will receive an email approximately one week prior to the class start date with instructions on how to access the online course. As an instructor-facilitated online course, you are required to have routine access to high-speed internet. Additionally, a recent version of Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint along with a course DVD and textbook are required. The course includes weekly assignments that follow stated deadlines. Upon completion, your certificate will be mailed to you within two weeks after the last day of class.
- Identify different types of problems and assess how best to apply SF methods
- Formulate a robust methodology to address problems in an individual, team and organizational context
- Apply the six SF principles to your coaching and managerial practices
- Evaluate your current workplace projects using the SF approach
- Create a strategy to implement real, positive change in a wide range of work settings
- Demonstrate your solution building in one-on-one and group settings
View the Outline.
Week 1 (3.5 hours): Introduction: What do we mean by Solution-Focused?
Week 2 (3 hours): SIMPLE principles and tools introduction: elseing and affirm tool, possibilities from past, present and future
Week 3 (3 hours): Future perfect tool and the difference between future perfects, goals and targets
Week 4 (3 hours): Platform tool and the customer for change
Week 5 (3 hours): Scaling and counters tools
Week 6 (3 hours): Small actions and putting the tools together (plus start full-on coaching relationships between participants)
Week 7 (3 hours): Tools for teams
Week 8 (4 hours): Solution-Focused and Organizational Development: organizational change contexts and midpoint check-in
Week 9 (3 hours): In between, not individual: the interactional view, emergence and complexity
Week 10 (3 hours): Solution-Focused and performance reviews and appraisals
Week 11 (3 hours): Solution-Focused reflecting teams in action
Week 12 (3 hours): Solution-Focused leadership and the leader as host
Week 13 (3 hours): Wittgenstein and narrative emergence
Week 14 (3 hours): Connections and differences with other approaches: NLP, appreciative inquiry, positive psychology, etc.
Week 15 (3 hours): Solution-Focused evaluations
Week 16 (3.5 hours): Closing review: What’s Better?
Earn the certificate at your convenience by completing the 16-week online program.
Date: Oct 24, 2021-Mar 6, 2022
Delivery Method: Online
Instructor: Mark McKergow PhD
$1,595 by Oct 10
$1,795 after Oct 10
CEUs: 5.0, CEHs: 50
Enrollment Limit: 30
Program Number: 7740-14016
Note: A link to access the online classroom will be emailed within a few weeks of the course start date. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Registration Deadline: Oct 24
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