Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Overview

This noncredit online course is for therapists from all over the world, including practitioners from the U.S., Australia, Europe, Asia and South Africa. A true community of professionals has been established to learn, discuss and practice the current theories and strategies of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

SFBT examines the philosophical foundation of social constructivism, successful termination criteria in goal negotiations and the SFBT approach of interviewing for solutions.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the theoretical differences between problem-solving and solution-building treatment models
  • Identify the solution-building conversations when listening in, or observing a session
  • Plan and carry out a “solution-building conversation” with clients

Course Requirements

It is important to note that the following book and DVD are required for the course. Video clips from the DVD are part of the assignments and discussion. Professional books can be expensive, and we encourage you to research the best pricing options, so you are aware of the cost prior to committing to the online course. We have found the book and DVD available from many different vendors including those that sell used books as well as those that rent text books. These can be good options for those on a budget. Please plan ahead since shipping times may vary depending on your location.


DeJong, P. & Berg, I. K. (2008). Interviewing for solutions (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Brooks Cole. (purchase through,, or any other online bookstore)


(We are purposefully using the 3rd edition and not later revisions since this was the last edition with which Insoo Kim Berg was personally involved. Used copies of this edition are also usually readily found online at a more affordable price. Should you have difficulty finding the 3rd edition, we can make other editions work. The accompanying video from the 4th edition can be purchased separately from online book stores should your 3rd edition not come with one.)


DeJong, P. & Berg, I. K. (2008). DVD for interviewing for solutions, (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Brooks Cole. (purchase through,, or any other online bookstore)



Access to Course Site
Look for an email approximately one week prior to the couse start date with instructions on setting up your username and password and how to access the online course site.

Course Requirements
This is an instructor-facilitated, online, asynchronous (self-paced) course. You are required to have regular access to a computer with an internet connection (with the recommendation of having a high-speed connection such as DSL or cable modem). You are also required to have a recent version of Microsoft Office Suite or comparable program to include Microsoft Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets), and PowerPoint (presentations) in order to both view and create documents needed to participate in this course.

Each week you receive readings and assignments to complete. Each week you are expected to log in and complete assignments within the deadlines given in order to be awarded CEUs and the certificate of completion. However, within the deadline, you can complete the readings and assignments at your leisure.

Certificates of Completion are mailed within two weeks after the last day of class.

Dates and locations to be announced.


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