What is Solution Focused Practice?

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Solution Focused Practice is a future-oriented, competency-based approach, with a solid evidence-based practice and a robust body of research.  It has roots at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California and in social constructivism, and strong links to neuroscience.  With a strong influence from the brilliant psychiatrist, Milton Erickson, it was developed by Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and their colleagues at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They spent more than 25 years observing hundreds of hours of therapy sessions and carefully paying attention to the questions, behaviors, and emotions that helped clients form realistic, achievable, real-life solutions with sustainable results. 


SFBT highlights the client's capabilities and helps them adopt an alternative perspective on their future to build a more realistic and optimistic perspective and help them be aware of their successes, both past and present. It is a pragmatic approach, and draws from what has worked and is working in a person's life and build's on these successes to co-create small steps that the client is invested in doing. This model of counseling and consultation began in the therapy room and has been successfully expanded to many other settings. such as education, hospitals. prisons,  government policy, corporate setting, social services and many more. 

The Solution Focused approach has become a highly effective model in education, coaching, consultancy and organizational development.

Which Intake Works Best for You?


2021 Level 1 Training:  Certified Solution Focused Practitioner

Program Requirements, 50 Hours

Basic Degree  |  Equivalent of 6 days of Training

(42 hrs)  |  Supervision + Oral Exam (4 hrs)

Self - Study (4 hrs)

Course Fee

US $2,300

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Intake 1:  Jan – Mar 2021, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Foundations of SFBT Part 1: 20 – 21 Jan

Foundations of SFBT Part 2: 22 – 23 Feb

Microskills in SFBT | 22 - 23  Mar

Intake 2:  May – Jul 2021, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Foundations of SFBT Part 1:  4 – 5 May

Foundations of SFBT Part 2:  31 May & 2 Jun

Microskills in SFBT:  26 – 27 Jul

Intake 3:  Sep – Nov 2021, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Foundations of SFBT Part 1:  6 – 7 Sep

Foundations of SFBT Part 2:  4 – 5 Oct

Microskills in SFBT:  15 – 16 Nov

2021 Level 2 Training:  Advanced

Solution Focused Practitioner


Module 1:  SFBT Supervision, 13 - 14 Sep

Module 2:  SFBT with Trauma, 11 - 12 Oct

Module 3:  SFBT with Groups, 8 - 9 Nov

Course Fee: US $2,300

2022 Level 3 Training: Master Solution Focused Practitioner (Dates Pending)

Module 1:  SFBT with Couples & Families

Module 2:  SFBT with Youth Coaching

Module 3:  SFBT Grief & Loss

Course Fee: US $2,300

Certifications We Offer

Level 1 Certification:  Certified Solution Focused Practitioner

Level 2 Certification:  Certified Advanced Solution Focused Practitioner

Level 3 Certification:  Certified Master Solution Focused Practitioner 

Training Format for the Course

  • Conducted live using a platform called Zoom

  • Download at www.zoom.us onto your device; a link will be sent before each session

  • Need a laptop or tablet and headset and a good internet connection.

International Appeal

  • Convenient for those that live outside Singapore and cannot easily travel

  • Makes SF training and certification available to international practitioners

"When Debbie first introduced me to SF as a therapist, I thought I would simply be adding a ‘positive’ perspective to my basket of tools and techniques. What I discovered was a philosophy, a mindset which changed my life and set me off on an adventure, seeking solutions, instead of digging for problems. I loved the authenticity and wonder of exploring and discovering ‘what’s working’, like a child opening a longed-for present on her birthday, and I carry that with me always."  -- Lilian Ing,  Reg Clin Psych (MA), Executive Coach (PCC-ICF)