Introduction To Solution Focused Therapy

Learn how to use a solution focused approach, & what the benefits are of integrating this approach into the work you do
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 4.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

This course on an 'Introduction To Solution Focused Therapy' is taught over a number of video lectures. There is also a solution focused therapy demonstration and annotated transcript of the session.

The course explores and includes:

  • The solution focused approach
  • Why the approach is useful
  • Many of the main solution focused techniques
  • Examples of solution focused sentences
  • Recommended reading list
  • Structuring Solution Focused Sessions
  • An article outlining the effectiveness of using a solution focused approach
  • PDF of a PowerPoint of the course content
  • Solution Focused Therapy Session Audio Demonstration
  • Annotated Transcript of the Solution Focused Therapy Session Demonstration (Explaining what the therapist is doing, what techniques are being used, and why the therapist is doing what they are doing)

The course is made up of video lectures, audio tracks, PDF documents and additional text. The course can be completed in about three hours, but if you read through everything, listen to the demonstration and do additional study and recapping it can take longer.

The course is structured to take you on a journey from how the solution focused approach developed, then giving you an overview and starting from the bigger picture, before narrowing in on why it is useful to use a solution focused approach and the key benefits of using a solution focused approach, and then into solution focused techniques like looking for exceptions to the problem, establishing what people really want and where the client is in relation to what they want to achieve/how close are they to the goal already and what are they already doing towards that goal.

You will learn how to evidence your work, by gathering information on how successful you are, which is invaluable in the current climate of expectation that everyone works in an evidence-based way. And you will learn how to use language and questions to identify client resources, strengths and goals, and help to move clients forwards.

The course is ideal for those that are new to the solution focused approach, as well as those experienced in therapy, NLP or life coaching and related fields that are looking for something to compliment and enhance their skills.

Dan Jones, the course tutor, has had over twenty years of experience with solution focused working and has used the approach in a variety of settings from business leadership, to residential care homes, parent and family work, working with teenagers and children and a wide range of clients with problems ranging from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and confidence issues, to insomnia, addictions and anger problems. He has written a number of books on the topic and had his research on using a solution focused approach to reduce youth crime published in the peer reviewed journal 'Human Givens'.

What are the requirements?

  • An open and inquisitive mind, and willingness to learn
  • Software for playing Mp3's may be required if you are downloading the Mp3's
  • PDF viewer may be required to view the PDF's, especially if you are downloading them
  • Printer, if you are wanting to print the handouts and other written material

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you will be able to identify how to move a situation on towards a successful conclusion
  • In this course you will learn how to identify what is working well in relation to a problem, what needs to happen to move on or overcome problems, how to identify what people want, rather than focusing on what they don't want, how to measure success so that you can evidence-base your work, and how to get results quicker

Who is the target audience?

  • Counsellors
  • Life Coaches
  • NLP Practitioners
  • Hypnotherapists
  • Business Professionals
  • Beginners Interested In, Or Training In NLP, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, Counselling and Management

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Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Introductory video explaining what you can expect from this course, who I am and what my experience is, and what you will learn, and the goals and objectives from attending this course.


An introduction to how Solution Focused Therapy developed, explaining its history from Milton H Erickson MD's work through to the Mental Research Institute and on to the work and contributions of Insoo Kim Berg, Steve De Shazer, and Bill O'Hanlon's contribution.


A list of recommended reading to compliment your learning through this course.

Section 2: Solution Focused Therapy

An introduction to using a solution focused approach


The big picture takes an overview look at the solution focused approach and the advantages of using this approach

Why Use Solution Focused Therapy

A lecture about some of the key benefits of using a solution focused approach


A lecture about the how solution focused approach is directed towards the present and future rather than the past

10 questions

Recapping what you have learnt from the solution focused therapy section

Section 3: Solution Focused Therapy Techniques

A brief introduction to the types of solution focused therapy techniques that will be discussed over the lectures in this section of the course


A lecture about problem free talk, and why it is helpful to sometimes not talk about the problem


A lecture about the importance of looking for pre-session change.


Lecture on the solution focused therapy technique of scaling, and how scaling can be used both therapeutically and also to evidence-base your work.


A lecture on the solution focused therapy technique of establishing what a clients best hopes are, both for the therapy session and for therapy overall


A lecture on the solution focused therapy technique of looking for exceptions.


This lecture discusses presuppositions and how they can be helpful to use within solution focused therapy

15 questions

Recapping what you have learnt about solution focused therapy techniques

Section 4: Additional Learning

This lecture discusses some other useful pointers and ideas to consider when doing solution focused therapy.


Lecture covering solution focused therapy example questions. You can listen to these questions with a problem in mind or a client in mind and think about the responses to the questions for yourself or the client you have in mind. You may want to pause the video after each question to give thought to answers that you, or a client of yours may say.


Here are some notes on structuring a solution focused session. They cover structuring the first session, and then ways of approaching the second and subsequent sessions based on the responses you get from the client.

Section 5: Solution Focused Therapy Demonstration

This is a solution focused therapy demonstration about a client wanting to be able to say 'No'. The audio session ends at the point I move on to asking the client to close his eyes and just mentally rehearse situations where he is appropriately saying 'No' and feeling confident with this. I have the client mentally rehearse watching himself saying 'No' and then replay that mental rehearsal and have him associated into the mental rehearsal 'experiencing' what it is like to be saying 'No' and then end with asking him how confident he now feels to say 'No' when it is suitable and appropriate to do so. I didn't include this bit in the audio session clip (or transcript) because it is just me talking, guiding the client through a mental rehearsal based on what he has said, and not really demonstrating any aspects of solution focused working.

21 pages

This is the transcripts for the solution focused therapy demonstration about a client wanting to be able to say 'No'. The transcript (and audio session) ends at the point I move on to asking the client to close his eyes and just mentally rehearse situations where he is appropriately saying 'No' and feeling confident with this. I have the client mentally rehearse watching himself saying 'No' and then replay that mental rehearsal and have him associated into the mental rehearsal 'experiencing' what it is like to be saying 'No' and then end with asking him how confident he now feels to say 'No' when it is suitable and appropriate to do so. I didn't include this bit in the transcript because it is just me talking guiding him through a mental rehearsal based on what he has said, and not really demonstrating any aspects of solution focused working.

11 pages

Article about using a solution focused approach with parents to reduce their youth's anti-social behaviour and youth offending. This article talks about my research findings and uses a case study from the start to show how each part of what is being covered in the article was used within that case.

Section 6: Rounding Up

This is the complete audio track of the whole of this course, except for the introductory videos and conclusion video, and the solution focused therapy demonstration. You can download this audio track and then listen and recap the course content in your own time.

19 pages

This is a PDF of the initial PowerPoint presentation slides for this course which can be downloaded, printed and you can add notes to.


The concluding lecture summarising what has been covered on this course.


This lecture is a solution focused hypnotherapy session demonstration. It is edited session rather than the full hour long session. The client wanted to lose weight, quit smoking and stop drinking cola, she achieved all of this and a decade later still maintains the results all from this one single session. This isn't high quality video due to its age and the equipment I had available to me at the time which is why it is in the bonus lecture section at the end of this course. I don't often get opportunities to do therapy sessions on camera with permission of clients, so I don't have any high quality recorded solution focused therapy videos currently.

Students have asked if it would be possible for me to share some video therapy sessions so that they can see me using solution focused approach with real therapy clients.

I have chosen this video specifically because I edited it when I was teaching a Solution Focused Therapy course to local authority staff (so I needed to minimise my mentioning of hypnosis - my preference is to have clients close their eyes and 'hypnotically' do mental rehearsal) and as part of my editing I added in notes about what I was doing throughout the video which I thought would be useful for students here.

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Instructor Biography

Daniel Jones, UK's Top Hypnotherapy Trainer & #1 Amazon Bestselling Author

'Dan Jones has sold over 100,000 books, 500,000+ of his Self-Hypnosis Mp3's downloaded, over 2 million view of his videos and over twenty years experience with hypnosis, therapy and the healing arts'

Dan Jones is a best selling self-published author and hypnotherapy trainer with Asperger's Syndrome (High-Functioning Autism). He is one of the UK's leading experts on Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. Described in the British media as 'Remarkable', with 'Expert Insight', and 'Personal Development Guru...the UK's Leading Personal Development Coach'.

Dan has over 20 years experience, he has carried out  research into the effectiveness of using the Human Given's Counselling Approach to reducing youth crime and anti-social behaviour with a Youth Offending Service (this research has been published in the peer reviewed journal 'Human Givens'), and is a Trance-Formation Coach and founder of the Sussex Hypnotherapy Centre and ALT Solutions based in Chichester, West Sussex, UK.

Dan Jones has held personal development and staff training courses within the local county council and district council on many topics including adult and child safeguarding, safety awareness, conflict resolution and breakaway techniques, and stress management. He has taught courses for young people with local youth projects, and held courses on parenting and managing challenging youth in various secondary schools and primary schools. He has taught staff in various children's homes topics like stress management, managing challenging behaviour and conflict resolution, and carried out clinical supervision with hypnotherapists and professionals working with individuals and families, as well as holding training courses in the UK and abroad for professional students on hypnosis, therapy and healing, and courses for 'self-help' or 'personal development' on well-being, mind-body healing, self-hypnosis, overcoming phobias, weight loss, and using dreams therapeutically, and courses on parenting and family work, including child/teen to parent domestic abuse, helping children to sleep, and managing children/teen's challenging behaviour, and effective parenting techniques, to family support workers, youth workers and social workers.

Dan has also worked on, and been consulted for TV Programmes like 'The Anatomy of Fear' and 'Big Brother' and has been interviewed by a variety of magazines, newspapers and radio programmes in the UK and abroad. Dan has also written over ten books on hypnosis, therapy and parenting including the number 1 Hypnotherapy Bestseller 'Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Scripts' and number 1 Psychology Biography Bestseller 'Look Into My Eyes'. Some of Dan's books have been published in more than one language. Dan has also created a wide range of free and 'paid for' hypnosis and therapy training and personal development products, and runs the UK's premier accredited Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Practitioner Level Diploma.

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