Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Denver

We help all our clients find solutions to their problems by focusing on where they want to be rather than where they have been -- hence the term, Solution-Focused. We utilize the basic tenets and underlying way of thinking as developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in all the services we provide: Therapy Services, Therapist Training, and Agency Consulting.

Professionals Looking for Therapist Training- Denver Center for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a comprehensive training center that offers both in-house and on-site trainings to those interested in learning Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) as it was originally developed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. Denver Center for SFBT individualizes all training services to meet the unique needs of the learners. Training at Denver Center for SFBT stresses mastery of the basics as the primary tool to apply this approach effectively within a wide range of settings. The training center specializes in working with what are often perceived as the most “difficult clients.” These are externally motivated clients, chronically mentally ill clients, substance involved individuals, clients within the publicly funded agencies, etc. It is our belief that if one learns to work with these “difficult” clients, one can work with anyone. In addition, Denver Center prides itself in specializing in how to apply this model within the highly regulated and problem-focused behavioral health systems that are predominant in the USA. Speaking the regulator’s language, while at the same time not losing the principles, not-knowing stance, and core interventions of SFBT, is strongly emphasized. Learners range from those seeking a one-time half-day introduction to those who want to spend years learning the subtle nuances of this approach. In addition, Denver Center for SFBT offers a path to certification in SFBT. While Denver Center for SFBT encourages all levels of learners to participate in the ten foundational workshops, those who seek to truly become competent in this approach receive the depth of their learning through practice lab format classes, group practice/consultation sessions, and individual consultation sessions. It is in these active learning settings that learners explore actual client sessions, receive constructive suggestions, and explore what is working in their application with real world clients.

To learn more about Solution-Focused Brief Therapy certification, contact Teri Pichot at tpichot@denversolutions.com.

Professionals Looking for Agency Training- We help agencies looking for a cost effective approach to help staff become purposeful and effective with even the most difficult clientele. We specialize in helping publicly funded agencies that treat chronic, dual diagnosed clients. We help agency administrators and clinical supervisors train their therapists and case managers and transition their agency from using problem-focused approaches into an agency fully incorporating the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy model. We then teach administrators how to maintain these changes by managing their staff more effectively and building a positive agency culture by using the same Solution-Focused Brief Therapy tenets and philosophy. Lastly, we help agencies learn to make paperwork and documentation more purposeful to ensure they get credit for the excellent work their staff are doing. The results we have seen through our agency consulting services are amazing. Staff members who were initially skeptical and resentful at the idea of change became energized and curious to learn more. We have seen decreased staff turnover because therapists were able to see changes in clients who previously seemed hopeless. Teamwork has been enhanced, and paperwork and documentation hold new meaning.

We can provide all the training required for full SFBT certification at your agency! Even the testing can be done on-site. E-mail us for more information about this economical option.

Potential Clients Looking for Therapy Services- Solution-Focused Brief therapy will help clients who want immediate and lasting results even for the most difficult and chronic problems. Each of us has within the ability to formulate and implement our own solutions resulting in observable, measurable results, even after only one therapy session. Sometimes it takes a professional to ask just the right questions to uncover these hidden answers and solutions and to get back on track. Drawing from the simple idea and universal truth that what we as human beings focus on gets bigger, our Solution-Focused Brief Therapy sessions teach people a new way to think and how to imagine themselves in the future the way they want to be. We then offer concrete skills to help them make that dream a reality. Sometimes people don't even know where they want to be, and we can help with that too. Think of us as a travel agency of sort. We're here to help you figure out your perfect destination to happiness, and then how to get there. So ask yourself where you want to be one week, one month, or one year from now. If your answer is anything but where you are now, give us a call and we'll help you begin to make changes.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) Overview: Solution Focused Brief Therapy, often referred to as simply “Solution-Focused Therapy,” is a type of talk therapy that focuses on what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on analyzing the problem(s) that brought them to treatment. While the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy approach respects each client's past and what brought the client this to this point, it places the focus on what the client wants. SFBT therapists help their clients to construct a concrete vision of a preferred future for themselves. In working toward this future, the problems and the past become more manageable. This approach postulates that no problem happens all the time. There are always times, even though they may be very brief, when the problem is absent or just a little better. The Solution-Focused Brief Therapy therapist believes that these moments hold valuable answers and examines what is different on these occasions. By bringing these small successes to clients' awareness, and helping clients to repeat these successful things they do when the problem is not there or less severe, the therapists helps the client move towards the preferred future they have identified.

For questions or more information, please use Teri Pichot's email tpichot@denversolutions.com


Upcoming Trainings/Events

2015 Solution Focesed Training Summer Intensive Solution Focused Practitioner Certification Course A link to a specific registration form is listed below the course description if applicable.
Ongoing - Next Meeting is December 8, 2014 Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Consultation Group - Littleton ColoradoMonthly
This group is designed for therapists who have already completed a basic education class on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. This group provides a supportive environment for on-going learning and for exploring how to apply SFBT with challenging client cases. Call or e-mail to join this group.
Ongoing - Call for date of next meeting Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Consultation Group for Supervisors and Managers- Littleton ColoradoMonthly
This group is designed for supervisors and managers who have already completed a basic education class on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. This group provides a supportive environment for on-going learning and for exploring how to apply SFBT with challenging management scenarios. Call or e-mail to join this group.
December 15 & 16, 2014 8:30AM to 4:30PM Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Basics -
Littleton, Colorado
This intensive class provides all of the basics as well as plenty of demonstrations and times to practice. This is the ideal training for professionals who want to learn a new model and be able to leave the class and begin to practice this new way of working with clients.
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December 17, 2014 8:30AM to 4:30PM Solution-Focused Supervision and Management -
Littleton, Colorado
This course is designed to introduce supervisors and managers to solution-focused thinking as it was originally developed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer and teach them how to use these principles to motivate staff and effectively lead others. Skills will be taught to effectively address challenging work-place behaviors. Basic agency culture and creating team/program safety will also be reviewed. Lastly, paperwork and dealing with governing agencies will be explored.
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January 26, 2015 8:30AM to 12:30PM Solution-Focused Basics Overview -
Littleton, Colorado
This abbreviated class gives an overview of Solution-Focused Thinking. The focus of this training is on understanding the tenets and philosophy developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg and on recognizing the key interventions. Participants will be able to understand how they can use this different way of thinking about problems and solutions. This is the ideal training for those who want to continue using their current treatment modalities, but would like to incorporate solution-focused ideas and interventions.
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January 26, 2015 1:30PM-5:30PM Using Solution-Focused Thinking to Help People Cope with Grief and Loss -
Littleton, Colorado
This course is designed to introduce professionals to solution-focused thinking and teach them how to use these principles to effectively engage and help people who are dealing with loss and grief. Professionals will learn to identify signs of grief and gain the ability to effectively use questions and other solution-focused interventions to assist in the grief process. Professionals will learn protective factors and how to use solution-focused thinking to decrease potential long-term effects of grief and loss. This course is specifically designed to ensure professionals can leave the classroom and effectively implement these skills with those with whom they work.
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January 28 & 29, 2015 8:30AM to 4:30PM Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Basics -
Littleton, Colorado
This intensive class provides all of the basics as well as plenty of demonstrations and times to practice. This is the ideal training for professionals who want to learn a new model and be able to leave the class and begin to practice this new way of working with clients.
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January 30 2015 8:30AM to 4:30PM Solution-Focused Substance Misuse Treatment -
Littleton, Colorado
This class is designed for professionals who work with clients who are misusing substances. It provides a solid review of the fundamentals of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy while placing special emphasis on the unique factors that are in play when working with this population. This course is specifically designed to ensure professionals can leave the classroom and effectively implement these skills with challenging clients.
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February 9, 2015 8:30AM to 4:30PM Working with Externally Motivated Clients -
Littleton, Colorado
This class is specifically designed for professionals, who work with clients who are externally motivated by the courts, child welfare, their parents or partner, or other sources. It provides a solid review of the fundamentals of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy while placing special emphasis on how to engage challenging clients and how to find a common goal. This course is specifically designed to ensure professionals can leave the classroom and effectively implement these skills with challenging clients.
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February 16, 2015 8:30AM to 4:30PM Solution-Focused Brief Therapy 101 -
Littleton, Colorado
This class is specifically designed for professionals of all kinds, and it offers all the basic information about Solution-Focused Brief Therapy as well as gives specific examples throughout the day regarding how this approach works with mental health disorders, including substance dependence and misuse. The focus of this training is on gaining the knowledge through discussions and other didactic methods and on seeing the approach in action through demonstrations. This is the ideal class for those who want to really understand what SFBT is and how it works with complex problems.
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February 18, 2015 8:30AM to 4:30PM Using Solution-Focused Thinking to Prevent Burnout-
Littleton, Colorado
This course is designed to introduce professionals to solution-focused thinking as it was originally developed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer and teach them how to use these principles to prevent and reverse professional burnout. Attendees will learn to identify signs of professional burnout and stress and develop an “emergency roadside repair kit” to assist them in preventing the potential negative impact. They will learn protective factors and how to use solution-focused thinking to decrease and address potential stress in the work place.
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February 19, 2015 8:30AM to 4:30PM Advanced Solution-Focused Brief Therapy -
Littleton, Colorado -
This training is recommended for those who have already learned the basics, have been practicing on their own, and now want more in order to fine tune their work with clients. In this unique class, the instructor works with the students to help them identify what is currently working in their practice of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and helps them to identify areas of growth they would like to address. These targeted areas of growth form the agenda for the class. This class is designed to be taken several times, similar to a practice lab.
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February 20, 2015 8:30AM to 4:30PM Solution-Focused Supervision and Management-
Littleton, Colorado
This course is designed to introduce clinical and administrative supervisors to solution-focused thinking as it was originally developed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer and teach them how to use these principles to motivate staff and effectively lead others. Skills will be taught to effectively address challenging work-place behaviors. Basic agency culture and creating team/program safety will also be reviewed. Lastly, paperwork and dealing with governing agencies will be explored.
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March 11 & 12, 2015 8:30AM to 4:30PM Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Basics -
Littleton, Colorado
This intensive class provides all of the basics as well as plenty of demonstrations and times to practice. This is the ideal training for professionals who want to learn a new model and be able to leave the class and begin to practice this new way of working with clients.
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March 13, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Solution-Focused Group Therapy -
Littleton, Colorado
This course is designed to teach professionals who have been previously introduced to Solution-Focused Brief Therapy how to implement this approach within a group setting. How to address group norms and how to find a group theme will also be addressed. This course is specifically designed to ensure professionals can leave the classroom and effectively implement these skills with clients.
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April 14 & 15, 2015 8:30AM to 4:30PM Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Basics -
Littleton, Colorado
This intensive class provides all of the basics as well as plenty of demonstrations and times to practice. This is the ideal training for professionals who want to learn a new model and be able to leave the class and begin to practice this new way of working with clients.
Click here to register online...
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