An Introduction to Solution-Focused Brief Interventions

Solutions not ProblemsSolution-focused therapy approaches can be the main method of supporting people to change, or can be ‘an extra tool in your toolbox’ of intervention techniques. When working with some people they work very well if support has got ‘stuck in a rut’ and you are looking for a different approach.

Whilst developing therapeutic relationships is a key part of any intervention including SFBT, there is evidence that the SFBT approach can be very useful when working with clients where it is harder to build such relationships, such as in criminal justice settings or where other forms of coercion may be felt by clients or clients feel their participation is less ‘voluntary’. 



This training course aims to develop participants' knowledge of solution-focused therapies and to enable participants to practice some of the skills used in its delivery.



By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the key elements of brief solution-focused therapy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of SFBT
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of the 'Miracle Question'
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate use of 'Scaling Questions'
  • Recognise the benefits and limitations of a SFBT approach within the context of their own organisation's practice, policies and procedures
  • Identify situations in their practice when the use of SFBT techniques would be appropriate with particular clients


Training Overview

  • The Solution Building Model in contrast to the 'Medical Model'
  • Defining Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Historical development and evidence for its effectiveness
  • Relevance of SFBT across a range of disciplines / roles
  • Skills for “not knowing”
  • Generating “problem free” talk with clients
  • Formulating goals with clients
  • The “Miracle” question
  • “Scaling” questions
  • Looking for exceptions
  • Case studies
  • Sources of further information
  • Review and evaluation


The Basic Tenets of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (pdf)


Recent Feedback

"A really useful tool for working with clients who may be stuck"
Recovery Co-ordinator, Lifeline Project, London

Suitable for:
Anyone working with people who may use drugs or alcohol, including drug and alcohol professionals, Youth Workers, Social Workers, and Probation Officers

One Day

Prior Knowledge:
Previous experience of work in a supportive or helping profession would be advantageous, though not essential.

All training packages are mapped to the relevant National Occupational Standards


All training packages include a certificate of training for participants and a comprehensive participant's pack that can be customised to include your details.

Although Soma is based in Lancashire, in the North West of England, we deliver drug and alcohol awareness training across England, Scotland and Wales.