Advanced Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Advanced Training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy 

Trainer︰Professor Mo Yee Lee

Target: Counseling professionals


Building on a strengths perspective and using a time-limited approach, solution-focused brief therapy is a treatment model in practice that holds a person accountable for solutions rather than responsible for problems. Solution-focused brief therapy deliberately utilizes the language and symbols of “solution and strengths” in treatment and postulates that positive and long-lasting change can occur in a relatively brief period of time by focusing on the solution-building process instead of focusing on the problems. Change happens through the therapeutic dialogue in which the therapist and client co-construct what is beneficial and helpful to accomplish the goals as self-determined by the client. Currently, this practice model has been adopted in diverse practice settings with different client populations, which could be partly accounted by the fact that the assumptions and practice orientation of solution-focused brief therapy are consistent with strengths-based and empowerment-based practice in treatment.




  • Participants will further expand SFBT therapeutic skills in the areas of expanding and amplifying change and consolidating change

  • Participants will develop competence in using SFBT with families, couples and children

  • Participants will develop competence in using and creating solution-focused exercises and games

  • Participants will develop SFBT trouble shooting skills


Course Outline:

In addition to reinforcing basic solution-focused skills in assessment, goal development, and exception-finding; the advance training will focus on the following topics:

  • Amplifying and expanding change

  • Consolidating change

  • Termination

  • Solution-focused exercises and games

  • Trouble shooting: What to do when change is not happening

  • Working with families, couples, and children


Training Format: 

  • Didactic presentations

  • Review of videotapes of SFBT sessions

  • Role-play

  • Solution-focused exercises


Language: Cantonese


About the trainer:

Dr. Mo Yee Lee

Dr. Mo Yee Lee is Professor and PhD Program Director of Social Work at the College of Social Work of The Ohio State University. Professor Lee’s expertise is primarily in the area of practice and intervention research using a solution-focused, strengths-based perspective and an integrative/holistic approach. Her practice and research focus on domestic violence issues, home-based treatment for at-risk children and adolescents, meditation and treatment of trauma survivors of interpersonal violence, and an integrative body-mind-spirit clinical practice framework.  Dr. Lee has published two books on solution-focused brief therapy: Solution-focused treatment with domestic violence offenders: Accountability for change, 2003; and Solution-Oriented Social Work: A Practice Approach to Working with Client Strengths, 2011. Her other works include Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: An empirically based approach to assessment and treatment, 2009 & 2018; and Culturally Competent Research: Using Ethnography as a Meta-Framework, 2013; Integrative Families and Systems Treatment (I-FAST): A strengths-based common factors approach, 2014; all books were published by The Oxford University Press. Dr. Lee is the recipient of 2008 Insoo Kim Berg Award for Innovative Research and Application of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She has served on the Research Committee of The Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association since 2011.  Dr. Lee is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.