Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Workshop

Listening for Openings. Amplifying Change.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy 5-day Intensive Workshop

Presented by: Dr. Jeff Chang
July 17 – 21, 2019 • Calgary, AB

Add to your counselling toolbox and better serve clients by enhancing your knowledge about solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT).

In this five-day intensive workshop, you go beyond a superficial focus on questions and procedural sequences, and learn to develop a solution-focused presence that embodies SFBT as a way of being. This pragmatic, goal-directed, evidence-based approach to counselling and psychotherapy is particularly relevant for anyone working in settings where resources are scarce and service delivery must be focused. It has been shown to be effective with a variety of difficult problems, including disordered eating, intimate partner violence, substance misuse, and chronic and persistent mental health problems.


In a class alongside other practicing professionals and graduate students, you gain an understanding of the what, why, and how of SFBT, including:

  • the history and assumptions of SFBT, and how this informs what counsellors do in the room
  • listening for openings and developing solution-focused hearing
  • sequencing questions and inviting answers
  • obtaining vivid descriptions of solutions, both real and imagined
  • tailoring your interventions to clients’ receptivity
  • scheduling appointments for maximum impact and minimum resource expenditure
  • terminating counselling and minimizing the possibility of relapse

Cost and Registration

Cost: C$800/person + GST (general)
  C$700/person + GST (AU practicum supervisors)
  C$550/person + GST (full-time graduate students)
Location: Mount Royal University, Calgary (workshop runs on-site 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. daily)
Online Form (spaces are limited; registration refundable through June 27, 2019)

Workshop Presenter

Dr. Jeff Chang, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master of Counselling program at Athabasca University, has been a Registered Psychologist in Alberta for more than 30 years. An early adopter of SFBT, Jeff visited the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, where SFBT was developed, in 1992, and learned SFBT from Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and Eve Lipchik. He has presented on SFBT in North America, Europe and Asia, and has written extensively on the connections and distinctions between solution-focused and narrative therapies. A Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Jeff is also a clinical supervisor at Calgary Family Therapy Centre, and has a small private practice where he works with families embroiled in high-conflict divorce.