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Two-Day Training: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy For Common Client Problems (12 CEs)

  • March 02, 2018
  • March 03, 2018
  • 2 sessions
  • March 02, 2018, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • March 03, 2018, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Skokie Doubletree 9599 Skokie Blvd Skokie, IL 60077 Versailles Ballroom


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Two-Day Training:
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy For Common Client Problems
  Friday and Saturday - March 2 & 3, 2018
  12 CEs/PDs

Dr. Fredrike Bannink

Two-Day Training
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for Common Client Problems

Don't miss this opportunity!

Building on the highly successful 2017 one-day Training, Dr. Fredrike Bannink, clinical psychologist from Amsterdam, the Netherlands is back for another workshop!

Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) assists clients, suffering from common problems such as anxiety, depression or trauma, in developing a vision of a better future and in directing both clients and therapist toward a deeper awareness of the strengths and resources that clients can use in turning vision into reality. SFBT is the pragmatic application of a set of principles and tools, best described as the direct route to what works. If something works (better), do more of it; if something isn’t working, stop and do something else. SFBT is a competence-based approach, which minimizes emphasis on past failings and problems and instead focuses on clients’ strengths, previous successes and exceptions (times when the problem could have happened but somehow did not). SF questions lie at the heart of SFBT: they invite clients (and therapists) to think differently, to notice positive differences, and to help make desired changes.
The concept and methodology of SFBT differ from traditional (problem-focused) therapies, but may also be combined with them. Conversations become more light-hearted and shorter, ensuring that SFBT is cost-effective and there is less burnout amongst professionals.

This two-day advanced training builds on the highly successful 2017 Introductory Training. It offers theory, (more) SF questions and many new practical tools to help clients to create a new and better life. Own case examples are welcome.

After the training the attendants will be able to:

•   change their focus from what is wrong to what is right with their clients and from what isn’t working to what is working in their lives;
•   help clients to create the best instead of repairing the worst;
•   invite clients to envision and reach their preferred future;
•   use (even more) SF questions;
•   motivate clients to change;
•   use the SF model in other areas, such as supervision, coaching, training and conflict management;
•   combine SFBT with the theory of Positive Psychology.

Workshop Description:
Short demos, DVD’s, case examples, and exercises – plenary and in subgroups

•  What is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
•  The use of SF questions in treating common client problems
•  The role of the SF therapist
•  Building positive emotions, and instil hope and optimism
•  Motivating clients to change
•  How to use the SF model in other areas, such as supervision.
•  What is Positive Psychology
•  How to combine SFBT with the theory and practice of Positive Psychology

Dr. Fredrike P. Bannink MDR is a clinical psychologist and Master of Dispute Resolution.
Owner of a therapy, training, coaching and mediation practice in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
International keynote presenter, trainer and author of 30+ books on SF interviewing, SF coaching, SF leadership, SF conflict management-mediation, Positive Psychology, Positive Supervision and Post Traumatic Success.

For more information about Bannink and her work see her website, LinkedIn and twitter.

Dr. Fredrike Bannink's books will be for sale at the workshop!

Lunch is on your own.

Hours: 9am-4pm on Friday and Saturday


Workshop will be 12.0 CEs/PDs for LPC/LCPC; LSW/LCSW; LMFT; Psychologists.

Mention you are attending the Illinois Mental Health Counselors workshop and receive a special room rate of $95.00 (Standard King or Double Room). Special room rates are available on a first come first serve basis. Call (847) 679-7000 to make reservations.

Cancellation Policy.
Registrations, cancelled before seven days prior to the workshop, can be refunded minus a $20 administration fee. No refunds can be made seven days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inadequate registration or other circumstances beyond our control. If IMHCA cancels a workshop due to inadequate registration, you will receive a full refund. IMHCA is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, or cancellation of an event. IMHCA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that a workshop is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency. IMHCA will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case IMHCA cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.

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