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Family Therapy Webinar Series

2015 SFBT Series Topics
Solution Focused Brief Therapy 101 (Order from our library)
SFBT Advanced Interviewing Skills (Order from our library)
Working with Clients Facing Diverse Challenges (Order from our library)
Hope-Focused Solutions (Order from our library)
Working with Community Agencies, Home-based, and Mandated Clients (Order from our library)
Working with Small Children and Adolescents (Order from our library)
SFBT Supervision (Order from our library)
Miracles, Goals, and Action Plans (Order from our library)
Focusing on the Focus (Order from our library)

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Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), developed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer, is an evidenced-based practice which focuses on clients’ inherent strengths and competencies. SFBT helps participants discover their solutions to their challenges instead of focusing on the problems they are currently facing. This future-focused, goal-directed intervention is effective because clients, including small children, experience their own ability to make positive changes efficiently. SFBT succeeds at individual, couple and family levels of engagement because it appeals to the clients’ capabilities, whether or not they have recognized these strengths before.

Maintaining a high standard of ethical and professional practice is essential. Respect for each participant’s worldview, challenges, and capabilities is inherent in solution-focused practice. This culturally sensitive approach embraces clients’ diversity as an opportunity to learn from, and to share knowledge with, each other. Client members are considered experts in their own life experience and each stakeholder’s perspective is important, regardless of their unique considerations. The process builds stronger hope for all participating members.

SFBT Webinars

The Brief Therapy Institute (BTI), Department of Family Therapy, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Nova Southeastern University is offering a series of interactive webinar trainings based on the work of Berg and de Shazer. Each SFBT webinar is 2-hour long presentation, followed by a 30 minute Question & Answer session using questions generated in real time by webinar participants. Continuing Education credits are available for licensed professionals, and Certificates of Attendance for non-licensed participants. Each session is timely-scheduled on Fridays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Each scheduled session focuses on different applications of a solution-focused approach within diverse contexts. Please find our 2015 schedule below.


Our goal is to offer these presentations to a wide audience of professionals interested in learning about utilizing a Solution Focused Approach (SFA) with diverse clients facing their life challenges. The goal of these trainings is to provide the local and wider community with comprehensive opportunities in the diverse applications of SFBT. These strategies increase the level of skill development for practitioners, including participants from various mental health/social service capacities. And these seminars are effectively priced. Group rates are available.

The Trainers

The majority of sessions will be presented by Arlene Brett Gordon, Ph.D., LMFT, who met Insoo and Steve in 1991 when she was a doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Arlene trained and closely worked with Insoo, developing community-based projects in South Florida for over a decade. She began developing trainings in 1993 and has provided workshops of SFBT to a wide array of practitioners internationally. Arlene also develops SFBT programs in collaboration with local community-based agencies. She is also the director of the Brief Therapy Institute, which includes the Family Therapy Clinic, the training facility for the Department of Family Therapy at NSU. She is a AAMFT Clinical Fellow, Florida State and AAMFT Supervisor, and a board member of the newly formed Association of Solution Focused Practitioners (ASFP).

Michael Rolleston, M.S., is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. He completed his master’s degree in Family Therapy 2013 at NSU. He is a Pre-Clinical Fellow of the AAMFT and is working toward his AAMFT Approved Supervisor credential and Marriage and Family Therapy license in the state of Florida. Michael is trained in SFBT and has been working closely with Dr. Arlene Brett Gordon since 2012. His clinical work incorporates a client-centered style of therapy and focuses on clients’ goals, strengths, and resources. Michael currently works with most of his clients in the Family Therapy Clinic at NSU’s Brief Therapy Institute, where he is also a Graduate Assistant. He has recently collaborated on a number of SFBT workshops and presentations at the local, national, and international levels.

Jenna Hope Wilson, Ph.D., LMFT pursed both her masters' and doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida and a Clinical Fellow of the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She is currently a AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Jenna’s clinical work incorporates a systemic, hope-focused and strength-based approach. She utilizes SFBT in her work with individuals, couples, and families. Jenna is currently adjunct faculty for NSU’s Departments of Family Therapy and Psychology teaching family therapy courses and clinical practicums. She has experience presenting workshops, trainings, and posters at international, national, state, and local conferences.

Solution-Focused Webinar Series Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain significant foundational knowledge and skills in Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
  2. Participants will be able to demonstrate and apply the theory and practice of these concepts in a clinical context.
  3. Participants will learn how to utilize SFBT across diverse populations.
  4. Participants will have access to training materials to further enhance their practice.
  5. Participants will gain continuing education units (CE) for licensure or certificates of attendance based on Florida state regulations.

To register for these webinars, click here.

Professional Development

Participants will earn either 2.5 CEs or a Certificate of Attendance. Nova Southeastern University is approved by the Florida Department of Health as a provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors.

  • To receive 2.5 CEUs or a Certificate of Attendance for this course, you must submit a webinar evaluation for each workshop.
  • NSU Provider #: 50-11750 / Expires: 3/31/2017

Psychologists: Nova Southeastern University's Center for Psychological Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Nova Southeastern University maintains responsibility for this program and its content

NSU Webinars

  • Create a Virtual Classroom Experience
  • Broadcast live from Nova Southeastern University TV Studio in Davie, Florida.
  • Deliver High Definition video quality to any device.
  • Offer the convenience of DVRs so you can pause, rewind, and fast forward the live stream.
  • Priced at $25 USD for students and non-licensed individuals, or $45 USD for licensed professionals for CE credits.
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