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Getting to Answers: The Art of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

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Getting to Answers: The Art of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy


6.5 Continuing education hours are available. See below for details.

$250 single; $200 each for 5 or more

Alumni will receive a $50 discount. Please email swope@columbia.edu for promotional code. Your email should contain your name and the year you graduated.


Subject/Topic:

Since its inception, solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) has become increasingly relevant and useful in the era of managed care, limited number of therapy sessions, limited insurance reimbursement, limited agency funding, and limited financial and time resources for many clients who desire treatment. SFBT can be applied to direct clinical practice for all client populations: children, adult individuals, couples, and families at all stages of the life cycle. It also provides advanced skills for all fields of practice as well as use in case management, supervision, and social work with agencies, communities, and larger macro systems.

It has theoretical/philosophical underpinnings in the work, research, and literature of the following: Dr. Milton Erikson (Ericksonian hypnosis), family systems theory, resilience and strength perspective theories, narrative therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and social constructionism. Clients experience it as a hopeful, inspiring treatment due to the focus on strengths, resilience, hope, and solution building, rather than pathology.

This workshop is a highly interactive learning experience that introduces the participants to SFTBT, its history, theoretical foundations, evidence based techniques, and research outcomes. It also provides opportunities for participants to learn and practice solution- focused skills. These include interviewing techniques, constructive coaching, solution- building, solution - mapping, and generic interventions. Participants will also learn the art of co-constructing solutions by positioning themselves as a coach and clinical partner with the client.

Workshop Description

The workshop design includes a variety of modalities for learning, including interactive small group and pair activities, focused learning games with learning objectives, video examples, role play, case discussion, and facilitator demonstration, all interspersed with brief lecture and question and answer segments. Participants will observe and practice well known techniques from the model and theoretical knowledge base and evidence based research outcomes will be drawn from throughout the workshop day.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and understand the theoretical underpinnings of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, including systems theory, Ericksonian theory, resilience and strength perspective, narrative therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and social constructionism.
  • Assess and analyze case situations within the framework of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
  • Apply this model of practice to a variety of client groups in a variety of settings including in child welfare, health mental health, substance abuse, all aspects of the life cycle, in crisis situations, and with both voluntary and involuntary clients.
  • Demonstrate the use of solution-focused and constructive coaching interviewing skills.
  • Select and apply appropriate generic interventions and critically evaluate those interventions utilizing client feedback and evidence based measurement tools.
  • Describe how to utilize solution-focused theory in supervisory, management, administrative, and community tasks.




Presenter:

Debra D. Castaldo, Ph.D. , LCSW-R, MSSW has over 30 years experience in the field of social work. She has taught at Rutgers, Barry and Kean Universities. Her clinical/teaching specialties include: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Group Therapy and Leadership, Creative Training and Teaching Skills, and Stress Management and Burnout. She was the Clinical Director of Children’s Aid and Adoption of New Jersey and Director of Pediatric Social Work at Babies and Children’s at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Castaldo has also worked in Field Education at CSSW and Barry University. She is currently in private practice in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey where she specializes in couples and family therapy, divorce prevention, and divorce adjustment. She has been a frequent guest expert on programs such as ABC News, NBC News, FOX, CNN American Law Journal, and has been featured in such publications as Redbook, Woman’s Day, Ladies Home Journal, More, Reader’s Digest, and The New York Post. Dr. Castaldo holds the following Clinical Social Work Degrees: Ph.D. from New York University, MSSW from Columbia University, and BSW from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


Continuing Education Information

Please note that in order to receive your continuing education certificate, you must attend the ENTIRE workshop and complete the evaluation in accordance to NYSED regulations*. Any participant who arrives past 9:15am or leaves earlier than 4:45pm will not receive CE credits nor is eligible for a refund. Please plan accordingly to arrive on time.

*The same guidelines will apply to professionals from other states or disciplines unless verification is provided indicating more flexible attendance requirements. Please contact SWOPE@columbia.edu with any questions.

6.5 contact hours will be awarded for NYS, NJ and CT licensed social workers*. Licensed social workers for other states, please email swope@columbia.edu. Columbia University School of Social Work is a CSWE accredited institution.

CSSW is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. Provider #SW‐0021

*Certificates will be emailed within 3 weeks of the workshop.

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

For information on special accommodations or our grievance policy, click here.

Cancellation policy: Fees will be refunded less a $5.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by the Office of Professional Excellence up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.



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