Solution-Focused Brief Therapy 

Presenter: Christine Beliard, PhD, LMFT
Date/Time: Friday, April 8, 2022, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: FAU Boca Raton Campus, Social Science Building, Room 112

Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until March 24, 2022
A limited number of seats have been reserved for students, FAU Social Work alumni, and FAU Social Work Field Instructors and Coordinators with a special $125 rate until March 24, 2022. Please email the Professional Development Coordinator at to request the discount code.

CEUs: 6

Abstract Summary: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a collaborative, strengths-based approach that has been shown to be effective in a plethora of settings. This workshop is designed to explore the use of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and provide pragmatic tools to help empower clinicians in their work. The use of SFBT to address clinicians’ and clients’ relationships with larger socio-contextual variables will also be explored. This session will provide an overview of current research, case vignettes, and specific clinical tools to help assess and intervene using this strengths-based approach. 

Session Narrative: This workshop is designed to create a trustworthy space for therapists to explore their current clinical needs and the usefulness of SFBT in their clinical work. This presentation is interactive by design and participants will be given opportunities to partake in small group and large discussions. The presenter will open space to discuss the current practices that have been shown to be helpful for clinicians using SFBT interventions. Participants will learn and practice the five main SFBT interventions and how to use them systemically and relationally, specifically how to apply SFBT in a culturally-relevant way. The workshop will end with an experiential that focuses on how clinicians will take these skills into their areas of influence, with the intentional goal of helping to equip clinician with practical and useful tools for their clinical work.  

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will gain an understanding of the major tenets and philosophy of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
  2. Participants will learn the five main SFBT interventions and how to best apply them in their work.
  3. Participants will become familiar with relevant research and innovative practices informed by SFBT. 


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About the Presenter:

Dr. Christine Beliard is an Associate Professor of Family Therapy, a licensed family therapist, and approved clinical supervisor. She is committed to social justice and the provision of relevant mental health services through best practices in training and service delivery. Dr. Beliard has provided advanced training in family therapy and social justice work for over 10 years, both nationally and internationally. Her most powerful clinical experience to date was her selection to a clinical team that provided SFBT crisis support to clinicians and families directly after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Beliard provides several community trainings and serves as a consultant and board member for several groups that align with her areas of interest.