Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy:

 From Problems To Possibilities

  Developed and Presented by

Tammie Byram Fowles, Ph.D., LISW

Consultation and Training

Columbia, South Carolina


Wayne, Maine

(207) 620-0792

      "If you go on doing what you've always done, you'll go on getting what you've always got."

Lair Ribeiro

Brief Overview:

This one day introductory seminar provides an overview of Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy Techniques. Participants will be instructed in the use of practical therapeutic tools designed to maximize the resources of both clients and counselors in order to promote change.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this seminar, participants will be able to:

bulletIdentify the commonalties that exist within all forms of brief or time-limited psychotherapy
bulletUtilize the intake process to not only complete clinical assessments, but also as a platform from which the counselor can immediately begin to initiate the problem solving process.
bulletNegotiate solvable problems
bulletUtilize therapeutic language and solution-focused questions
bulletImplement pattern interruptions and solution focused prescriptions

Program Outline:

Innovations in Brief Treatment will address the following:

  1. Overview of current Brief Treatment methods
bulletCommonalties of Brief Treatment methods
bulletTheoretical influences of Solution Oriented therapy
bulletAssumptions regarding wholism and perception
bulletOld assumptions vs. new assumptions
  1. Initial Interventions
bulletUtilizing the initial sessions for assessment, treatment, planning, and to create momentum
bulletSolution Focused Language
bulletNegotiating Solvable problems
  1. Utilizing Pattern Interruptions 
bulletThe butterfly effect
bulletComplaint pattern interventions
bulletContext pattern interventions
bulletSolution Focused Prescriptions
bulletThe surprise
bulletThe generic task
bulletRainy day letter
bulletLetter from the future
bulletPretending Techniques

V. Narrative Therapy

bulletDeconstruction Questions
bulletOpening Space Questions
bulletPreference Questions
bulletStory Development Questions
bulletMeaning Questions
  1. Maintaining Change
bulletFocusing on success
bulletRelapse Prevention
  1. Termination
bulletUntil we meet again
bulletRituals and closing

Who Should Attend:

This seminar is designed for all human service providers who are interested in an introduction to Solution focused brief therapy and narrative therapy techniques or who would like a refresher course.

Seminar Leader:

Tammie Byram Fowles, LISW, Ph.D. is the author of "BirthQuake: The Journey to Wholeness," and is currently revising her work, "Finding the Forest: The Incorporation of Holistic Principles into a Brief Treatment Model with Survivors of Sexual Abuse." Dr. Fowles offers training, clinical consultation and psychotherapy to human service providers, and facilitates personal growth retreats and workshops. She has appeared on both national radio and public television.

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude."

 William James


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BirthQuake: The Journey to Wholeness

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