Solution Focused Therapy for health & social care professionals & aspiring clinical psychologists


In this course we provide a clear introduction to the principles of solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) and how it can be used as part of practice. Solution focused therapy techniques are commonly used as part of clinical psychology and psychological therapy within mental and physical health settings, and provide a method of working, that is not restricted to use within a formal therapy context. The techniques are also relatively simple to learn and use, which makes them a helpful addition to the skill set of professionals working more broadly in mental health and social care services. 

Our two day workshop on this most hopeful and individualised of approaches includes an introduction to the theory underlying solution focused questioning, alongside a focus on participants learning practical techniques. Clinical and other real world examples are used throughout to both explain the approach and illustrate its application and participants will be able to take part in a range of exercises to try out and experience solution focused techniques. 

The training will be led by two facilitators. Dr Ian Smith (Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Senior Clinical Tutor on the Lancaster DClinPsy) has a Master’s degree in SFBT, fifteen years’ experience of using the approach, and has presented many workshops around the UK and internationally on its application. He specialises in working with adults with complex mental health problems and those with intellectual disabilities. Dr Suzi Curtis is a Clinical Psychologist with considerable experience in using SFBT with people with physical health difficulties and with children, and is also an experienced trainer in the approach.


This introductory course is ideal for people who wish to develop some core therapeutic skills and an understanding of the solution focused approach that goes beyond simple technique. It is aimed both graduates aiming to pursue career paths in Clinical Psychology or Psychological Therapy, and also anyone who works with people with mental or physical health difficulties or learning disabilities in a caring or other professional role.


The 2 day course costs just £150

A discount is available for bookings by Lancaster University students - to take up a discounted place please book using your university email address. Unfortunately due to budget limitations, lunch is not provided.

After participating, you will receive a certificate of attendance from the Lancaster University Psychological Training Academy.


To register you place please visit our online shop and book your dates. As places are limited we suggest booking early.