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 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.

This one day session 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 during the day to try out and experience solution focused techniques.

The facilitator will be Dr Ian Smith (Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Senior Clinical Tutor on the Lancaster Doctorate in Clinical Psychology). Ian 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.


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 health difficulties or learning disabilities in a caring or other professional role.


This course is delivered over 1 day (running from 09:30 until 16:30) by a clinical tutor from the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Lancaster University who has worked extensively as clinical psychologist across a range of settings, and works hard to create a friendly and informal training environment in which to share discussion around practical application of SFT.

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The 1 day course costs just £100

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.


Booking will be available shortly - please check back in the next few days!

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