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Solution Focused Therapy

Online: February 12 - March 11, 2018

Instructors:  Jill Ceccolini, MSW, RSW and Barry McClatchey, MSW, RSW

About the Instructors

Barry McClatchey and Jill Ceccolini founded Halifax Brief Therapy in 2003. Since that time, they have been providing training, supervision, and consultation in solution focused practice to clinicians, supervisors, and organizations throughout the Maritimes.

Jill Ceccolini, MSW, RSW has been utilizing a collaborative, strength based approach in her clinical practice and in her work as a trainer of counselors and therapists for seventeen years. She is a full-time clinician, working with individuals, couples, and families. Jill holds a Master of Social Work degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Education degree from St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

Barry McClatchey, MSW, RSW has almost twenty-five years of experience as a clinical therapist, counselor, and trainer. Barry completed his BSW degree at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, and received his MSW degree from the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University. Barry has utilized a solution focused approach in his work with individuals, couples, and families for over twenty years and has completed training in a variety of locations in North America. He is also a certified trainer in Feedback Informed Treatment practices through the International Center for Clinical Excellence in Chicago, Illinois.

Workshop Summary

Solution Focused Therapy is a respectful, collaborative approach to helping others.  Whether the helper is engaged in a formal therapeutic relationship or simply engaged in brief, helpful conversations, it’s essential for the helper to have a clear understanding of the fundamental assumptions about people, problems and change inherent in the solution focused approach.  As such, this online introductory course begins with a specific focus on these assumptions and values.  This serves as the basis for examining the structure and techniques used by solution focused practitioners in first and subsequent client conversations.

The practitioner’s use of respectful curiosity in learning about what is important to clients lies at the heart of effective solution focused conversations.  It’s also essential in the co-construction of their preferred future. Clients are regarded as having the necessary expertise about their own lives to create useful change. There’s also a strong emphasis on the use of the client’s language in solution focused work, as opposed to the dominant “expert” language embedded in the traditions of the helping professions. As such, solution focused practice can be a useful approach in engaging people across the broad spectrum of culture, race, and gender.

Amazing feedback! I learned so much from the question and answer action happening in the discussion boards. The instructors replied promptly and with insightful responses to questions." ~ course participant, 2017


The facilitators use a variety of methods to invite participant learning, including numerous audio demonstrations, reading material, small group practice and exercises designed to provide experiential learning. All the course materials are presented in the online course site. Participants engage with others through online discussions and assignments, and receive feedback from the course facilitators. There are no scheduled lecture times. Materials are available 24 hours a day, and the course is designed to allow participants to set their own schedule for completing the work.

Prepared me more to try SFT in my practice than I was expecting. More hands-on and practical than other online courses I have taken." ~ course participant, 2017

This course requires approximately 4 hours of online study time per week for a total of 16 continuing education credit hours.

Regular registration (paid after January 2, 2018) $325
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