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Solution Focused Therapy

February 6 - March 7, 2017  | Online

About the Presenters

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 is a social worker, educator and therapist utilizing a collaborative, strengths-based approach in her clinical practice and in her work as a supervisor and trainer. She is a full time clinician, working with individuals, couples and families, at the Canadian Forces Health Service Centre Atlantic and in her private practice. Jill is a co-director of Halifax Brief Therapy Centre, a private training and supervision consultation service. Since 1996, Jill has been teaching various levels of counselling skills at Dalhousie University, through the School of Social Work degree programs and through the Continuing Education Program.

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 Polytechnical 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.

Workshop Summary

The first part of this online workshop on Solution Focused Therapy provides a solid introduction to the beliefs, values, and assumptions inherent in this respectful, collaborative approach to helping others. This serves as the basis for examining the structure and techniques used by solution focused practitioners in first and subsequent client contact.

Solution focused practice is characterized by the use of respectful curiosity in learning about what is important to clients and in the co-construction of their preferred future. Change is viewed as constant and inevitable and clients are regarded as having the necessary expertise about their own lives to create useful change. There is 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.

Clients who have experienced solution focused therapy often talk about the thought-provoking questions asked in session. They can be surprised by the rapid nature of incremental improvements in their circumstances. Practitioners, on the other hand, often remark about the dynamic sessions they experience with clients, nothing the hope, energy, and even laughter generated in solution focused conversations.


The facilitators use a variety of methods to invite participant learning, including case examples, small group work, video examples, 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. 


  • To familiarize participants with the major theories of counselling
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to develop and to practice intervention tools and techniques
  • To assist participants to develop a conceptual framework for understanding the counselling process
  • To assist participants to develop their own philosophy and approach to counselling
  • To examine ethical principles and decision making in counselling situations

Technical requirements: A computer with a high speed internet connection and an up-to-date browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) is required. The course site is both Mac and Windows-compatible. 

This course requires approximately 3 hours of online study time per week for a total of 12 Continuing Education Credit hours.

Early registration (paid on or before December 23, 2016)   $255
Regular registration (paid after December 23, 2016) $290
Registration deadline: January 13, 2017  
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