SFT Essentials (Solution-Focused Therapy)

16 modules


William Davies

11 Jul 2019



Online Solution-Focused Therapy training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT). Includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources.

This course aims to introduce you to the principles of SFT in a way that gives you a firm grasp of them and enables you to use them in a safe and helpful way. You should become at home with the approach which is often seen as a 'breath of fresh air' both to client and professional, looking for and finding effective solutions for problems, rather than being sucked further and further into the problem itself.

For further information on the format of APT online training click here.


Solution-Focused Therapy can seem a refreshingly easy therapy to conduct, and to be the recipient of. This is because many of its techniques capitalise on circuits in the brain that already exist. Utilising these, rather than trying to develop new circuits by discussion and experimentation, often achieves results that are rapid, fundamental, and stable.

This course therefore teaches the principles and practice of Solution-Focused Therapy in a way that delegates can - and will want to - use with their own caseload.

What this online course will do for you:

  • You will know about Solution-Focused Therapy: what it is and is not.

  • You will be able to fundamentally re-phrase problems so that they are not only solvable, but exciting to solve.
  • You will understand why (for example) that the harder one looks for happiness the less happy one becomes, the more one tries to stop worrying the more worried one becomes, and so on.
  • You will know better what to do with patients you are currently unable to make progress with.
  • You will know about 're-framing', why so many people rave about it, and how to do it.
  • You will know how to 'dissolve' the resistance that some patients have about tackling their problems, and give them a framework that motivates and relaxes them.
  • You will know why it is so important to spot 'problem-free' times and places, and how to utilise those.
  • You will be introduced to the miracle question and other powerful questions that move a person forward quickly.
  • You will know how to give a person a sense of direction and hope for the future.
  • You will know how to capitalise on what you have learned on the course.

What you receive as a result of completing this online course (and exam):

You will receive APT accreditation Level 2 and be able to print off a certificate to verify this.

You will have access to the course and resources for the duration of your accreditation (3 years), which is renewable by sitting an online refresher. Your registration lasts indefinitely.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 100,000 people having attended training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT). See APT accreditation for full details.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Accreditation Level 2

Learning Credits

Welcome and Introduction
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What is Solution Focused Therapy
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Solution Focused Questions
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Assessment and the First Session or Two
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Structuring Sessions with Individuals
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Asking and Answering SFT Questions v1-04
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Exploring for solutions
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A template for Success
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Problem Solving
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Reframing the Problem
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Changing the Client's Strategy
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Practice-Based Evidence
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The Ladder and The Finale Exercise
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What have you earned from completing this course?
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Added 2 days ago, by Anonymous
Enjoyable and easily to follow course you can do at your own pace.
Added 17 days ago, by Genevieve
Huge improvement on the older course, found this far more enjoyable and informative, thanks
Added 22 days ago, by Shilpa
Great course. Loved the example metaphors
Added 23 days ago, by Anonymous
The course gives some very valuable tools to add to a therapist tool box.
Added 30 days ago, by Anonymous
Really useful and well presented. Enjoyed being able to study in my own time and apply strategies to my own counselling practice.
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
I have found this very helpful in bringing together the different themes of suction focused therapy and providing me with possibilities that can be explored with the patients that I see
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
Great course
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
Excellent and well informed presentation thank you very much.
Added 2 months ago, by Akhtar Mahmood
Added 3 months ago, by Anonymous
The course provides an interesting and helpful first overview over SFBT.

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