The examinations at each level of certification follow training in the solution-focused model as originally developed at Brief Family Therapy Center (BFTC) by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg (De Shazer, 1988, 1991, 1994; de Shazer and Berg, 1992) and the team. BFTC developed the solution-focused brief therapy model (SFBT) influenced by the work of Milton Erickson and the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto. The IASTI training and examination may in addition to the model as it is described by Insoo and Steve also include later developments and descriptions of how the model can be used in solution-focused practices in a variety of contexts and clients.
Guidelines for Examination by Member Institutes:
The examinee shall for each level be able to demonstrate a level appropriate degree of understanding and skill regarding the following Solution-Focused skills and specific techniques.
The trainee shall be able to use the Solution-Focused specific techniques described below within the wider Solution-Focused framework of working with the clients own understanding of his/her situation. The trainee will always strive to form a working alliance, hold a respectful attitude and show curiosity and interest for the clients’ situation and circumstances.
Solution-Focused Specific Techniques
1. Understand, demonstrate and apply principles of Solution Development.
The Trainee will be able to demonstrate competence in using and following up a variety of Solution-Focused questions including:
b. Solution-Focused Coping Questions,
c. Exception Questions,
d. Goal Development Questions
e. The Miracle Question
f. Solution-Focused Safety Question
g. Questions aimed to follow up and amplify change happening between sessions, for example using the EARS model
3. Solution-Focused compliments, acknowledgment and validation.
4. Solution-Focused homework assignments
The bigger picture and background to the Solution-Focused model
Attitude & Context
Relationship & Interaction
Ideals and goals
Problems and Safety
Trainees will also be expected to explore serious danger, harm and risks and ensure safety for all involved in these situations, and to help clients do something different in problem situations to progress towards their goals.
Trainees will be able to support the client’s progress by defining small actionable steps, providing appropriate tasks and suggestions.
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