The examinations at each level of certification follows 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 MRI institute at Palo Alto. The IASTI training and examination may in addition to the model as it was described by Insoo and Steve also include later developments and descriptions of how the approach can be used in Solution-Focused practices in a variety of contexts and clients. Trainees’ examinations can be incorporated into the training process and scheduled during the training schedule; however in this case, the time needed for completing exams must then be added to the 150 hours of training required for the certification at each level. Examinations may also be conducted separately from the scheduled training schedule.
The Master level IASTI certificate cannot be earned in less than 2 years and a minimum of 1 year is recommended for completion of each IASTI Certification level.
Quantity of training
The proportion between classroom and personal training activities is 1:2 at each level of certification. This reflects the shared view of IASTI Member Institutes that in order to be most successful, trainees need to practice the solution-focused model in their respective professional environments, and that trainees need to develop their skills in a variety of ways both within and outside of the training classroom.
Quality of training
- “Direct contact training” is the organized formal training that can take place in a classroom with a teacher/trainer. It includes the trainer giving lectures describing the model, but also; exercises targeting specific solution-focused techniques, the studying of videotaped sessions, watching live interviews with clients and other work on specific example cases.
- “Personal professional practice training activities” are activities that the trainee will be able to exercise in part during their normal working hours. Since the training and practice of the solution-focused model is meant to be done at least in part within the context of trainees’ every day professional activities, trainees do not necessarily need to allocate exclusive time for all required hours toward certification. Examples of these training activities include: Using solution-focused techniques in sessions and evaluating the result, reading assigned solution-focused texts, peer supervision, role plays, keeping a daily diary of Luc Isebaert’s Therapist Happiness Questions, using the Solution-Focused Micro tools of Michael Hjerth, or other solution-focused learning activities identified by an IASTI Institute.
- Hours of supervision of the trainee’s work are regarded by IASTI as an important part of training in the solution-focused model and these are to be included in the total of 150 hours training at each level of certification. Each institute will plan for the inclusion of supervision in their training program with regard to their training tradition and local context.