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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is becoming increasingly popular, especially as insurance companies place more and more restrictions and limitations on mental health treatment coverage. SFBT can also be an incredibly effective approach for work with families, especially since at the root of most family system dysfunction is a negative dynamic – or a “problem” that we can troubleshoot for a targeted solution to change the way the family system operates.

Please join us for a learning experience that will inform you how solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) can be used to effectively support and treat families. Discover this effective modality to move families out of problem focused, conflicted dynamics and into a future place when past conflict no longer impacts their daily lives. Learn specific and intentional interventions to deal with negative communication patterns. Discover the most effective way to use scaling, specifically to assess each member’s perspective on the family communication to move them into positive, solution focused interactions and healing.


In addition to the below Objectives, this course will also touch on the following:

  • Describe the brief history of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
  • Name the eight principles of SFBT.
  • Describe the three-part SFBT skeleton.
  • Identify which interventions and questions fit in the three parts of the skeleton.
  • Learn and practice the nuances of language needed to effectively use SFBT with families.
  • Name two ways that scaling and the use of visuals such as flip charts provide concrete interventions in family sessions.
  • Identify two ways that working with a color-coded scaling system is beneficial to track progress when using SFBT with families.
  • Define and describe “The trifecta” and resources that are specific to the importance of it in SFBT family treatment.


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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). State the difference between problem solving and solution building, specifically when working within a family system and define the family system within the SF model.

b). Identify at least two interventions and questions in SFBT that can be used as specific interventions when working with challenging family dynamics.

c). Describe two ways that relational questions support an intentional approach to assess and improve communication between family members.


Target Audience:

Clinical Mental Health Professionals such as Counselors, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS

Material Author(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS

A native of Wyoming, Jodi holds an Associate of Science Degree in Education from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences with areas of emphasis in psychology, economics, political science and anthropology, and a Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Leadership from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.  She holds professional counseling licenses in good standing in Colorado (LPC-2476, March 2000) and Wyoming (LPC-1602, September 2016), is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, a certified Solution Focused Brief Therapy practitioner, is a trainer for Professional Case Management and Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling, holds a certificate in the Human/Animal Bond from the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work, has studied and gained numerous continuing education credits in the area of the human/animal bond, has been registered with three therapy dogs (2005, 2010 and 2019) and is a tester/observer for Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a national credentialing organization for therapy dog teams headquarter in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Jodi’s passion for culturally meaningful human/animal bond and agriculture related services in rural areas resulted in her developing animal assisted therapy programs for two community behavioral health centers: Centennial Mental Health Center in Northeast Colorado and Peak Wellness Center in Southeast Wyoming.  She also developed a therapeutic horticulture program while at Centennial Mental Health Center.   Jodi has held positions as a clinician, clinical coordinator, clinical supervisor, regional clinical director, telehealth clinical supervisor and education and training coordinator in her years in community behavioral health.  In addition to the program development mentioned above, Jodi was the architect for and developed a centralized telehealth clinical supervision model for Peak Wellness Center.  

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