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AASW Webinar Recording | Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Techniques for single or limited session interventions

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knoweldge

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Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Techniques for single or limited session interventions webinar.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a short-term, goals focused, evidence-based approach…which helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than focusing on problems. ( 2022)

Social Workers seek to empower the people they work with and liberate them from social injustice. While Solution-Focused techniques may be most useful in working at a micro level, the principles align with the belief that individuals are the experts in their lives and have the strength and knowledge to build creative solutions towards change. In promoting this belief, we, as Social Workers, promote the values we hold of respect for persons, social justice, and professional integrity.

Incorporating these techniques into practice demonstrates the power of Social Work as a profession and provides a solid framework for Social Work practice in the challenging field of crisis and short intervention work.

When a person accesses a crisis service or a service offering short intervention they are often distressed, have many issues converging, or find it difficult to choose what they wish to work on. Understanding how to support an individual to make the best use of their, and your, expertise is challenging.

This webinar recording draws on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Client Directed-Outcome Informed Therapy, and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. The techniques from these models will allow practitioners to maintain clarity in another’s crisis, modify their and their client’s expectations of what can be done, and help their clients to achieve small, but important goals to set the foundations for ongoing recovery and/or thriving in the face of adversity.

"Elissa was very engaging and explained the content in a clear and concise way. The case study was a great way to see it in practice" – webinar participant, June 2022.

"Fantastic practical and logical framework for short term work, which is exactly relevant to my job" – webinar participant, June 2022.

Who should register? Evolving or established practitioners who would like to broaden their understanding of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health; Clinical

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this 90-minute webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the theories and principles that underpin Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Identify the benefits and barriers of using Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with clients
  • Understand the importance of parallel processing and Solution-Focused questioning and how they can impact client outcomes
  • Develop appropriate solution-focused strategies to engage with and support clients in a range of settings


Elissa See is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. The ChildTrauma Academy acknowledges that Elissa has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level.

Elissa began her career working with people in financial and emotional crisis, which spurred her on to find more effective ways to elicit positive change in a short space of time. Understanding Solution-Focused Brief Therapy opened a new language and model of practice to her that held the person as the expert in their own life and focused on solution creation rather than problem saturation.

In her 20 year career, Elissa has carried the basic Principles of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy into longer term, developmental trauma and Eating Disorder therapy recognizing that in any healing process the individual and the therapeutic relationship hold the key for change.

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this recording, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW online on-demand training platform.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.

Subtitles are available.


The webinar recording duration is 1.5 hours.


This recording can be claimed for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

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Members: $90.00 (including GST)
New graduates, retired and student members: $45.00 (including GST)
Non-members: $120.00 (including GST)
Non-member students: $90.00 (including GST)


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