These strength-based courses offers an alternative skill set - solution-focused and strength-driven and represents a paradigm shift for most physicians.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) was developed in the early 1980s and recently was listed as an evidence-based model. An advantage of this approach is that, because of its future solution-focus and strength-driven foundation, it is the least intrusive and anxiety provoking therapeutic approach, and consistent with the “do no harm” principle. Another significant advantage of SFBT is that it is considered the predominant brief approach, and can be integrated with other models. Finally, this model does not preclude or impact potential late application of alternative models in refractory cases.

SFBT approach represents a paradigm shift from the classical problem-focused and symptom-based, to a post-modern solution-focused and strength-based interventions.


These courses are intended for General Practitioners. On a case by case basis, we will consider other individuals with significant related experience. Please email and attach your CV including all work and education experience.

These courses are accredited with the GPPA (General Practice Psychotherapy Association). You can receive 12 hours of GPPA CE-Group credits and 2 hours of GPPA CCI credits for each of the courses below.

A Patient Centered Strength-Based Approach to Treatment

Course Description

The aim of this course is to acquire an understanding of the principles, assumptions, and techniques of the solution-focused model in order to learn the skills to conduct interviews in which patients’ existing strengths, abilities, resources, and goals are utilized to help them develop solutions to a wide range of human challenges. More specifically, the objectives of this course are as follows:

  • Recognize the difference between problem solving and solution building interventions, and how to shift patient problem-talk to solution-talk  
  • Acquire the skills to utilize the Tri-Phase solution building template developed with UofT students over the last decade
  • Learn how microanalysis improves clinical practice, and how patients are impacted by the embedded presumptions of therapist questions/interventions

Earn 12 hrs of GPPA CE-Group credits and 2 hrs of GPPA CCI credits.

Stress, Anxiety, Strength-Based Interventions & the Promotion of Patient Self-Care

Course Description

The course will review the tenets, assumptions and techniques of the solution-focused approach and how to apply them to the management of stress and anxiety.  Particular attention will be placed on listening with a ‘constructive ear’ and developing the strength-based mindset. More specifically, the objectives of this course are as follows:

  • Review the philosophy, assumptions and techniques of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Be able to apply the Solution-Focused approach to the management of stress and anxiety, and understand the strategies that promote change
  • Understand how to apply the 5 strength-based interventions to encourage "solution-talk" and minimize "problem-talk"
  • Provide an opportunity for the participants to use a simple tool to assess their own work-life balance, and develop an action plan for improvement
  •  Encourage patients to develop a strength-based treatment plan to improve their self-care by applying the above mentioned skills and strategies to better manage their stress and anxiety

Earn 12 hrs of GPPA CE-Group credits and 2 hrs of GPPA CCI credits.