Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult), but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Parents who have had their children removed from their custody and into foster care by Child Welfare Services (CWS), have been referred by CWS for substance use and mental health treatment, and have a case plan goal of family reunification

Brief Description

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a therapy model that asserts the importance of building on the resources and motivation of clients because they know their problems best and are capable of generating solutions to solve their own problems. Central to SFBT is client strengths and resiliencies, clients’ prior ability to develop solutions, and exceptions to problems. Discussion of exceptions and movement towards future adaptive behaviors allows the clinician and client to focus on solutions to the client’s problem, rather than dwelling on the problem itself. The emphasis of SFBT is on the process of developing an image of a realistic solution rather than dwelling on the past manifestation of the problem, with the focus being on identifying past successes and exceptions to the problem in an effort to accomplish set goals.

Program Goals:

The goals of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) are:

  • Decrease substance use and substance abuse related problems
  • Decrease trauma-related problems

Contact Information

Name: Johnny S. Kim, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: University of Denver
Phone: (303) 871-3498

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: February 2017