Solution Focused Brief Therapy: Introduction

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Course Category:

Cross Sector

Duration (hours):


Fees (Please note that the fees listed are for your reference only. The final course fee may vary.)
Name Fee (Excludes GST) Fee (Includes GST)
Nett Fee (after SSG funding) $ 85.00 $ 90.95
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 850.00 $ 909.50


The Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT): Introduction course is a highly experiential course designed for participants with little or no background in counselling or SFBT. The course aims to provide participants with a fundamental overview of the principles of solution focused brief therapy and its corresponding skills and techniques. Additionally, the course features practical hands-on application of communication techniques in overcoming barriers when aiding clients. Upon successful completion of the course, participants have the option to enrol and attend the progressive course entitled: “Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT): Intermediate”.

Target Participants:

New entrants to social work, existing social workers with less than two years of experience in a social service setting, para-counsellors, and other social service practitioners in a range of sectors (i.e. hospitals, schools).

Learners are assumed to possess an English Language (speaking, reading, writing and listening) proficiency level equivalent to:
- GCE ‘O’ level OR
- Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the 5 focuses and 3 principles of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

2. Plan a counselling session based on the assumptions of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in a client.

3. Apply Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) tools in working with clients.


Mode of delivery:
Blended learning (facilitated classroom training, online course materials & pre-course e-learning activities)

This course includes assessment components.
Assessment may be conducted during and/or after the course. As there is an assessment component for this course, grading and processing of results can only take place after course completion. Learners who pass the assessment(s) will be awarded with an electronic Certificate of Achievement from SSI. You will receive an email notification when your e-Cert is ready for download in your NCSS e-Services account.

Fee Remarks:

SSG funding is available for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only. For more information on SSG Training Grants, please visit:
SkillsFuture Singapore Funding.
SkillsFuture Credit.

VCF funding is available for foreigners who are staff of NCSS Member Social Service Agencies via Direct Training Application.

Terms and conditions apply. Applicants of above training grants should inform SSI upon submission of your application.

Trainer Profile:

Dr Joel Yang is a Clinical Psychologist by training. He is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society and Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. Since 2006, Dr Yang has worked in general and psychiatric hospitals, as well as community mental health settings in Australia (various institutions under Queensland Health) and Singapore (Khoo Teck Puat Hospital). Formerly Head of the Counselling program at SIM University, he currently holds an appointment with Yale-NUS College, and also maintains an independent private practice, Mind What Matters.

Therapeutically, Dr Yang works from a Cognitive-Behavioural and Solution-Focused approach, incorporating Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology.

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