Solution-focused counseling is a comprehensive model that emphasizes clients' resources, strengths, and effective coping skills to bring about positive change. If these resources—called exceptions—are identified and amplified, then problem resolution can be brought about in an effective and efficient manner. Solution-focused counseling holds that clinical realities are co-created in therapeutic conversations. Accordingly, defining problems and goals in solution-focused counseling is a collaborative process. 

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Jeffrey Guterman provides an opportunity to learn the theory and practice of solution-focused counseling. Dr. Guterman will review the main principles of the model and describe the theory of problems and change in solution-focused counseling. Attendees will learn the stages of the model, including: 

In addition, Dr. Guterman will provide an overview of solution-focused techniques that use exception questions, scaling, and structured tasks as well as their clinical applications. He will also describe a variety of clinical applications for solution-focused counseling.

Solution-focused counseling follows a strategic approach to eclecticism that allows for the compatible and effective application of theories and techniques from other therapeutic approaches. Dr. Guterman will provide insight into this modality that emphasizes how the diverse worldviews and experiences of individuals in therapy inform, influence, and impact problems, goals, and the treatment process. From this unique perspective, both the individual and the clinician teach and learn from one another and, thereby, co-create cultures of therapy.

This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Summarize the main principles of solution-focused counseling.

  2. Explain the theory of problems and change of solution-focused counseling.

  3. Discuss the clinical stages of solution-focused counseling.

  4. Demonstrate solution-focused counseling techniques.

  5. Recognize clinical applications of solution-focused counseling.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE contact hours will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

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Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to members.

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Meet the Presenter

Jeffrey Guterman, PhD

Jeffrey Guterman, PhD is a licensed mental health counselor and a qualified supervisor in private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of mental health and has worked in various settings, including psychiatric hospitals, managed care, private practice, and teaching in graduate school counseling programs. 

Dr. Guterman is the author of over 150 publications, including the book Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling. In the 1980s, Dr. Guterman was trained in rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and he received direct supervision from its founder, psychologist Dr. Albert Ellis. 

Dr. Guterman shifted to a solution-focused approach in the 1990s and developed solution-focused counseling, a comprehensive model that integrates solution-focused principles and theories, a strategic approach to eclecticism, and an emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism. He has presented numerous trainings and workshops on solution-focused counseling. 

For more information about Dr. Guterman and his work, please visit and on Twitter @JeffreyGuterman

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