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Module Title
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Reference NU3784 Version 5
Created January 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 9
Approved August 2006 SCQF Points 15
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To enable the student to develop their awareness of Solution Focused Interactions and to facilitate the acquisition of core skills involved in this approach.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Discuss the theoretical development of solution focused brief therapy and to evaluate the impact of Milton Erickson, and others, on this.
2 Analyse the key factors contributing to the solution focused interview.
3 Compare and contrast the use of solution focused therapy techniques in their own practice.
4 Discuss the major differences between solution finding and problem solving.
5 Apply the principles of solution focused brief therapy, in an appropriate and therapeutic manner, within a simulated clinical setting.

Indicative Module Content
Milton Erickson; Strategic family therapy; Hypnotic interventions; Problem maintenance and problem solving; Development of solution orientated approaches; Theoretical background; Wittgenstein; Post-modernism; Constructivism; Okham's razor; Brief Family Therapy Centre; Solution finding; Miracle question and other externalising questions; Finding exceptions; Solution scaling; Framing and fitting; Solution focused interactions.

Module Delivery
This is a lecture based course supplemented with a range of participative, practice based study sessions.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours N/A 60
Non-Contact Hours N/A 90
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Practical Exam Weighting: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 5
Description: A practical exam will assess the student's ability to conduct a safe and competent solution focused interview.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: A written assignment will assess student's knowledge and understanding of solution focused interactions.

Explanatory Text
The overall grade for the module is a combination of the grade awarded for the practical exam and the grade awarded for the written assignment.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Minimum 1A / 1B
B Minimum 1B / 1C
C Minimum 1C / 1D
D Minimum 2D
E Minimum 1E
F Minimum 1F
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None, in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 DESHAZER, S., DOLAN, Y. and KORMAN, H., 2007. More than miracles: the state of the art of solution-focused brief therapy. New York, NY: Haworth Press.
2 RATNER, H., GEORGE, E. and IVESON, C., 2012. Solution focused brief therapy: 100 key points and techniques. Hove: Routledge.
3 MACDONALD, A., 2011. Solution-focused therapy: theory, research & practice. 2nd ed. London: Sage.
4 SHENNAN, G., 2014. Solution-focused practice: effective communication to facilitate change. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
5 VOGT, M., DREESEN, H. and SUNDMAN, P., 2015. Encounters with Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg: inside stories of solution-focused brief therapy. London: Solutions Books.


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