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Module Title
Application of Solution Focused Brief Therapy to Practice

Solution Focused Therapy; Theory and Practice; Narrative Therapy; Fystemic Family Therapy; Integration to Practice.

SCQF Points30
ECTS Points15
CreatedFebruary 2007
ApprovedJanuary 2008
AmendedAugust 2016
Version No.4

Prerequisites for Module

In addition to course entry requirements, or equivalent, students must have completed Module NU3784 Solution Focused Brief Therapy (or equivalent).

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To enable participants to integrate Solution Focused Therapy into practice and to develop the students skills of reflective practice.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Discuss a range of systemic approaches to working with individuals and families and give examples of their application to practice.
2. Analyse a number of solution focused brief interventions from their own practice using a formal reflective model.
3. Explore the implications of adherence to a code of ethics and practice for both the individual and organisation.
4. Discuss their awareness of the impact of wider social context in respect of a range of issues, and demonstrate a commitment to anti-discriminatory practice.
5. Analyse their personal learning process over time.

Indicative Module Content

Solution focused brief therapy; theory and practice, systemic family therapy, narrative therapy, critical thinking, Milan model, family life cycle, structural family therapy, ethical practice, social context including: race, class, culture, gender, religion, sexual orientiation, age, and disability. Self reflection, critique of practice, models of supervision, self directed study, key literature in solution focused, and systemic practice.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Part Time
Lectures/tutorials/skills sessions

Directed Study

Self directed study

Private Study

Assignment Preparation
Reflective Practice

Mode of Delivery

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

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5

This course will be assessed by the completion of a portfolio demonstrating achievement of all the learning outcomes.

Indicative Bibliography

1.HANTON, P., 2011. Skills in solution focused brief counselling and psychotherapy. London: Sage.
2.DALLOS, R. and DRAPER, R., 2015. An Introduction to family therapy: systemic theory and practice. 4th ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
3.MCKERGOW, M. and BAILEY, H., 2015. HOST: Six new roles of engagement. London: Solutions Books.
4.EDWARDS, J., 2012. Strengths-based supervision in clinical practice. London: Sage.
5.CONNIE, E. and METCALF, L., 2009 The art of solution focused therapy. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.

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