Short courses
Health & Social Care

Solution Focused Therapy*

University Certificate in Professional Development:

Solution focused therapy enhances existing therapeutic approaches and offers an alternative to other evidence-based therapies. It utilises process techniques that predate cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but CBT has begun to embrace these techniques whilst sharing a great deal with both systemic and client-centred approaches.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • One study day each week for 6 weeks
  • Enrolment date: March
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Contact details

Further information

  • HENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants (you must check this with admissions before applying)
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

The course is taught over a period of six study days over ten weeks. You learn through workshops, role play activities, video demonstrations and self-directed learning. You also use the virtual learning Environment (VLE) e-learning@tees to enhance your knowledge through virtual discussions and blogs. 

Your summative assessment consists of a video-recorded role-play with a 2,000-word reflection on your performance, which you submit in week 10 (100%). 

You develop knowledge, understanding, and the skills to provide solution focused therapy, including: rapport building; scaling to identify client resources and solutions; the role of experimental behaviour; an introduction to the miracle question, where it fits into therapy and where you go afterwards.

Centre for Professional and Executive Development, Teesside University Darlington Campus

How you learn

You learn in a variety of ways throughout the course:

Classroom-based learning
You attend six days of theoretical teaching, including short lectures, presentations, role plays and other activities. You are encouraged to share experiences and learning with each other, deliver presentations and facilitate group work. You also participate in scenario-based seminars to develop decision-making and problem-solving skills as well as simulation/role play activities and receive feedback from peers and module tutors. Role play is video-recorded for assessment purposes.

E-learning 
You use the VLE to access blogs related to the module content – enhancing online discussions. You are encouraged to use the VLE between your face-to-face study days.

How you are assessed

The formative process includes role play exercises and prepares you for the summative assessment. Some of these exercises are video-recorded – both you and the module team are able to access the recording for reflection purposes.

For your summative assessment, you complete a video-recorded role-play and a 2,000-word reflection on your performance, which you submit in week 10 (100%). 

You submit your written reflection electronically. Your mark and feedback is available 20 working days after the assignment hand-in date.

Career opportunities

The development of the solution focused therapy skills could enhance your employability prospects.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be a registered professional with either NMC, GMC, BPS, BABCP, HCPC or BACP and must be working in appropriate area of clinical practice, with clinical contact with service users.

* Subject to University approval

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • One study day each week for 6 weeks
  • Enrolment date: March
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Contact details

Further information