Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy:

From Problems To Possibilities

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Developed and Presented by

Tammie Byram Fowles, Ph.D., LISW

Consultation and Training

Columbia, South Carolina


Wayne, Maine

(207) 620-0792


“If you go on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll go on getting what you’ve always got.”

Lair Ribeiro

Brief Overview:


This one day introductory seminar provides an overview of Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy Techniques. Participants will be instructed in the use of practical therapeutic tools designed to maximize the resources of both clients and counselors in order to promote change.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this seminar, participants will be able to:

Identify the commonalties that exist within all forms of brief or time-limited psychotherapy
Utilize the intake process to not only complete clinical assessments, but also as a platform from which the counselor can immediately begin to initiate the problem solving process.
Negotiate solvable problems
Utilize therapeutic language and solution-focused questions
Implement pattern interruptions and solution focused prescriptions

Program Outline:

Innovations in Brief Treatment will address the following:

  1. Overview of current Brief Treatment methods
Commonalties of Brief Treatment methods
Theoretical influences of Solution Oriented therapy
Assumptions regarding wholism and perception
Old assumptions vs. new assumptions
  1. Initial Interventions
Utilizing the initial sessions for assessment, treatment, planning, and to create momentum
Solution Focused Language
Negotiating Solvable problems
  1. Utilizing Pattern Interruptions 
The butterfly effect
Complaint pattern interventions
Context pattern interventions
Solution Focused Prescriptions
The surprise
The generic task
Rainy day letter
Letter from the future
Pretending Techniques

V. Narrative Therapy

Deconstruction Questions
Opening Space Questions
Preference Questions
Story Development Questions
Meaning Questions
  1. Maintaining Change
Focusing on success
Relapse Prevention
  1. Termination
Until we meet again
Rituals and closing

Who Should Attend:


This seminar is designed for all human service providers who are interested in an introduction to Solution focused brief therapy and narrative therapy techniques or who would like a refresher course.

Seminar Leader:

Tammie Byram Fowles, LISW, Ph.D. is the author of “BirthQuake: The Journey to Wholeness,” and is currently revising her work, “Finding the Forest: The Incorporation of Holistic Principles into a Brief Treatment Model with Survivors of Sexual Abuse.” Dr. Fowles offers training, clinical consultation and psychotherapy to human service providers, and facilitates personal growth retreats and workshops. She has appeared on both national radio and public television.


“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.”

 William James


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