Treating Sexual Abuse Survivors Utilizing Brief Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy Techniques


Developed and Presented by

Tammie Byram Fowles, MSW, Ph.D.

Consultation and Training

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Wayne, Maine

(207) 620-0792


“Significant problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking

we were at when we created them.” Einstein

anaruleA Dedication

I dedicate this workshop to you,

the wounded angels.

You who have courageously

shared with me your stories…

You have touched my life in ways that

I can’t possibly express,

and that you cannot imagine…

I have wept in your presence

in spite of the years of training

that cautioned me to be objective,

and to be still,

and to hide myself from you

while at the same time drawing you out…

They taught me that you were damaged

and that I would need to fix you…

I learned from you

that while you might be wounded,

you were still beautiful

and wise, and whole…

possessing healing tools of your own…

You told yourself that yours

was a story of pain of despair, and of failure…

Together we discovered that yours

was a story of courage, of survival,

of strength, and of hope…

© Tammie Byram Fowles, LISW, Ph.D.


Brief Overview:

This one-day seminar will provide participants with an overview of narrative therapy and current short-term treatment methods with a primary emphasis on solution-oriented psychotherapy. Practical techniques that maximize the resources of both the client and counselor to promote healing and change will also be explored.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

Identify and distinguish between therapy approaches which promote a self-perception of “victim” and those that promote a self-perception of “competent person.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of the core concepts of both brief treatment and narrative therapy
Identify common symptoms associated with PTSD and PSAT
Utilize Solution focused treatment tools
Identify and address safety Issues
Utilize the four-step approach to addressing Traumatic Cues and flashbacks 


Program Outline:

 Overview of Brief Treatment Methods
Overview of Narrative Therapy
Common Symptoms of PTSD/PSAT
Basic Solution Focused Tools
The Healing Journal
Utilizing Supportive Relationships
Safety Issues
Developing and Using Inner Resources
Associated Cues for Comfort
Coping with Traumatic Cues and Flashbacks
Critical Therapeutic Tasks
Reclaiming the Body
Dealing with Relapse
Meaningful Completions
Secondary Post Traumatic Stress

Who Should Attend:

This seminar is designed for human services providers who offer counseling and support to adult survivors of sexual abuse.

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 services providers, and facilitates personal growth retreats and workshops. She has appeared on both national radio and public television.


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