by Insoo Kim Berg, LCSW
As the name implies, solution-focused therapy emphasizes clients’ existing strengths and skills instead of problems and psychopathology. In this video, Berg demonstrates her uniquely optimistic and supportive therapy style.
Watch Insoo Kim Berg masterfully demonstrate Solution-Focused Therapy in an actual therapy session in this 3-part video. What a treat to see this legendary therapist in action!
As the name implies, solution-focused therapy emphasizes clients’ existing strengths and skills instead of problems and psychopathology. In this video, Berg demonstrates her uniquely optimistic and supportive therapy style. See how effectively she connects with the client, using her language, tracking how the client frames her problems, and mirroring her skills and assets. Hosts Jon Carlson and Diane Kjos introduce Berg and facilitate an enlightening discussion, which sheds light on the subtle nuances of this seemingly simplistic approach.
From watching this Solution-Focused Therapy video, you will:
Develop an understanding of the key concepts of Solution-Focused Therapy including assuming the client as expert, and focusing on strengths and solutions, rather than problems and diagnoses.
Gain insight into Insoo Kim Berg’s interview style and how she responds to clients using their words, mirrors their skills and assets, and reframes problems into solutions.
Learn how to apply Solution-Focused techniques including the Miracle Question, Scaling, and Exceptions to your own therapeutic work with clients.
Insoo Kim Berg, MSSW (1934-2007), was co-founder and director of the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, WI. She developed the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) model with her partner, Steve de Shazer. A native of Korea, Insoo balanced her heritage with Western scientific training in her clinical practice and teaching.
Berg served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Family Psychology and Counseling Series, Families in Society, and Family Process. She was a founder of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association, clinical member and approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and was also active in the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the National Association of Social Workers, and the European Brief Therapy Association. She was a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences and regularly conducted seminars and workshops on SFBT throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Asia, and Europe.
A prolific writer, Insoo published eight highly acclaimed books in ten years, including More than Miracles: The State of the Art of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (2007), Tales of Solutions (2001), Building Solutions in Child Protective Services (2000), and Interviewing for Solutions (1997 and 2001, 2nd ed).
DVD 2 hrs. 1 min.