Solution-Oriented Family Therapy - 2 CPD Hours

Solution-Oriented Family Therapy - 2 CPD Hours

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How do people get happy? That is the question that inspired pioneer Bill O’Hanlon to become a therapist and devote his life to respectfully and effectively helping people change through Solution-Oriented Therapy. Unlike many therapies that tend to focus on problems and explanations, Solution-Oriented Therapy (also known as Possibility Therapy) is an exciting, optimistic, and non-pathologizing model that taps into people’s potential to change.

Pam is a woman in her thirties who lives at home with her retired father, Adrian, and her working mother, Judy. Adrian and Judy are fed up with the way Pam always slams doors, mumbles, and walks away when they ask her questions or tell her what to do. According to Adrian, “She won’t talk to us about nothing!” In this live family therapy session, O’Hanlon helps this struggling family improve their communication by shining a light on their habitual interactional patterns, thus enabling them to begin to relate to each other more effectively. As O’Hanlon warmly engages and gently challenges each family member, he demonstrates some of the key aspects of Solution-Oriented Therapy, such as:

  • attending primarily to the present and future,
  • acknowledging feelings,
  • the three key components of change, and
  • focusing on exceptions and possibilities.

If you’re serious about helping your clients change, take advantage of this opportunity to learn from one of the most optimistic, dynamic, and inspirational therapists of our time.


By watching this video, you will:

  • Learn how to describe the principles and techniques of Solution-Oriented Family Therapy.
  • Learn how to apply the three key components of change in Solution-Oriented therapy.
  • Develop new strategies to help families change their habitual interactional patterns.

In a field that has a tendency to label and pathologize people, O’Hanlon’s respectful approach is quite refreshing. Whereas many therapists might focus on how this family is dysfunctional, O’Hanlon sees the best in them.



Bill O’Hanlon is the first of several family therapists in this series to conduct a session with this family. You can learn how different therapists approach the same family and the same issues by watching Structural Family Therapy with Harry Aponte and Bowenian Family Therapy with Philip Guerin.



About Bill O'Hanlon, M.S., LMFT


Bill O'Hanlon, M.S., LMFT is a psychotherapist, author, and workshop presenter. He co-developed Solution-Oriented Therapy, has authored or co-authored 30 books, and has given over two thousand workshop presentations in the U.S. and abroad.


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Individual Training Pack CPD 2 hours – £45.94

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