Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology

This subject introduces students to the methodology and practice of Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), including the emergence, integrational practice, and important figures for this therapy, as well as the individual, family and group approaches to this therapy.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC331
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Sharon Garro


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Examine brief intervention theories and therapies, including Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology
  2. Develop and advanced understanding of how to apply brief intervention therapeutic techniques to a range of presenting issues
  3. Assess, conceptualise and determine the use of Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology for a range of presenting issues, including integration considerations
  4. Develop the skills to create a collaborative client-therapist relationship

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Course
  • Introduction to Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • SFT: Getting Started & Establishing a Contract
  • SFT: The Client Preferred Future & Instant of Success
  • SFT: Measuring Progress
  • SFT with Children, Families & Schools 
  • SFT with Adults & Organisational Applications
  • SFT: Application to Different Mental Health Issues 
  • SFT: Coping Questions
  • SFT: Ending & Follow up Sessions
  • Introduction to Positive Psychology (PP)
  • PP: Positive Emotions, Leisure & Performance, Love & Wellbeing, Positive Health, Beauty & Excellence    
  • PP: Religion, Spirituality & Wellbeing
  • PP: Positive Institutions
  • PP: Integration of Positive Psychology with Other Therapy Models, Final Reflections

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Workbook (25%)
  • Group Assessment and Therapy Plan (15%)
  • Individual Roleplay (25%)
  • Personal Reflection (10%)
  • Minor Essay (25%)

Prescribed Text

Ratner, H., George, E., Iveson, C. (2012) Solution Focused Brief Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques. Routledge.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.