Certificate in Solution Focused Practice

The Solution Focused Trainers Level 3 Certificate in Solution Focused Practice is a short intensive course which provides students with space to adapt the learning to their particular practice setting.

Who is this course for?

The generic Solution Focused Trainers Level 3 Certificate in Solution Focused Practice has enabled students to apply the approach to a wide range of settings including mental health, social care, offending services, private practice, in-patient mental health, education, FE counselling services and CAMHS. The course has worked well for students new to Solution Focused Practice as well as experienced students who wanted “something more than an attendance certificate”.

What do people get out of it?

Completion of the course provides an externally validated qualification in Solution Focused Practice and practice skills which contribute to significant change in the lives of service users. Students also retain access to Moodle, a password protected platform, which includes a forum for discussing the SF approach with past, present and future students of our courses and a resource section which is updated whenever we come across interesting articles, research, or other information about Solution Focused Practice.

What is involved?

The Solution Focused Trainers Level 3 Certificate in Solution Focused Practice is delivered over three months: two consecutive days followed by two more consecutive days a month later and a final day after a further month. Evidence of learning is demonstrated through a short presentation, observation of skills, a learning and practice log, an audio recording of practice with a written reflection and a case study.

Entry requirements

To attend the training applicants will need to:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be engaged in direct work with people
  • Have permission from their employer to attend the training and support to do so
  • Have permission to use their direct work to evidence their learning
  • Be able to speak and write in English to a reasonable level of ability
  • Be qualified to the level of 5 GCSE’s, Level 2 NVQ or the equivalent or above.


Dates to be announced for further courses on Northampton, Sheffield, Manchester and Worcestershire along with the first course to be offered in Bath in 2017. When enquiring for more information please let us know your preferred location.

SHEFFIELD September 2018
  1. Thursday 27 September 2018
  2. Friday 28 September 2018
  3. Thursday 1 November 2018
  4. Friday 2 November 2018
  5. Friday 30 November 2018

Deadline for applications 31 August 2018
Howells Solicitors, Bridge St. Sheffield S3 8NL
Trainer: Naomi Whitehead


TYNESIDE October 2018
  1. Thursday 11 October 2018
  2. Friday 12 October 2018
  3. Thursday 8 November 2018
  4. Friday 9 November 2018
  5. Friday 7 December 2018

Deadline for applications 14 September 2018
Barmoor Hub, Barmoor, Ryton, Tyne & Wear, NE40 3AR
Trainer: John Wheeler


LONDON October 2018
  1. Thursday 18 October 2018
  2. Friday 19 October 2018
  3. Thursday 15 November 2018
  4. Friday 16 November 2018
  5. Friday 14 December 2018

Deadline for applications 20 September 2018
St Barnabas Clapham Common, Clapham Common Northside, London, SW4 9SW
Trainer: Kidge Burns


BATH October 2018
  1. Monday 29 October 2018
  2. Tuesday 30 October 2018
  3. Thursday 10 January 2019
  4. Friday 11 January 2019
  5. Friday 15 February 2019

Deadline for applications 1 October 2018
Weston Methodist Church, Weston Methodist Church (Training rooms), Newbridge Hill, Bath, BA1 3PW
Trainer: Tara Gretton


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