Interactive session to spotlight therapy model

The SUNY Oswego Institute for Professional and Organizational Development will host Dan Gallagher presenting an interactive Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Model seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5 at the Oswego State Education Center in Phoenix.

The goal of the session is to share practical, useful tools and techniques that practitioners and social workers can use immediately in the treatment of families with multiple problems and other difficult situations, said Donna Besaw, assistant director of the institute.

“The reality of shrinking resources and changing views of helping relationships demand the most innovative, cost-effective and client-driven solutions,” Besaw said.

“The purpose of this seminar is to provide practitioners and social workers the continued opportunity to develop new skills to handle complex, multiple-problem situations that challenge our compassion and a belief that we can make a difference,” Besaw added. “Learning and practicing new techniques energizes people to do their jobs with a renewed sense of mission.”

Insoo Kim Berg, an author and co-developer of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Model, introduced the program to the community at SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall in last year. Berg passed away in January, and Gallagher is carrying on her work, Besaw said. 

The model is designed to simplify complex cases into manageable ways for social workers, counselors, therapists and health care workers who desire more effective results when providing services to families and children, while working within the child welfare system and attempting to engage families who are mandated to participate.

Cost to attend this full-day interactive seminar, which includes lunch, is $85 per person, with substantial discounts offered to students and groups from one agency, Besaw said. Pre-registration is required. Those new to this therapy model are welcome.

For more information, call the SUNY Oswego Institute for Professional and Organizational Development at 312-6430, visit or e-mail

The institute is dedicated to partnering with business, government and nonprofit organizations to develop and deliver customized employee training based on current and future business needs. Its mission, “Your Success Is Our Business,” focuses on bottom-line results.

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(Posted: May 16, 2007)