Therapy pioneer, author to lead session June 20

Insoo Kim BergThe SUNY Oswego Institute for Professional and Organizational Development will feature a daylong interactive seminar for people in the helping professions June 20 in Sheldon Hall.

Insoo Kim Berg, an international speaker, author and co-developer of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Model, will facilitate the seminar. She will share practical, useful tools and techniques that social workers, counselors, therapists and healthcare workers can use in the treatment of “multiple-problem” families and other difficult situations, organizers said. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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

The Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Model, developed by Berg and a colleague, is designed to simplify complex cases into manageable ways to work for social workers, counselors, therapists and healthcare workers who desire more effective results when providing services to families and children, working within the child welfare system and attempting to engage families who are mandated to participate in the system.

Berg has lectured across North America, Europe, Australia and other Pacific Rim countries. A native of Korea, Berg balances her heritage with Western scientific training in her clinical practice and teaching. She is the executive director of Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee.

Her books and papers have been translated into 14 languages.  The prolific writer has published eight acclaimed books in 10 years.  Her most recent books include “Tale of Solutions” (2001), “Building Solutions in Child Protective Services” (2000) and “Interviewing for Solutions” (1997 and 2001).

The cost to attend this full-day, interactive seminar is $80 per person, with substantial discounts offered to students and groups of four to eight. The cost includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Pre-registration is required. 

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: Jun 05, 2006)