Workshop Description


Solution-Focused Brief Counselling/Coaching is an evidence-based and strength-based framework for purposeful dialogue that promotes positive growth and builds on a client’s preferred future.  With this approach, people often experience a profound​ paradigm shift which allows them to create a meaningful and manageable forward-moving process and enjoy a positive shift in confidence, motivation and self-perception.

The Solution-Focused Brief approach was first developed by Steve deShazer, Insoo Kim Berg and their team, after spending thousands of hours carefully observing live and recorded therapy sessions and noting which behaviours or words on the part of the therapist reliably led to positive change in their clients. It was found that, contrary to the assumptions of most psychotherapeutic approaches, it was not necessary to make an extensive analysis of the history and cause of their clients' problems before attempting to develop any sort of solution.  Thus, the solution-focused approach concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of one’s problems or to achieve one’s goals. 

The Solution-Focused approach has gained impressive empirical support over the years and was certified as an Evidenced Based Treatment by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs Practices (NREPP).  Its effect sizes are similar to other evidenced-based approaches, such as CBT and IPT, but these effects are found in fewer average sessions.

The Solution-Focused Brief model is now being applied to coaching settings as well, to help people reach their optimal potential.  The application of the model in coaching vs. counselling settings is almost identical, with the exception of one simple question (which will be identified in the workshop!).

This two-day workshop introduces the foundational principles and techniques of Solution-Focused Brief Counselling & Coaching in a highly experiential and dialogic method. In-class activities include real-time demonstrations and peer coaching practice using solution-focused dialogue. Participants will learn how to have solution-building dialogue in both personal and professional settings while exchanging feedback, fortifying rapport, and generating client-directed outcomes and strategies

​​​You will learn:

  • The components of a Solution-Focused Brief framework including contract, preferred future, instances, and progress
  • Helpful opening questions (and which questions to avoid)
  • The Listen-Select-Build model
  • The Dialogic Orientation Quadrant (DOQ): A tool to help orient our conversations towards the future & to map our progress
  •  The CAB model (for sequencing the conversation in the most effective way)
  • The one question that differentiates solution-focused counselling from solution-focused coaching​

​​​​Instructor: Haesun Moon, M.Ed, PhD(c)
Location: The Festival Inn, 1144 Ontario Street, Stratford 
Early Bird Cost: $349 CAD + 13% HST (=$394.37) by May 12, 2019

Regular Cost: $379 CAD + 13% HST (=$428.27) after May 12, 2019
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.75 USD (as of Jan 24, 2019 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 9, 2019 by 4pm

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​The Festival Inn is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Rooms start at $129 + taxes (includes breakfast).  A block of rooms has been set aside for this event, up until May 12, 2019. For reservations, call 1-800-463-3581 or 519-273-1150 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block".  For other accommodation options, visit

Transforming Dialogue: Solution Focused Brief Coaching & Counselling

June 13-14, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm

About the Presenter

Haesun Moon, M.Ed, PhD(c),  is a leading expert and educator on coaching and the use of language in transforming workplace dialogues leading to social change. Creating small shifts in dialogues at work, at school, and at home to bring about positive changes in people through the intentional use of language is Haesun’s area of expertise and passion, and she contributes through research, publishing, facilitation, and coaching. Her academic and professional research in coaching dialogues and pedagogy from the University of Toronto introduced a simple coaching model, Dialogic Orientation Quadrant, that has transformed the way people coach and learn to coach worldwide. Haesun teaches Brief Coaching at the University of Toronto and serves as Executive Director at the Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching. Haesun resides in Toronto, Ontario, with her family including Kito, an affectionate terrier full of energy and random ideas.

Haesun's Ph.D. research is in Leadership & Higher/Adult Education, and she has a Masters of Education degree in Adult Education & Community Development, and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Life Sciences.  Her previous employment roles have included Professor of Psychology at Seneca College, Learning Consultant for the Ontario Ministry of Education, and Organizational Development & Leadership Associate at Sunnybrook Hospital.

For more information about Haesun and her work, go to

Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.

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"Although causes of problems may be extremely complex, their solutions do not necessarily need to be".
- Terry Trepper, PhD