Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (Working with Couples)


  • Very Good. It has helped me to expand my perspective of SFBT and how to apply it across various context.

    Jennifer Tan
  • Yes, helped me to be more familiar with SFBT principles & techniques.

    Sandra Tan
  • The programme was well-designed. It had included good air time for role playing and video sessions.

    Sim Yih Shyang

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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an approach in counselling, psychotherapy and social work that aims to help clients to generate solutions. Its ideas have also been used in clinical supervision, coaching, education and management. It is an approach that is client-centred, strength-based, goal-focused, contextual and usually brief.

Course Objectives

  • To engage couples into solution-building work
  • To apply SF questions in conjoint sessions
  • To use specific tools in SF couple work

Course Content

  • Assessment of couple's readiness for shared vision of solutions
  • Use of relationship as the basis for solution-building
  • Engagement of the 'involuntary' party
  • Handling of couples' conflicts and intense emotions
  • Use of Genogram in SF work with couples
  • Use of Couple's Resource Map in pre-marital counselling

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for practitioners in the social service field who are working with individuals, families, groups and/or communities. It will be relevant to those working with children, youth and/or adults. It is appropriate for social workers, welfare workers, counsellors, therapists, psychologists, teachers and anyone else who are interested in helping people.


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

 Course Fee (Nett)



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding 



Dr. Carolyn Ng, Psy.D., FT is currently a private practitioner, as well as Associate Director and Faculty with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. Previously, she was a Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling support. She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). She is also a Fellow in Thanatology registered with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), USA; as well as a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, Australia. She is certified in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Narrative Therapy as well.

Carolyn first graduated with Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, Australia, majoring in psychology, followed by Master of Social Science (Counselling) from the Edith Cowan University, Australia and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (Conflict Management) from the Trinity Theological Seminary, USA. She subsequently completed her doctoral training in psychology with the California Southern University, USA. She is also trained in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, USA, community crisis response by the National Organisation for Victim Assistance (NOVA), USA, as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) by LivingWorks, Canada. She is certified as Advanced Care Planning facilitator as well.

Her wide counselling experiences cover youth delinquency issues, marital issues, family violence issues, mental health issues, incarceration issues, grief and loss issues, and crisis interventions. She also has varied supervisory experiences with such helping professionals as counsellors, social workers and therapists in diverse settings. She conducts training workshops on various topics in English, Mandarin and Cantonese as well, as invited by different organizations both in Singapore and other countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, Bhutan and Australia over the years.

Application and Enquiries

Dave Goh

6593 5284

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Course Schedule

Dates No dates scheduled at the moment,
Timing 9.00am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Dr Carolyn Ng
Venue(s) To Be Advised