On-Demand CE Training

ODL 219: Solution Focused Approaches in Healthcare Settings

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Created on 09/14/2023

Target Audience:

This course is targeted for social workers, case managers, nurses, and counselors.


The fast-paced nature of healthcare settings challenges clinicians to utilize appropriate intervention models within a specific time frame in which patients may only receive services for a brief amount of time. Solution-focused therapy offers promising approaches to addressing patient needs in a strengths-based, focused interviewing style. This course will explore how solution-focused tenets vary from traditional methods in which healthcare clinicians can utilize basic brief solution-focused inquiries to maximize time and solutions. Clinical tools such as EARS and ROPES will be presented, along with relevant case vignettes for critical thinking.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

  • Identify four key differences with traditional therapeutic approaches and solution-focused approaches by comparing and contrasting. 
  • Compose at least three solution-focused questions after exploring solution-focused interviewing styles and questions.
  • Identify three benefits of a solution-focused style in healthcare settings and with patients through case vignettes.


Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW, and owner of Diane Bigler Therapy Services, Inc. 

Diane Bigler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas. She has over 20 years of experience in the social services field. Diane has held positions as a therapist (in-home and outpatient), private practice owner, trainer/facilitator, clinical supervisor, and Professor of Social Work. She also has experience in corporate wellness training and coaching. Diane is most passionate about providing quality educational training to professionals. She enjoys spoiling her four Dachshunds and anything 80’s related.


Social Workers
ASWB ACE – 1 CE Credit
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work – 1 Contact Hour
Case Managers
CCMC – 1 Contact Hour
California Board of Registered Nursing – 1 Contact Hour
NBCC ACEP – 1 Contact Hour
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners – 1 Contact Hour

Please make sure to check with your own state board to ensure the transferability of CE credit for an asynchronous course. Some state boards may place restrictions regarding the modality of training required for ethics credits to be awarded. If this training indicates ethics credits are available, please verify that your state allows them to be earned through an on-demand course format.