Date & Time: February 20 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: University Center, Room 113, Hybrid

In this 3 hour experiential workshop, we will focus on the ideas and techniques of strategic brief counseling developed by the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, California, and by Jay Haley and other strategic therapists. 

This workshop is being offered both in-person and online. 


We will focus on five “solutions” that people employ to resolve everyday problems and how attempting to solve these problems brings about psychological symptoms that might require professional help. The five “solutions” are:

  • Attempting to control natural-biological processes, such as breathing, thinking, or sleeping – biological activities that should not be controlled. The more we try to control our thoughts, feelings, and sleeping habits – the more we deepen our problems. Under this category, we will find symptoms like insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
  • Avoiding facing challenging situations to practice and ensuring success. The more we avoid, the more our problems are worsened. . Under this category we will find symptoms like phobia, social anxiety, and avoidance behavior.
  • Fighting to reach harmony. This “solution” is common in family and couple’s relationships, workplace, and social groups. Each side is trying to forcefully achieve harmony, justice, and other good values. The result is never-ending fights and disputes.
  • Attempting to achieve compliance voluntarily. For example, manipulating a child or a partner to comply with one’s wishes, wishfully and voluntarily. The child or the partner than finds himself or herself in a confused situation: if he/she complies – it was not one voluntary – and if he/she does not comply – he/she may be subject to anger. The situation may occur in a couple’s relationship, a parent-child relationship, or between a social worker and her/his nonvoluntary clients.
  • Defending oneself under accusation – the more you try to defend yourself the more you are being accused. The situation may occur in a couple’s relationship, parent-child relationship, or workplace.

In the second part of the workshop, we will learn three main techniques to overcome and reverse these wrong solutions.

  • Reframing – giving different meanings to the situation to change the client’s perspective and encourage him/her to behave differently.
  • Paradoxical intervention – prescribing the symptom under specific and alternative conditions.
  • Ordeal therapy – prescribing an ordeal that may benefit the client to replace the symptom.

CEs: 3


  • Develop the ability to accurately define and articulate specific problems and goals in the context of brief counseling.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and methodologies of strategic brief counseling, particularly those developed by the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, California, and the approaches of Jay Haley and other strategic therapists.
  • Acquire practical skills to effectively utilize strategic brief counseling techniques and resources in professional and personal settings.


  • $80- Regular
  • $60 – Alumni, FI, Adjunct
  • $45- Veterans Rate
  • Current AUSSW Students, FREE

Adelphi Staff and Faculty can contact from their AU email for a discount code.

Meet the Speaker

Dr. Vered Slonim-Nevo

Dr. Vered Slonim-Nevo photo wearing a black sweater

Dr. Vered Slonim-Nevo is a social worker and a licensed family therapist. Her expertise includes treatment evaluation, immigration, families living in poverty, and refugees worldwide. She has written many articles and books and teaches various therapeutic courses at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education credits for the following:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal (upon approval)
  • APA Psychology
  • LCAT
  • NYSED Psychology

Find more credentialing information.

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot refund cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

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