Solution-Focused Therapy: How Teaching Simple Skills Can Help Banish Mental “Disorders”

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Today’s guest is Dr. Ben Furman. Dr. Furman is a Finnish psychiatrist, psychotherapist and an internationally renowned teacher of solution-focused therapy. He graduated as a medical doctor from Helsinki University in 1979, and after working as a primary care physician initially, he shifted to psychiatry and received his specialist designation in adult psychiatry in 1986.

During his specialization, he studied psychotherapy, family therapy and brief therapy. Ben has written some twenty books, many of which have been translated into a number of foreign languages. He’s an active media personality in Finland, having hosted his own TV program and call-in radio show, both on the Finnish National Broadcasting Company YLE. He is internationally known as a trainer of solution-focused psychology and an active innovator of solution-focused methods and tools such as Kids’ Skills and Steps of Responsibility which help children overcome behavioral and emotional problems. Ben designed and developed the Kids’Skills App, available for free at iTunes.

Links of Interest

Ben’s website

The Kids’ Skills App

Ben’s YouTube Video about Kids’ Skills

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