The Solution-Oriented Approach

A Radically Simple and Powerful Method of Creating Rapid Change (14.5 CE Hours)

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Taught By Co-Creator, Bill O'Hanlon

*14.5 Continuing Educaiton (CE) Clock Hours for Behavioral Health Professionals

Bill O'Hanlon knew he had a mission as a pioneer in the fields of psychotherapy and change. Inspired by his mentor, the late Dr. Milton Erickson, Bill set about to revolutionize the world's perception of mental health pathology and the possibilities of empowering people to discover new solutions by helping them focus on the parts of their lives with unseen opportunity.

Along with co-founder, Michele Weiner-Davis, O'Hanlon created the Solution-Oriented Approach to change and growth. This approach draws and expands on the work and teaching of Milton Erickson, the Brief Therapy methods shaped by the associates from the Mental Research Institute, and the Solution-Focused innovations of Steve de Shazer and the Milwaukee Brief Family Therapy Center.

O'Hanlon (and Weiner-Davis) strove to create a model that was future-focused, while also acknowledging the emotions of people and the practical impact of their lived contexts. In doing so, the Solution-Oriented Approach they created brings both deep compassion and clear pathways to new possibilities.

In this comprehensive course, created by O'Hanlon himself, you will get first-hand instruction in this truly helpful and innovative approach to change and growth, along with great live demonstrations on how these methods can be applied. We believe the concepts and methods O'Hanlon shares will be of deep benefit to the development of your own clinical skills and to the continued growth of those you serve.

Course Learning Objectives

  1. To consider the narrative legacy of the therapeutic work of Milton Erickson and how it provides insights into alternative ways to conceptualize pathology and the related opportunities for clients to experience therapeutic growth.
  2. To explore various concepts and techniques in the Solution-Oriented Approach to facilitating change; such as finding exceptions, enhancing competence and coping, considering future solutions and techniques, etc.
  3. To observe demonstrations of the Solution-Oriented method of hypnosis.
  4. To observe a live demonstration of the Solution-Oriented Approach as a therapeutic/change method.
  5. To process the further application of the Solution-Oriented Approach through recorded couching calls with students of the approach.

And know you can buy this course without any risk. We have a full refund policy for anyone who decides they do not want to keep the course within 30-Days of purchase.

This training contains 14.5 clock hours of behavioral health continuing education* under the approval bodies listed below.

PsychMaven is responsible for all aspects for this program.

*PsychMaven has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) for both Live/Real Time and Home Study continuing education (CE) Programs. ACEP No.6624. This program is designed to meet the standards of NBCC content areas no.1 (Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship). PsychMaven is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.

*PsychMaven is a Licensed Social Worker Continuing Education Provider under the Texas State Board for Social Worker Examiners (Provider No. 7751). PsychMaven may provide continuing education to Social Workers certified and/or licensed in that state, and in other states/jurisdictions that accept the Continuing Education (CE) approval of other state Social Work boards. Please contact your state licensing board if you have questions about the acceptability of continuing education (CE) hours.

*PsychMaven is an Approved Education Provider (AEP) for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC No. 122584) and may offer approved clock hours for programs that meet NAADAC requirements. This program is designed to primarily meet NAADAC counselor skills group no.4 (Counseling Services)

For the latest on the the CE Approvals of PsychMaven, as well as guidance on CE requirements for different disciplines, visit us at

Your Instructor

Bill O'Hanlon, MS
Bill O'Hanlon, MS

William "Bill" O'Hanlon is a world renowned leader in the fields of brief psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis. Bill is the author of nearly 40 books and has delivered over 3500 talks around the world, and teaches others how to write and publish their own books and how to become paid public speakers. Bill is the co-founder of the Solution-Oriented Approach, a therapeutic method that focuses on identifying unrealized possibilities while acknowledging emotional and contextual issues. During graduate school, Bill studied with the eccentric and creative psychiatrist Milton Erickson (he was Dr. Erickson's only work/study student), he later became a major teacher/translator of Dr. Erickson's approaches to clinical hypnosis and change. More on Bill can be found at

Course Curriculum

  Conclusion, Evaluation, & Continuing Education Certificate
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course is open to new students during our launches. But once you enroll, you have a lifetime access to the course and all it's material, including any course updates and bonus material, no matter when you first enrolled in the course.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Does this course offer continuing education (CE) credit?
Yes! The course offers 14.5 approved continuing education (CE) clock hours under multiple CE approval organizations (as listed in the course description) and can cover the approval needs of many mental health/professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, psychologists, and addiction professionals. However, all students are responsible for confirming if the CE approval of this course meets their CE needs. We can offer you further information about PsychMaven CE approvals and resources, by visiting us at

This course is closed for enrollment.