Applying Concepts from a Single Session Model to Short- and Longer-Term Work with Individuals, Couples and Families

  • Dates: December 2, 2022 10 am EST to 4:00 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time)
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  • Instructors: Monica Sesma, PhD, RSW, RMFT
  • Location: Live on Zoom
  • Credits: 5 CEs


In this workshop, participants will be immersed in the theory and practice of a transtheoretical single session therapy (SST) approach. The purpose of this training is to enhance helping professionals’ capacities to work efficiently in short- and longer-term work with a diverse range of clients and presenting problems. The inception of the single session therapy approach was an adaptation to provide immediate support to crisis and mental health needs in community settings. The model was designed to be readily accessible and affordable, minimizing access barriers. It was also developed to be accessible to clinicians who can apply the concepts of SST to their own orientation to their work. In our current milieu, with the need for counseling services extending far beyond capacities of the workforce, these strategies serve to decrease length of treatment, minimize the suffering of those we serve, allow us to serve more people in need and to feel effective in our efforts to help.

Many of the dominant counseling practices situate the work as a longer-term therapeutic process. It is common for approaches to conceptualize therapy as an ongoing service, usually sought by people when their situation has become more complex, intense, and with sense of hopelessness to move forward. Single session therapy challenges the idea that individuals, couples, and families cannot benefit from one or several therapeutic conversations.

We will understand how the single session approach is practiced for those who have very limited opportunities to meet with clients. For those of us who do longer term work, we will learn how to apply aspects of the model to support clients’ capacity to move forward in the direction they prefer in their lives with relative efficiency. We will discuss this approach using case examples, modelling how SST works with a range of clients, and critically examining how SST can enrich and improve participants’ preferred models of practice.

Dr. Sesma will share the way she enacts the model, applying a social constructionist-oriented family systems approach with SST concepts. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the practices Monica shares to determine how they will bring the learning back to their work. They will consider:

  • the advantages of attempting to work more efficiently with clients
  • potential effects on outcomes and satisfaction in their work settings
  • how including concepts and methods from an SST orientation could add to equity in practice delivery for a range of populations

This workshop will include lecture, interactive exercises, discussion, and practice components.


Monica Sesma-Vazquez, PhD, RSW, RMFT (She/Ella) is a social constructionist-oriented family therapist, educator, supervisor, and researcher. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Werklund School of Education and the Academic Coordinator of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Monica practices at the Eastside Family Centre and the Calgary Family Therapy as a therapist and supervisor. Her primary therapeutic and research interest focuses on relational and systemic work with immigrants, refugees, and newcomers. She pursued studies (Bachelor, Master, and PhD) in Psychology at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Universidad de las Americas, and completed a Master’s in Social Work with clinical specialization at the University of Calgary. Monica is a Board Member of the Taos Institute and the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Outline of Topics

  • History of the development of the Single Session Therapy
  • Description of the SST model
  • Identifying foundational practice principles of the SST model
  • How SST works with high risk, complex problems
  • Using collaborative, social constructionist family systems approaches in the context of SST
  • Applications of SST to your practice

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the single session therapy approach.
  2. Analyze the use of the single therapy approach with a range of individuals, couples, and families.
  3. List two ways the SST theory and/or practice will enrich their current work.
  4. Discuss two ways more efficient, collaborative therapies can reduce suffering and increase equity in micro and macro contexts


  • 10 am to 12 pm
  • Break: 12 pm to 12:45 pm
  • 12:45 pm to 2:15 pm
  • Break
  • 2:45 pm to 4 pm


  • Individual Registration: Early bird rate: $110, Regular rate: $125
  • Early registration deadline is October 31, 2022.
  • Members of NEAFAST, Black Therapists Rock, National Association of Black Counselors and all BIPOC clinicians may access an equity rate of $100
  • Please contact us for discount codes. No application is required.
  • 5 CEs will be available for eligible professions at an additional cost of $15 paid upon registration


The event will be held live on Zoom.

Registration Instructions

Payment options PayPal as a conduit to your credit card or a PayPal account. You may also register online and mail a check with a note indicating what program the payment is for. If you are mailing payment, please note that your space is not reserved until we receive it.

Email acknowledgments will be sent to confirm receipt of online registrations only. An email will be sent a few days before the start date of the event with details about your program.

Workshop CEs

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Participants MUST attend 100% of the program to earn the 5 CEs approved for eligible professions.

Within a week of the completion of the event, access will be given to participants who completed the workshop and paid for CEs to complete a course evaluation online and download their CE certificate.

  • Therapy Training Boston is approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6707 for Mental Health Counselors. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Therapy Training Boston is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Application for social work continuing education credits have been submitted. Please contact us for the status of social work CE accreditation.
  • Application is being made for psychology CE credit approval.
  • Application for certification by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LMFT professional continuing education is in process.
  • This webpage will be updated when approvals are processed. Please contact us for the status of CE approvals.

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Cancellations and Refunds

No refunds are available for cancellations by participants regardless of the reason or time frame.

If participants cancel 30 days or more prior to the event beginning, they may apply the fee to a future program. Workshops may be cancelled by Therapy Training Boston if minimum enrollment requirements are not met or in the case of other unexpected circumstances. If this occurs, a full refund will be provided.

Additional Information

Course content level: This workshop will provide important information for clinicians who are at an introductory or intermediate level of knowledge about working with grief and traumatic loss. Advanced practitioners are welcome to attend the event to deepen their knowledge of the subject for practice, supervision, teaching, and administrative roles.

This learning event is designed for helping professionals including, but not limited to, social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, and marriage & family therapists. We designed the learning methodology to further develop beginning and intermediate professionals learning to use ideas and practices from the single session therapy model. Advanced practitioners may attend the workshop in order to deepen their practice in direct service, supervision, and teaching roles. People who attend from professions other than those we are able to provide CEs for may request a Certificate of Attendance.

Commercial support and conflicts of interest: There is no commercial support for this program.


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