Session Seven: Single Session Thinking and Practice: One Session at a Time

August 10, 2023 to August 11, 2023

Single Session Therapy (SST) can be defined as therapy that the therapist and client expect, from the beginning, to potentially comprise a single visit. The therapist acts as if the first session will be the last. SST is therapy approached one-session-at-a-time. Research shows that one session is, de facto, the most common length of therapy; and that SST is often effective for a variety of problems. A structure will be presented for organizing the tasks and skills involved in different phases (pre, early, middle, late, follow-through) of therapy.  Numerous case examples, including videos, will illustrate techniques useful both in both single sessions and in the course of longer treatments.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand basic features of brief therapy
  • Recognize tasks and skills, including useful questions and specific techniques, associated with different phases of treatment,
  • Clarify single session mindset, learn guidelines for single session therapies, and study numerous single session interventions
  • Consider application to participants’ own clinical cases.
Additional information


Jess Noonan
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7276
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 6.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/10/2023 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
08/11/2023 - 12:15pm CDT



  • Introduction.
  • Key characteristics of brief therapy. 
  • Tasks and skills by phase of treatment.
  • Single session therapy mindset and guidelines for possible SST.
  • Case examples and discussion.




  • Additional case examples and discussion.
  • Practice skills.
  • Adjourn.

Michael F. Hoyt, Ph.D. (Yale ’76) is one of the originators (with Moshe Talmon and

Bob Rosenbaum) of the Single-Session Therapy approach. He is based in Mill Valley, CA. He is a recipient of the APF Cummings Psyche Prize for lifetime contributions to the role of psychologists in organized healthcare, has been honored as a Continuing Education Distinguished Speaker by both the American Psychological Association and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, and is recognized as a Contributor of Note by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. He has authored, edited, and coedited numerous books, including The First Session in Brief Therapy; Some Stories Are Better than Others; Capturing the Moment; Brief Therapy and Beyond; Single-Session Therapy by Walk-In or Appointment; Creative Therapy in Challenging Situations; Single Session Thinking and Practice in Global, Cultural, and Familial Contexts: Expanding Applications; and Brief Therapy Conversations: Exploring Efficient Intervention in Psychotherapy.


In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Standard 3, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians

Designation of Credit Statement

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates each week-long session of this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM and each two-day session for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates each week-long session of this live activity for up to 15.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals and each two-day session a maximum of 6.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 6.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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Tuition for 2-day sessions will be reduced to $265 and to $175 for graduate and medical students and resident physicians with a letter from the training director.

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