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LIFT was founded to provide intensive, high-quality brief therapy training to professionals and trainees. The impetus for its creation was the number of therapists who were being required to do brief therapy, but who felt they were

not trained in its skillful use. LIFT's mission is to:
  • Help clinicians achieve professional competency and satisfaction in doing brief work

  • Fill the community's need for skillful brief therapists

  • Provide continuing education to professionals and agencies

  • Design and disseminate effective training materials

  • Research how therapists best learn


The LIFT Certification Program is designed to meet the clinician's need for specialized, up-to-date training in effective and time-sensitive treatments, and to provide documentation of such intensive training to referral sources, potential clients, employers, and third-party payers. There are one- and two-year certification tracks.

Training consists of a three hour per week group format, meeting for 32 sessions--16 weeks in the Fall and 16 weeks in the Spring. The training modules are conveyed via didactic seminar and group consultation, conducted by Dr. Levenson. Extensive use is made of audio and video presentations of treatment sessions. Individual consultation is also available through the LIFT faculty.

The LIFT faculty, many of whom have personally studied with Dr. Levenson, has considerable experience with brief therapy from a clinical, teaching, and/or research point of view. Dr. Hans Strupp, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, served as head of the LIFT advisory board until his death in 2006.

The class is limited to eight participants. Separate training groups are formed on the basis of experience/expertise.

Each year-long program meets the qualifications for 32 hours of continuing education credit for MFCCs and LCSWs as required by the CBBS. Dr. Levenson is an approved BBS (PCE 675) provider.

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