Northwest Brief Therapy Training Center
Olympia, Washington

Staff Biographies

Stephen Langer, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the director of the Northwest Brief Therapy Training Center ( since 1994. He has used solution-focused methods for over 20 years, training with the founders of the solution-focused approach, Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in the 1980's and 1990's and collaborating with them in subsequent years. As a consultant, Dr. Langer has worked with a number of organizations, including private businesses, Washington State agencies, Community Youth Services (Olympia), Madigan Army Medical Center and Providence St. Peter Hospital. He has presented some of his work in Solution-Focused Management at international conferences and teaches in the U.S., Europe and Africa.

Linda Gaffney, M.S., has been a therapist and trainer since 1991. She has worked for state agencies and community mental health organizations using solution-focused methods for nearly ten years, most recently as a Staff Counselor for the WA State Department of Corrections, with responsibility for the Southwest Washington region. Linda brings valuable insights from her prior experience in the business and publishing world to her consulting work. She recently wrote a book for the children of incarcerated parents, and continues to volunteer with families of those behind bars.

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