Australasian Asociation for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is the association for Solution-Focused practitioners in Australia and New Zealand. After two successful conferences in Australia, the association's third annual conference will be held later this year in New Zealand.
The Journal of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a peer-reviewed, academic standard journal published by AASFBT on behalf of the international Solution-Focused community, with an international Editorial Board. The journal is included in the AASFBT membership subscription. Members of other national SF associations can subscribe at a reduced rate.
The MRI (Mental Research Institute) is really where it all began.
Building on the work of the Bateson project, John Weakland, Paul Watzlawick & Dick
Fisch established the "brief therapy project" and introduced us to a brief, interactional approach. MRI
continues as a centre for the study of human interaction and the Brief Therapy Project continues.
Don Jackson was the
founder of the MRI and one of the early proponents of "the interactional view". He is considered by many to
be the founder of family therapy. This useful site about Jackson is maintained by Wendel Ray.
Since the deaths of both Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, The Brief Family Therapy Center (known as
BFTC) in Milwaukee USA — the home of solution-focused brief therapy (and where it began) no longer exists. The
BFTC web site has also been closed.
The Solution-Focused Brief Family Therapy Associationis not only the major association and meeting
place of Solution-Focused practitioners in North America — with an annual conference, scholarships, promoting training and
more — but SFBTA now also holds much of the material previously published online by Steve and Insoo.
sfbta.org — the SFBTA
web site, with conference and other information. Click on PRODUCTS to see the range of BFTC books, CDs and DVDs and tapes
available for purchase.
sfbta.org/BFTC/Steve_de_Shazer_Insoo_Kim_Burg.html — here you can find articles by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer.
Wally Gingerich was
one of the original team in Milwaukee who developed the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy approach and he brought a particular passion
for research and academic rigour to the work.
In particular, Wally and colleagues have put together two reviews of outcome research in
Solution-Focused brief therapy. The original review was published in Family Process in 2000 and an
updated research review in 2013.
BRIEF is a group of Solution-Focused Brief practitioners in the heart of London, England and are the
leading providers of Solution-Focused training in Europe. Their web site has details of training, consulting and therapy.
Chris Iveson, Evan George and Harvey Ratner are among the busiest people I know, although they always have
time to have fun as well!
They provide therapy services and coaching and have written extensively about both. Two of their books Solution
Focused Brief Therapy — 100 key points and techniques and Brief Coaching — a solution focused approach are highly
recommended, comprehensive manuals for practitioners.
Jocelyn Korman are therapists and trainers in Sweden, and Harry is the person who manages the online Solution-Focused Therapy
discussion list. Check out their home page, including a number of useful papers.
Harry's paper "On the ethics of diagnosis" raises some interesting issues about the kinds of questions we use and suggests
that being helpful and refining a diagnosis might be mutually exclusive activities. The text of the article is on the website. So are some other
useful articles, including his essential chapter about creating "a common project" with clients.
Resolutions Consultancy is Andrew Turnell's business in Perth, Western Australia. Andrew is
co-founder of the Signs of Safety approach — an innovative safety-oriented approach to Child protection casework, which is firmly
grounded in Solution-focused Briief Therapy.
The Signs of Safety approach Has attracted internationa attention and is being used in child protection
jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Australasia. In particular, Andrew and two colleagues are undertaking the £4.7 million England
Innovations Project, working intensively with ten local authorities in England.The project involves fully implementing the Signs of Safety
practice in each local authority and working with each authority to re-design their organisational procedures and functioning to better
support the approach in helping children, young people and families.
member of the ground-breaking team at BRIEF in London, Guy Shennan now operates as an independent
consultant in Solution-Focused Practice in London.
[Solution-Focused] in my practice as a coach, counsellor, consultant and supervisor, and I teach people how to use it in the work that they
do. ... I am also an activist and a writer, interested in developing collaborative, creative approaches to all the areas of my work and activity."
Joel Simon offers therapy and training from his base, the Center for Solution Focused training, in upstate New York.
A solution-focused therapist, trainer, supervisor, and organizational consultant with over 30 years of post-graduate
experience, Joel is respected internationally ... and his web address makes a clear statement about the numbers that work best when
formulating scaling questions scaling questions!
Ben Furman and Tapani Ahola (the Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute in Finland) have applied ideas about
"solution talk" to a variety of populations. Their "re-teaming" approach uses solution-focused ideas to help build a collaborative approach to
problem-solving and solution-building in a variety of practical situations.
They have developed "Kids' skills" — ReTeaming with Children: An Educational and Fun Program for
Helping Children Solve Behavioural Problems. This program offers an internationally used approach to therapy with children, an online
interactive program and other resources.
European Brief Therapy Association includes some innovative and progressive therapists and teams and includes a strong focus on
EBTA is co-ordinating a research project on Solution-focused therapy outcome and the EBTA website includes up-to-date
summaries of research into SFBT.
EBTA conference is a key event on the solution-focused calendar, always held in late September. The 2012 conference was in Torun, Poland;
the 2013 conference in Bern, Switzerland and in 2014 it was Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. The 2015 EBTA Conference will be in Vienna,
Dr Alasdair Macdonald has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in the UK public health system for over 30 years, with clinical
experience in acute general psychiatry and management experience.
He offers training workshops on solution-focused therapy, solution-focused approaches to mental health work and skills
for managing disagreements in the workplace.
Alasdair has published papers on research into effectiveness of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in psychiatric settings and
his web site provides up-to-date information on the state of research in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Dr John Sharry, a key member of the former Brief Therapy Group in Dublin, Ireland, offers training and consultation through
his "SolutionTalk" site — and he has a number of publications available which range across Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, positive
psychology and parenting.
In his collaboration with the Mater Hospital in Dublin, John is co-developer of the "Parents Plus" range of programs. - There
are Solution-Focused parenting group programs — with impressive research backing — which incorporate Solution-Focused
principles and tools into structured parenting courses.
McKergow and Jenny Clarke are exploring solution-focused ideas in wider systems (including busines and management) from their
base in London. Mark is not a therapist — his academic background is in physics and then business administration — and he
has pioneered the application of Solution-Focused ideas in organisational contexts.The book, "The Solutions Focus", written by Mark with
Paul Z. Jackson, was rated one of the top 30 business books in 2002.
Mark and his colleagues have a world class reputation for really getting to grips with change in complex and ever-
changing contexts. They offer practical tools which are used internationally by people wanting to tackle tough situations — in
management, coaching, negotiations, conflict, personal effectiveness, just keeping going — in a flexible yet effective way.
Janine Waldman and Paul Z Jackson have a consultancy north of London specialising in Solution-Focused perspectives on
change management and organisational design.
Paul and Janine provide training and consulting internationally, offering practical and fun ideas to enhance teamwork,
performance management, leadership development and developing an organisation-wide coaching culture.
Director of Solutions
Academy, Kirsten Dierolf has been working as coach, team-coach and organizational developer mainly for global corporations since
Based in Germany, Kirsten has provided executive coaching and/or leadership training to corporations including General Motors, Daimler, Deutsche
Bank, Bombardier (manufacturer of aeroplanes and trains), ArcelorMittal (a multinational steel manufacturer)) and Novartis International (a Swiss
multinational pharmaceutical company).
Kirsten has provided training to school personnel in the German states of Hessia and Thuringen and facilitated a leadership exchange between VW
managers and school principals.
The field of Solution
Focused consulting and training is growing in non-therapy contexts — organisational change, coaching, management and leadership.
The Association for the Quality Development of SF Consulting & Training (SFCT)aims both to
establish the place of SF on the wider stage and to draw attention to its distinctive qualities. In doing so, it hopes to give a coherent voice to
SF practitioners working in organisational settings and to be a focal point for developments in the field.
Interaction: The Journal of Solution Focus in Organisations is a peer-reviewed journal,
published biannually by the Association.
Solutions Centre is a venture in The Netherlands, established by Insoo Kim Berg, co-founder of Solution-focused Brief Therapy, and
Arnoud Huibers, therapist and trainer in The Netherlands. It is an international organization that aims to disseminate the Solution-Building Model through
training and consultation.
Solution-Focused Trainers is a training business in the North of England operated by John Wheeler and Greg Vinnicombe.
John and Greg offer Solution-Focused training at a number of sites in Yorkshire and Tyneside and have worked hard to achieve various
accreditation for their training.
Hertfordshire Enaction Solution-focused Interactional and Narrative — HESIAN is a joint programme between the Department of
Philosophy and the School of Nursing and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire, which seeks to collect and share research on Solution-Focused
and other enactive, post-cognitive and post-structural practices including narrative and other interactional approaches.
The Director of HESIAN is Dr Mark McKergow,
Visiting Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire. The International Advisory Board includes Dr Dan Hutto, Professor of
Philosophical Psychology at the University of Wollongong and well-known Solution-Focused practitioners Dr Alasdair Macdonald, Rayya Ghul and Michael