— MARCH 2018


Dear [firstname, fallback=colleague],

This email is to give you news of training from the Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney. The Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney continues to be Australia's leading provider of training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy — an acknowledged evidence-based therapeutic approach.

We send our Newsletter to subscribers three or four times each year — with news from the last few months and details of upcoming events.

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Michael Durrant

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy training

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is an evidence-based approach that has been shown to be effective in mental health, trauma, schools and child & adolescent contexts ... and has also been used usefully in leadership and coaching contexts.

Michael Durrant is Australia's leading trainer/presenter in Solution-Focused work. As well as having had a personal/professional relationship with the founders of the Solution-Focused approach, he has previously given invited keynote addresses at a Singapore Solution-Focused Practice Conference, the 2017 New Zealand Solution-Focused Practice Conference, the European Brief Therapy Conference (and has been invited to be a keynote speaker at this year's European conference in Bulgaria), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Conference and a Singapore Solution-Focused Practice Conference — as well as at school principal and deputy principal conferences in Australia and New Zealand. He has presented Solution-Focused training on more than 600 occasions to professional counselling, mental health and welfare audiences in all states of Australia, various cities in New Zealand, Singapore, London and elsewhere in Europe and North America.

In 2018, we are offering Solution-Focused training in Parramatta and in Melbourne and Adelaide. With our friends at Compass Seminars, we are also offering Solution-Focused training in Perth and New Zealand.

While the training largely uses counselling/therapy examples, it includes some consideration of coaching and leadership contexts. Previous participants whose work is largely in coaching have reported the training useful.

2018 training events are now available online HERE.

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Michael and Frances at Solution-Focused conference in India

India conference logoIn the week before Christmas recently, Michael Durrant and Frances Huber were invited keynote presenters at the Solution-Focused conference in India, together with Dr Ben Furman from the Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute in Finland and Dr Arnoud Huibers from Solutions Centre in The Netherlands

Frances at the Indian conferenceThe conference, titled International Training Conference on Brief Psychotherapies, was the annual meeting of the Association for Solution Focused Practices - India. It was held at the Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience in Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala and was attended by more than 400 participants.

Frances at the Indian conferenceMichael presented a one-day "introductory" workshop on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy the day before the conference. Frances presented a keynote address at the conference, Mindfulness in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Every moment is precious and followed this with a workshop that explored the use of mindfulness in therapy more, particularly in "tough situations". (A westerner presenting on mindfulness at a conference in the home of mindfulness might be considered brave!). Michael's workshop was on Solution-Focused Supervision and his keynote address was The strengths approach ... Resilience ... Positive psychology ... Isn't Solution-Focused just a version of these?, exploring what sets SFBT apart from other, seemingly similar approaches. Since the fourth keynote speaker was unable to attend at the last minute, Frances at the Indian conferenceMichael joined Arnoud Huibers for the the final keynote presentation, and then presented a full-day post-conference workshop the following day — on Solution-Focused couples' work.

A few days staying in Kozhikode following the conference, included a Christmas Day feast of curries!

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Solution-Focused training in Melbourne and Adelaide in May

The two-day "Introductory" course — Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: A comprehensive introduction — with Michael Durrant, will be offered in Adelaide on Monday and Tuesday, 28 & 29 May and in Melbourne on Thursday and Friday, 31 May & 1 June.

Sign up now at the Earlybird rate — a 10% discount.

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Inhouse training for schools and mental health

The year has kicked off with a number of training courses presented in-house for various organisations.

St Philips College logoIn January, senior executive and pastoral care staff at St Philip's Christian College in Cessnock came together for two-days intensive training with Michael. The school is working to integrate a strengths- and Solution-Focused emphasis across all aspcts of student wellbeing. As part of this, it is seeking to have a number staff who can provide support and counselling to students, rather than having a designated school counsellor. The Solution-Focused training was intensive and hands-on.

Frances at the Indian conferenceFrances was engaged to present training to staff at Centacare New England North West in Tamworth. Michael went along for the ride, to the agency got two trainers for the price of one! Centacare provides much of the frontline mental health services in this large rural region and the training focused on the reality of mental health clinical work in challenging (and not well resourced) situations. Much of the day revolved around detailed examination of real clinical work — the transcript of a case of Farances', using Soluytion-Focused Brief Therapy with a seriously depressed man who has recently had two serious suicide attampts. Participants marvelled at how this man changed before their eyes!

West Moreton Mental Health Services — inpatient and outpatient mental health services on the western fringe of Brisbane — have initiated a research project following staff's application of Solution-Focused methods in their day-to-day therapeutic work. To launch the project, Michael presented two one-day workshops to groups of staff, including examples of Solution-Focused work with clients who were depressed, suicidal, delusional and/or traumatised, including one example of a Solution-Focused conversation with someone just admitted to a secure ward.

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Solution-Focused training in Perth in June

Compass logoMichael will be presenting Solution-Focused training in Perth through Compass Australia in June.

The two-day "introductory" course Solution-Focused Brief Therapy will be presented as well as a new offering — a one-day (advanced) SFBT Masterclass.

Both courses are held at Floreat, west of the city.

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Solution-Focused conference in July

Compass logoThe Fourth Australian & New Zealand Solution-Focused Conference — presented by the Australasian Association for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.

Keynote speakers will include Harry Korman, Solution-Focused therapist and psychiatrist from Sweden; Emma Burns, psychologist working with New Zealand Police with young offenders; Janine Waldman, Solution-Focused consultant and trainer with busness and organisations in the UK; and Annette Gray, Solution-Focused organisational consultant and coach from Australia.

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