The following is evidence of how world-wide
the practice of Solution Focus has become!
Family Therapy Center:
BFTC was the original home of solution-focus.
with the deaths of the two original solution-focused developers, Insoo
Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer, BFTC ceased operations in December, 2007
and many of its functions were inherited by SFBTA. You can
go to the BFTC site and download original articles by Insoo and
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Association: The SFBTA was established on October
20, 2002, "To foster the exchange of ideas and practices in the field
of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy." The
website includes information regarding the next scheduled North
as well as photos and articles for downloading from the most
Harry is a child psychiatrist living in Sweden, a SF trainer, and our
friend and colleague. Harry's wife, Jocelyn, is a social
worker who also practices and teaches SFBT.
Wally is a professor of social work at Case Western Reserve in
Michigan. The website contains information regarding SF
Institute is Michael Durrant from Sydney,
Australia. The Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney is a therapy
and training centre that offers a professional brief psychotherapy
(counseling) service with ongoing quality control and accountability.
Therapy Network has been
created to assist Mental Health professional in connecting with each
other and to promote brief therapy as we have come to understand it and
shape it. Through networking and idea sharing the aim is to
help continue and grow the systemic thinking of the past pioneers in
the field. Through sharing our work and discussing innovative
ideas the hope is to continue to develop and fine tune this highly
respectful way of working with clients to create human
Waskett is a trained and experienced solution focused
practitioner in the UK with over 20 years experience. She
offers solution focused consultancy, staff training and development,
coaching and supervision.
Kirstin Mahlberg and Maud
Sjoblom's interest and expertise are in the application of
solution-focus in education. They state: "Solution-Focused
Education is a very proactive way of working and thinking for
educational professionals in order to promote and reinforce positive
behaivor in the classroom."
for Solutions Focus at Work (Mark McKergow and Jenny Clarke)
focused consultancy, training, coaching, keynote
speeches, books and resources to leaders,
managers, consultants and coaches on every continent.
Denver Center for
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy provides therapy for clients,
training for professionals, and consultation for agencies.
They specialize in applying SFBT with
the most challenging cases and in training
professionals and agencies how to use SFBT effectively in community
mental health centers, publicly funded substance abuse treatment
agencies, child welfare, etc.
Puenta Arenas, Chile has created a solution-focused blog.
Currently it's in Spanish, but he promises to create an
English version soon.
BRIEF from the U.K.: Since 1989 BRIEF has been unique in that they teach and teach what we do. They are Europe's leading centerr for solution focused practice in therapy and counselling as well as in coaching, leadership, team building and conflict resolution. BRIEF is the leading edge of the development of practice and their training program is the most extensive in the world providing inspiration to front-line workers in health, education and social care as well as to senior executives in both public and private enterprise. BRIEF has delivered training in every corner of the UK as well as in over 20 countries across 4 continents. They have worked with drug and alcohol services in Greece, mining managers in Western Australia, Abu Dhabi health service workers, the staff of a school for children with hearing difficulties in Beirut and managers from 28 countries working for a global business and household name.
Alasdair Macdonald is a psychiatrist in the UK. He says of himself: "Teaching and training in solution-focused brief therapy has been my
chief interest for 25 years. I have taught in the USA, South Africa, China, Singapore and Australia as well as many countries in Europe. I have special experience in the application of these ideas within the mental health setting and with offenders. I have over 40 peer-reviewed publications and numerous other published pieces." His website contains a wealth of information on SFBT research.
The following is not a solution focused link but I thought useful for therapists in private practice. It contains information on the business of therapy.
Therathink is Denny Chapin and James Schergen. Their focus is on helping therapists grow their private practices
using easy to follow business strategies and tactics found across many
fields. My interview with them can be found here
further information contact Joel