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Creating New Narratives: The Science & Art of Solution Focused Practice

Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May 2017, Beales Hotel, Hatfield AL10 9NG (just north of London)

Please follow the link for the conference flyer: HESIAN UKASFP conference 2017

Thursday 18th May 2017 – Please click here for programme

Welcome and opening remarks – Mark McKergow, University of Hertfordshire – Overview Slides

Guest keynote: The roots and shoots of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Dr Wendel Ray (The University of Louisiana at Monroe/ Mental Research Institute (MRI), Palo Alto).
MRI archivist Wendel Ray looks back at the roots of SFBT in the interactional view of the ground-breaking Mental Research Institute, and looks forward at how these factors can continue to be central as SF work develops in the 21st century.

Changing affordances, changing worlds: Mark McKergow (University of Hertfordshire)

The process of SF practice – session chair Kirsten Dierolf
Extended minds, extended persons, extended therapy: Guy Shennan (Guy Shennan Associates, UK)
Developing the Craft: Description, Neutrality and Trust: Chris Iveson (BRIEF, UK)
Hearing & Seeing Interactional Process: Wendel Ray and Jana Sutton (University of Louisiana at Monroe, USA)

SF, IAPT and therapy research – session chair Kidge Burns
Why most psychotherapy research is unhelpful and how SFP can help overcome the barriers to measuring the effectiveness of useful conversations: Steve Flatt (Psychological Therapies Unit, Liverpool)
IAPT and SF: Clive Whitaker and Roshna Mistry (Change Birmingham Brief Therapy)
Using SF in an integrated IAPT service keeping managers happy, clients delighted and achieving good enough scores: Carolyn Emanuel (Brent IAPT, Central & Northwest London Mental Health Trust)
SF Brief Therapy and SF Brief Coaching – same same or something different? : Svea van der Hoorn (Solution-focused Futures, South Africa) and Kirsten Dierolf (Solutions Academy, Germany)

SF in practice with young people and adults – session chair Svea van der Hoorn
Planning, implementation and evaluation of a Solution-Focused Group Counselling programme, for adolescents living in child protection centres: Evgenia Savvidou, Andreas Brouzos (University of Ioannina, Greece) and Stephanos Vassilopoulos (University of Patras, Greece)
Talking to the Elephant – Solutions Focused transformation in schools: Geoff James (Solution Support, UK)
Solution Focused brief therapy In post-stroke Aphasia (SOFIA Trial): the challenges and opportunities of adapting the approach for people with a communication disability: Sarah Northcott (City University of London), Kidge Burns (SF practitioner) and Katerina Hilari (City University of London)
The liberating possibilities of Signs of Safety: a solution-focused framework for collaboration in situations of high risk: Louise Doel and Chloe Rogers (University of Hertfordshire)

Friday 19th May 2017 – Please click here for programme

Keynote – Elliott Connie (USA): The art of asking useful questions

Brief papers – (‘TED talks’)
Geoffrey James: Is exclusion really the last resort?
Svea van der Hoorn (South Africa): Restoring Dignity via Coping Talk – the neglected cousin of Change Talk
Jody Merelle (Finland): Bad things happen: using SF tools to remain positive in times of crisis
Thomas Hirschmann (Austria): OASIS: Experiences with a solution focused in-patient programme for patients suffering from cancer

Workshops
Elliott Connie – SFBT: Mastering the questions as language
Jody Merelle – A beginners’ guide to the solution focused world
Guy Shennan & Barry Golten – “We don’t do therapy here…” Bringing solution-focused ideas into support settings
John Brooker – Does a Solution Focus approach energise an organisation?
Jonathan Casemore – Problem free talk and best hopes in social work
Stephan Natynczuk – Putting SF talk into the walk: Taking SF outdoors
Suzi Curtis, Kidge Burns & Martin Bohn – Nailing jelly to the wall: lessons from developing the UKASFP accreditation system
Thomas Hirschmann – Scaling with your senses: A creative approach for noticing progress
Geoff James – Having a laugh – the smile at the heart of SF conversations
John Wheeler – Catching Butterflies: SF conversations with young children

Plenary workshop
Jonas Wells (Sweden) – The Aesthetics of Keeping SF as Simple as Possible: Sharing Stories and a Space for Reflections

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