Dear UKASFP Member

As we are approaching the holiday season, and the end of the calendar year, it seems opportune to reflect on the progress the association has made.

Firstly, I would like to wish all our members a very happy Christmas holidays, and best wishes for 2017. My own best hopes for the new year, are that we can continue to raise the profile of SF across the UK and beyond, enhancing the approaches’ credibility, and celebrating its many successes.

Looking back on 2016, I think we have much to be proud of, as an association, and would like to acknowledge some of the hard work that has gone in to making this possible.

2016 has seen the launch of a quite astonishing accreditation programme. So many of our members have contributed a great deal of hard work to make this a successful programme. Suzi Curtis has a led a fine piece of work that will not only provide a fantastic opportunity for members, but also bring dignity, credibility and quality to the SF movement across the UK.

2016 also saw the launch of our new website. Our former Chair Jen Unwin has put in some seriously hard work on this project, in addition to comprehensively discharging all her duties as our Chair. Admittedly the site has had its teething troubles, but most of these are now resolved. It does give us a very good platform to communicate with members as well as interested parties outside the membership. We are invested in this product, and we recognise it is important to you as members, so please do not hesitate to give us feedback, so we can continue to improve the site.

I hope that those who attended the conference in Swansea this year, found it a useful and positive experience. As organisers, we are still reeling from the quality of contributions, and remain grateful to all those who made it possible.

The Committee are very excited about the 2017 Conference: “Creating New Narratives: The science & art of Solution Focused practice”, to be held on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May 2017, Beales Hotel, Hatfield AL10 9NG (just north of London). This will be a joint event between HESIAN/UKASFP, and is being led by Jen Unwin and Mark McKergow.

I’d like to conclude with a short plea for some help. The UKASFP committee is unfortunately, getting smaller; we have lost some really hard working contributors in the last year or so, and as you can image this reduces our capacity to work on the initiatives that we have planned. Our hope is that our planned activities will make membership an even better experience, as well as developing SF practice across the UK. If you feel you can contribute, even if it is to a task and finish group, or assist by organising a local event, we will be very pleased to hear from you.

We are also looking to hear from members who would be interested in organising the 2018 Conference. Organising the conference is a fantastic opportunity to get to know members better, engage with some of the leading lights of the approach, and showcase your own contributions to solution focus practice.

I am happy to have an informal conversation about what this might involve; if you email me at chair@ukasfp.co.uk with your number and a good time to talk, I’ll get in touch.

I am coming to end of my first six months as Chair of UKASFP and it makes me extremely proud to be a part of such a brilliant organisation. I have taken over this role at a time when there has been significant activity and progress for UKASFP. So the burden is on me to ensure that this direction of travel continues.

I look forward to seeing you all at some point in 2017.

Warm regards, Jim

UKASFP Chair