Working on the 2018 EBTA Conference Program our main idea is to put attention on the developmental aspect of SF. That’s why we have some questions that we would like you to think about:

  • How do you see the practice of SFBT developing around the world/in your own practice/in education/in social services/in literature/in theory/organizationally/in studies/etc.?
  • What trend(s) do you see in its development(s) today?
  • How things evolved over the years and in different contexts?
  • What may divert someone from practicing SF, and how SF principles are being used elsewhere?
  • What could be some future steps in SF evolution, or possible new dimensions it may take?
  • What pitfalls could happen, and how can we avoid them?

Of course, you can address any other issue you wish, different from the above.

21 – 23 September, 2018

EBTA Conference Program – Topics already included in it.

 (We continue to work on the newcoming workshops and presentations.)

The other side of the moon: dealing with therapeutic failures in solution-focused therapy
Mark Beyebach, Spain

Beginning at the End
Chris Iveson & Harvey Ratner, BRIEF, London

Developing the Quality of Solution Focused Practice
Kirsten Dierolf, Germany

Single Session Therapy: the Italian Model
Flavio Cannistra, Italy

A new harbor: working SF with people with autism
Els Mattelin and Hannelore Volckaert, Belgium

Language(s), systems and solution focused approach
Barbara Pelkmann, France

Canapes, solution focused practice and the power of summer camps
Ursula Buehlmann, Biba Rebolj, Naomi Whitehead, John Wheeler

Love Story – or Discussing a Taboo in a Gerontopsychiatric Context
Sylvia Steinbach, Germany

Creative Multisensory Solution-Focused Activities for Children and Adolescents
Carol Buchholz Holland, North Dakota, United States

Computerized Solution-Focused Self-Help Program: development and demonstration
Rytis Pakrosnis & Viktorija Cepukiene, Lithuania

Unlocking the potential of SF for Teams and Organisations
Katrin Berger, Germany & Sue Young, GB

SF in a Pastoral Context: From Pulpit to Pastoral Care and Everything In-between
Stephanus Cloete, South Africa


! We are collecting videos for the SF videoroom we will have during the Conference days !

24 September, 2018

Post-conference Worksop with Ben Furman

Kids’Skills and Beyond:
Innovative and creative solution-focused methods to help children and teens overcome problems and learn social skills.



More than 20 years ago, in a Finnish kindergarten for children for special needs, we developed a method for helping children overcome all kinds of emotional and behavioural problems that we called Kids’Skills. It is a collection of 15 useful solution-focused ideas for coaching children to change their behaviour in a creative and fun way. The method has since become popular in many countries around the world and more recently its principles have increasingly been used not only with children but also with teenagers, adults, couples and entire families. The latest development is called Skilful Class, which is a solution-focused game for creating happy schools through helping children develop prosocial skills. In this workshop you will learn how to expand your scope and bring the fun of SFT not only into your work but to your personal life as well.

Thursday – 20 September, 2018

WELCOME PARTY for the EBTA Conference participants.

Friday – 21 September, 2018

08:30 – 10:00    Registration
11:00 – 11:30    Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30    Workshops
12:30 – 14:00    Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00    Workshops / SF Films
15:00 – 15:30    Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30    Workshops
16:30 – 16:45    Break
16:45 – 17:45    Workshops
17:45 – 18:00    Break
18:00 – 19:00    EBTA Meeting

Saturday – 22 September, 2018

08:30 – 09:00    Morning Activities
09:00 – 10:00    PLENARY SESSION
10:00 – 10:30    Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30    Workshops / SF Films
11:30 – 11:45    Break
11:45 – 12:45    Workshops
12:45 – 14:00    Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00    Workshops
15:00 – 15:30    Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30    Workshops / Poster presentations
16:30 – 16:45    Break
16:45 – 18:00    PLENARY SESSION
18:00 – 19:00    EBTA Board Meeting
19:30                 BG FOLK EVENING

Sunday – 23 September, 2018

08:30 – 09:00    Morning Activities
09:00 – 10:00    Workshops
10:00 – 10:30    Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30    Workshops
11:30 – 11:45    Break

Handing in EBTA Flag to the Next Conference Organisers
Exchanging Hugs and Tears for Goodbye