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Conference 2017
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Creating New Narratives
The science and art of Solution Focused practice

Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May 2017
Beales Hotel, Hatfield AL10 9NG

Organised by Mark McKergow for HESIAN & Jen Unwin for UKASFP


HESIAN & UKASFP Overview                 Conference programme 


May 18th - HESIAN (Hertfordshire Enactive Solution-Focused Interactional and Narrative)      

Welcome and opening remarks Mark McKergow, University of Hertfordshire  

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 groundbreaking 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

  • 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) 

Solution Focus, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and therapy research 

Session chair Kidge Burns 

  • IAPT and SF: Clive Whitaker and Roshna Mistry (Change Birmingham Brief Therapy) 

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) 

Solution Focus in practice with young people and adults

Session chair Svea van der Hoorn 

  • Talking to the Elephant - Solutions Focused transformation in schools: Geoff James (Solution Support, UK)
  • 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)


May 19th - UK Association for Solution Focused Practice
The art of asking useful questions Elliott Connie (USA) 

Brief papers

  • Is exclusion really the last resort? Geoffrey James
  • Restoring Dignity via Coping Talk - the neglected cousin of Change Talk Svea van der Hoorn (South Africa)
  • Bad things happen: using SF tools to remain positive in times of crisis Jody Merelle (Finland)


SFBT: Mastering the questions as language Elliott Connie

A beginners’ guide to the solution focused world Jody Merelle 

"We don’t do therapy here…” Bringing solutionfocused ideas into support settings Guy Shennan & Barry Golten

Does a Solution Focus approach energise an organisation? John Brooker

Problem free talk and best hopes in social work Jonathan Casemore

Putting SF talk into the walk: Taking SF outdoors Stephan Natynczuk

Nailing jelly to the wall: lessons from developing the UKASFP accreditation system Suzi Curtis, Kidge Burns & Martin Bohn 

Scaling with your senses: A creative approach for noticing progress Thomas Hirschmann

Having a laugh - the smile at the heart of SF conversations Geoff James

Catching butterflies: SF conversations with young children John Wheeler

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