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Conference 2018
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Building Bridges - UKASFP 15th National Conference

Holiday Inn, Liverpool 14th - 15th June 2018

Organised by Suzi Curtis & Steve Flatt

Day 1

Networking Plenary: Building Bridges with Each Other Andrew Gibson

Keynote Plenary: Crossing Bridges to Reach New Worlds Fredrike Bannink

Skills workshop: Learning from Video Chris Iveson, Biba Rebolj, and Elliott Connie

Skills workshop: A Solution-Focused Mash-Up: Intro and Refresher Combined Guy Shennan and Rob Black



Social Change

Introduction: Suzi Curtis

Equality is the Best Therapy Brenda Kilgour

Solution-Focused Therapy and the Democratisation of Mental Health Support Caroline Willcocks

Helping People with Autism Explore Making a Living with SFP Andrew Gibson and George Green

Restorative Practice Workshop Paul Avard

Using SFP to Develop a Community of Practice Steve Freeman and Peter Smith

Challenges Facing Syrian Refugees Ben Scott



Building Miracles…Brick by Brick Claire Osbourne

It's Only the Wearer of the Shoe Who Knows Where It’s Comfortable": Using SF in Non-Therapy Environments Harvey Ratner and Yasmin Ajmal

Short Talks:

Using SF in a Primary School Karen Moss

Embedding SFP in a School's DNA Ben Scott

The African Queen Janine Waldman



Bridges with Teams – Facilitating Collaboration John Brooker


Physical Health

A new way of working in rehabilitation following trauma Steve Flatt and Richard McCauley

From Tightrope to Chain Bridge: How SF Helped Me Walk Across to Therapy… and What Happened Next Ali Abington

Being SF in the NHS Clive Whittaker and Teresa Byrne

Video Showcase: Solution-Focused Trainers Ltd


Arts / Activities

Laughter Yoga and Wellness Jan Turner

Taking SF Outside! Stephan Natynczuk


Talking Therapies

The Galveston Declaration Mark McKergow

The "Selling Points" of SFP Jody Merelle

Building Bridges Between Approaches Working in an IAPT Service Alongside Different Talking Therapies' Carolyn Emanuel



Day 2


Plenary Workshop: Four Experiments in the Art of Conversation and Change: Building Bridges Between the World of Jazz Improvisation and Solution-Focused Practice Alex Steele and the Improwise Quartet

Workshop: Positive Mental Health Fredrike Bannink

Plenary Workshop: Spontaneous SF World Choir Alex Steele and the Improwise Band

Workshop: How to be Resilient Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman

Workshop: Passion, Talent, and Resilience Jim Bird-Waddington

Plenary Workshop: Last Year, This Year, Next Year Jody Merelle




Social Change

Short Talks

Destabilising Dominant Narratives Steve Myers

Community Psychology Rebecca Lawthom

Teaching SF to Peer Support Workers Rayya Ghul

Finding Our Own Solutions Together Rhona Brown

Emerging Alliances Rich Moth

Social Change and SF PSC North West Members

Workshop: Competence, Critical Thinking, & System Change Abianda (Abi Billinghurst & others)

Panel Discussion: What has SF got to do with Social Change? Rayya Ghul & others



Developing Teaching of SF Skills Ian Smith

Sustaining a Bridge Between External Validation and SF Training John Wheeler, Tara Grettton, Naomi Whitehead, Stephan Natynczuk, Kidge Burns

SF Undercover in Erasmus and International Youth Group Training Biba Rebolj

Impactful Research Pippa Hunter-Jones, Katie Neary, Javier Vazquez, and Deger Ozkarmanli



Building Bridges with Spiritual Maturity Jeff Matthews and Stephen Winter


Physical Health

IAPT and Physical Health Conditions Dominic Bray

Good Doctor - SF and Diabetes Jen Unwin

Stroke, Brain Injury, MND and SF Emma Osei-Mensah

Short Talks: 

SF, Pain, and Communities Becky Simm

SF, Speech, and Language Anne Garvey



SF DJ-ing for and by Young People Tara Gretton

 Therapeutic Expeditions Teresa Byrne & Elsa Bouillard


Talking Therapies

Miracle Trance Thomas Hirschmann

A Question of Miracles: The Importance of Being in the Therapeutic Relationship Mike Moss