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Conference 2019
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Hope in Conversation and Action
Bath Spa University 11th-12th July - #UKASFP2019

Please see below, the presentations from the Conference, Day 1 & Day 2:

Opening Plenary

Hope in Conversation and Action - Guy Shennan, Rob Black, Carolyn Emanuel, Marc Gardiner, Zoe Stephens

Workshops AM


Anne Rambo

Solution Focused: Happy talk or catalyst for change?

Arnoud Huiber

‘Pragmatics and Paradigms’ - the Thinking Behind the Solution-Focused Approach

Tara Gretton

SF DJing for and by Young People


Kidge Burns & John Bulloch

Solution Focused conversations and hope in a local community

Catherine Mallorie & Jim Bird-Waddington

Blowing the SF trumpet: Promoting SF to the NHS & other public sector organisations

Jody Merelle

Doors to hope

Janine Waldman

Hope in Further Education


Lucy Johnstone & John Henden - Trauma-informed practice: The Power Threat Meaning Framework and a Solution-Focused Perspective

Workshops PM


John Sharry (Ireland) & Fred Ehresmann

Hopefulness in the face of climate breakdown, biodiversity extinction, and pending economic and social collapse - possibility or pipe dream?

Harvey Ratner & Yasmin Ajmal

What’s better? 'It's worse!’ How to keep hope alive in follow up sessions

Kate Murphy & Jim Cumpson

Boys in Mind - a solution focused approach to working with boys

Anne-Marie Wulf (Denmark), John Wheeler, Kidge Burns, Naomi Whitehead & Tara Gretton

Helping people to "get it": hope-inspired actions in the training context

John Brooker


A new metaphor for facilitating SF Team Collaboration

Emma Maynard, Chris Ward & Rob Black

Solution-focused practice in the University - supporting students

Clive Whittaker, Teresa Byrne & Kevin Hogan

A detailed analysis of SF work with 400+ clients - who benefits most?

Jim Bird-Waddington & Steve Flatt

Enhancing homelessness services – Bringing hope, making the difference


Opening Plenary

Anne Rambo and the Solution-Focused Collective - Solution-focused practice and social change

Workshops AM


John Henden & Andrew Callcott

Hope in Conversation

Brett Sentance & Jos Razzell


An introduction to using Creative Action Methods

Janine Waldman & Paul Z Jackson

Using SF to energise communities

Emma Maynard

Lives beyond the script: Applying research to solution-focused practice

Hilary Anderson

Exploring the use of a solution-focused approach to develop academic buoyancy in Key Stage Two learners

Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat (Switzerland)

A collective development of SF - Have you heard the rumour?

Greg Oberbeck, Biba Rebolj & Ben Scott

The Next Generation of Solution-Focused Practitioners

Rachel Gillibrand


This therapy works! Using EEG to reveal how the brain responds to Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Workshops PM


Lee Dale, Darren Murinas and Steve Freeman


Communities of Practice: Community Power and Systems Change

SFBT Essex - Leon Helsby, Luke Goldie-McSorley, Loredana Grigore & Greg Oberbeck


Building hope through collaborative working with teams & families

Mark Guyers


What are your best hopes for Geeks Club? “Computers, Minecraft & Pokémon”! Using a solution-focused therapy approach in paediatric diabetes care

Kirsten Dierolf (Germany) & Hugh Palmer


Making sense of meaning in postmodern therapies: connections and diversions

Paut Kromkamp



SF Intervision - the power of a team

Andrew Gibson


Grow Your Business through Word of Mouth Referrals

Simone Howieson


Implementing solution-focused practice as a nursing approach in an eating disorders ward for adults

Closing Plenary

Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat - Connecting our hopes - A collective message from the UKASFP conference to the world

The conference is taking place on the beautiful main campus of Bath Spa University, on 11th-12th July.  There are also pre-conference workshops available on 10th July.

Please click here to download and view the Conference Programme

Please click here to download and view the Timetable for Day 1

Please click here to download and view the Timetable for Day 2


Book your conference tickets here!


Start and End Times

10th July - Pre-Conference Workshops - 10.30am - 4.30pm
11th July - Registration from 9am - Conference start time 10.30am
12th July - Conference ends 4.30pm


We are also delighted to announce that the conference fees are at the startlingly low £95 for UKASFP members/students/unwaged, and £125 for non-members, up to 12th April, and £125/£155 from 13th April. For a two-day conference of the highest quality, with refreshments, lunches and a Thursday night barbecue provided, and the option of a pre-conference workshop with only a nominal extra charge to cover the cost of refreshments.


Pre-Conference Workshop 1 - An SF introductory workshop with Guy Shennan and Rob Black.

This workshop is FREE for conference attendees with a nominal charge of £6 to cover the cost of refreshments. The cost for non-conference attendees is £80.00.


Pre-Conference Workshop 2A workshop with the Zebra Collective

This workshop is FREE for conference attendees with a nominal charge of £6 to cover the cost of refreshments. The cost for non-conference attendees is £80.00.

Please note the 2 workshops run simultaneously so only 1 should be selected to attend when making your booking.


Conference flyer - You can download the Conference Flyer here  

please do forward this to your contacts and networks, and help to spread the news of the conference far and wide!

You can also help us to spread the word by using our hashtag #UKASFP2019 on Twitter and elsewhere.

We will be having some flyers printed, so if you have training taking place or know of organisations who might distribute them, let us know how many you would like (10 minimum), and your full postal address, and we will send them to you. Email us at


Conference Fringe

2019 is seeing the beginnings of a Conference Fringe. The wonderful singer-songwriter - and UKASFP Committee member - Alun Parry - is playing a gig in Bath on the evening of 10th July, to launch his new album. A great way to start the conference! Book your fringe tickets here but hurry, this is sure to sell out.


Accommodation options

There is plentiful accommodation in Bath. We have also secured 60 rooms at the conference venue itself. These are student rooms on the Newton Park campus, where breakfast is included. Details of how to book these are below. We also have 40 rooms available in student accommodation at Green Park House in Bath city centre, which is room only. The conference venue at Bath Spa University’s main Newton Park campus is four miles out from the city centre, and there will be a complimentary return bus service from Green Park House to venue, for conference participants.  Please see full information and how to book here.

Parking on site is Pay and Display, however a discounted permit will be available to purchase at registration for the price of £10 for the entirety of the conference.


Please see the Conference Terms and Conditions here.


If you have any questions or queries, please contact Guy Shennan and Rob Black at: 


Warm wishes from the #UKASFP2019 Team