AASFBT aims to further the practice of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (and the use of the Solution-Focused approach in other contexts) in Australia and New Zealand.

In many ways, the formation of the Association in 2013 was the next logical step in the development of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy "down under". The European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA — founded by a group which included Steve de Shazer and Insoo Berg) has been holding conferences, promoting research and coordinating information in Europe for around 15 years. The Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA) has been playing a similar role in North America for most of the last decade. It was about time that we think about how to develop some kind of "identity" for Solution-Focused practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.

The Association is incorporated as a non-profit association under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act. This limits the liability of members and office bearers for any debts the Association may incur. Having this legal status is important, since it allows us to operate as a Solution-Focused "entity" and — hopefully — lends cedibility to the Association and, by extension, to the Solution-Focused approach.One of the intangible benefits of being a member of AASFBT is that you are contributing to the broader recognition of Solution-Focused as a legitimate approach. There are Solution-Focused professional associations in twelve countries (or groups of countries). The existence of a properly established professional association helps add credibility to Solution-Focused.

The first Australian and NZ Solution-Focused Conference was held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, in July 2014. The second conference was in Sydney in August 2014 and the next conference conference is planned to be in New Zealand. The Journal of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is published by AASFBT, commencing in July 2014, as a service to the international Solution-Focused community.

MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2015

  • General membership $AU 120 (plus $30 joining fee for new members)

  • Student members $AU 70 (plus $30 joining fee for new members)



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