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 was planned to be in New Zealand in 2015; hoiwever, we had some major organisational difficulties. The Journal of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is published by AASFBT, commencing in July 2014, as a service to the international Solution-Focused community (the Editoirial Board represents 19 different countries.

NEWS — AASFBT will have a conference in Adelaide in July or August 2017. Details to come. There will be a Solution-Focused conference in Christchurch, NZ in March 2017. This conference is NOT an AASFBT conference; however, the Association endorses this conference. Details of the NZ conference HERE


The Board of the Association has determined that 2015 membership will carry over to 2016. There was not a conference in 2015 and the Journal of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy was not published in 2015. Two issues of the journal will be published in 2016 and will be sent to members in July and December. Members who subscribed or renewed in 2015 are financial until the end of 2016. Members who did not renew in 2015 should do so NOW, so they will receive the two 2016 issues of the journal.

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