David Hains wins major award

At the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses 2018 conference in Cairns, it was announced that the ACMHN 2018 Australian Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award was awarded to our President, David Hains. David won the South Australian Premier's Nursing Scholarship in 2016, specifically for his Solution-Focused work. This new award is further recognition of David's Solution-Focused work in front-line, and with expanding the scope of practice for mental health nursing.


Solution-Focused practitioners register

We are often asked if there are Solution-Focused practitioners in particular areas. Accordingly, we will be including on the web site a list of members who offer therapy services and/or supervision. You can register your details HERE.



2018 conference

The FOURTH Australian & New Zealand Solution-Focused Conference was held in Melbourne, 20–22 July 2018, at the University of Melbourne. Some of the speakers have agreed to make available copies of their presentation or other resources. These are available HERE.

2019 conference in Christchurch 

The FIFTH Australian and New Zealand Solution-Focused Conference will be held at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand 20–23 November 2019. Confirmed keynote speaker is Ben Furman, from Finland. More details are now available on our conference page.

New Zealand news

The next one-day Solution-Focused conference will be held in Napier, New Zealand on 19 March 2019. This conference is not an AASFBT event; however, the Board of AASFBT are pleased to endorse this conference and we send our best wishes to the organising team. Keynote speaker is Elliott Connie who will also be runing a 2 day masterclass on 20/21 March. There will be presentations by AASFBT President David Hains, Vice-President Emma Burns, and Board Member Andrea Lemm. You can find details on their website

Journal of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

The JSFBT is an international journal published by AASFBT for the international Solution-Focused community. The association has attempted to publish 2 editions per year, but this has proven to be more difficult than we anticipated and we are subsequently behind in publication. The editorial board are still working on the next edition, however we regret to say that we cannot guarantee that we provide copies as part of membership (as was previously promised). The board appologises for not being able to provide what was originally promised. We hope to notify both current and former members in the near future when the journal gets back on track. 

Local Solution Focused groups

AASFBT supports local "affiliate" groups. These groups of Solution-Focused practitioners provide opportunity for networking, support and seminars. The groups are most likely geographically defined; however, it would also be possible for a group to include SF practitioners working in a particular context. Details on affiliated groups HERE.

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