Keynote Speaker

The AASFBT are happy to annnounce that the keynote speaker for 2019 is Ben Furman from Finland.

Ben is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and an internationally renowned teacher of solution-focused therapy, coaching and organisational development.

Ben has written some twenty books many of which have been translated to a number of foreign languages. He is renowned internationally as a trainer of solution-focused psychology and an active innovator of solution-focused methods and tools such as Kids’ Skills and Steps of Responsibility for helping children overcome problems and Reteaming, Twin-Star and Cooperation for teaching solution-focused psychology for leaders and staff of and organisations.

For more information about Ben, have a look at his website here.

We will be making full use of Bens' knowledge and skills while he is in Christchurch. Ben will not only be delivering the formal keynote address, but will also be running other activities including a live interview. Ben will also host a seperate 1 day workshop on 21st of November (this will require an additional payment when you register for the conference). 

Full day preconference workshop (7-8 hours with lunch included)

Kids’Skills – a simple, practical, positive, and easy-to-learn solution-focused approach to helping kids and adults alike.

Kids’Skills is an effective, creative and fun and completely solution-focused protocol for helping children, teenagers and even adults to overcome all kinds of psychological problems from innocent bad habits to aggressive outbursts of anger, and from depression to OCD. During the day you will learn how to convert any problem into a skill for your client to learn and how to use the 15 steps of Kids’Skills to build motivation in your client and to mobilise your client’s social network to become active supporters for him or her. We will talk about how to work with smaller children as well as school kids and teenagers. And of course we will also talk about how to reach out to reluctant teens, how to respond to school absenteeism, PTSD, self-harming…. You name it. Whatever the problem, SFT has something valuable to offer.


The flowerpot – a revolutionary theory for making sense of what the heck we are supposed to be doing

In his plenary presentation Ben will present the ground-breaking flowerpot theory, his cherished a brain child. It’s a proposal for three common factors that are needed in order for therapists and counsellors to succeed in their work with children, teens and families: Hope, Collaboration and Creativity. We will take a sweeping look at what you can do in actual practice – regardless of your therapeutic orientation – to instil hope, to get everyone one board and to ignite the creativity of your clients (and subdue that of your own).