Sunday morning breakfast with the AASFBT

The program for Sunday will start at 0700 and finish by 1100.

On Sunday morning there will be a couple of early morning discussions over breakfast at Ilam Hall involving notable people such as Ben Furman and Emma Burns as well as a few other special guests. Brent Gardiner will lead the discussion and you can listen in or join in the conversation and perhaps also ask your own questions.  If you are registered for the full conference your breakfast will be included. There is an option on the registration page to come for this single day.

Brent is Program Leader for the NZAC accredited Master of Counselling Studies qualification at Massey University, Palmerston North. He first discovered SFBT while studying psychology at the University of Canterbury and went on to learn more about it under the tutelage of Professor Bob Manthei and Associate Professor Judi Miller while completing his Master’s there in the late 90s. He has applied SFP in his clinical practice ever since in a wide variety of settings including ACC sensitive claims work, couple and family work and with individuals. He has also provided numerous SF trainings in various contexts over the past two decades and continues to provide counsellor education, supervision and coaching to practitioners developing SF practice skills.
He was a founding board member of the Australasian Association of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and is honoured to be its first Life Member. He remains a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
He lives on a small lifestyle block near Foxton with his wife Carolyn and golden lab Cruze, is the proud Dad of one grown son, currently touring the US playing sax in a rock band, and the equally proud step-dad of Carolyn’s two delightful grown children.


Final morning workshop

Experience your best hopes in action

This is the final workshop where participants will have the chance to experience their best hopes in action. During this activity based workshop participants will share stories, vissioneer, and explore possibilities based on their experience over the past three days. This is designed to be a collaborative space involving conversations to explore possibilities for the future.

Neil Worsley has worked in education for over 38 years, including Sydney high schools in the inner city, northern, western and southern suburbs. His leadership experiences include working with disadvantaged, Aboriginal, multicultural and middleclass communities as well as experience in teaching in the UK. Neil’s most recent school role was as College Principal at Northern Beaches Secondary College the largest school in NSW, working across five campuses with a team of principals and over 370 teachers. This experience has further developed Neil’s expertise in school organisation and processes as well as his significant understanding of teaching and learning in primary schools.
Neil has considerable experience over the past 20 years in the practical and ground breaking application of Positive Psychology into varied school settings in order to bring about measured changes in student resilience, staff well-being and the creation of positive school environments. A particular interest of Neil’s is to enhance the professional growth and development of teachers and to build school capacity by developing aspiring leaders and whole school approaches through applying Solution Focused psychology to coaching, mentoring and the many other conversations across school communities.


Wrap up, thanks, and goodbye

David Hains and Shanee Barraclough will wrap up proceedings with a wiatia, karakia, and final comments.