South Australian Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Community of Practice

In late 2015, a small group of clinicians from public mental health in and around Adelaide formed a community of practice to share knowledge and experience in using SFBT. They joined the Mental Health Professionals Network (www.mhpn.org.au) and agreed to meet 4 times a year.

In August 2016, the group, with permission from the MHPN, agreed to be affiliated with the ASFA.

Interest in the group has quickly grown and there are over 200 people on the mailing list. The group is open to anyone with an interest in SFBT. Attendees now come from a variety of backgrounds including public mental health, private practice, and school counselling.

The group was proud to host the Third Conference Australian and New Zealand Solution-Focused Conference in Adelaide in 2017.

Membership and attendance is free. Meetings are held at the Glenside Hospital Learning Centre every 3 months. Drinks and nibbles are provided. For more information, contact David Hains

The next meeting will be in 2023.

Solution Focused Therapy Group — Epping, NSW

The SFBT Epping group meets monthly at the Resilience Centre at 401/51 Rawson Street, Epping NSW 2121 on the third Monday of the month at 8am. Currently the structure of the meetings involves a case presentation and small formulation groups around the case. You may even get breakfast as well. Remote access is possible if you can't get to Epping.

The meeting follows the F.A.R.O. structured supervision format in 4 rounds, allowing participants to generate new ideas for difficult problems. — http://www.ilfaro.be/

Cost: Members of ASFA: No cost. Non-members: $50

Contact Lyn Worsley for details or phone 9869 0377


Solution Focused Therapy Group — Melbourne, Victoria

The Melbourne SFBT practitioners group started in 2018 after the successful ASFA Conference in Melbourne. Meetings are held in the CBD and are run in collaboration between the ASFA and the MHPN. 

For details contact Ross Langford (Mob: 0403 487 517)

Meetings are held at the Kathleen Syme Library,  251 Faraday St, Carlton.


Solution Focused Approaches in Educational Settings

John Penny (ASFA Board member from Sydney) hosts an on-line group for anyone who uses SF approaches in teaching, education, and school counselling. If you are interested, please contact John (via email). Meetings are held via zoom 4 times a year (each term).


Brisbane Solution-Focused Practitioner Network

A new CoP started in Brisbane in 2020 and being run jointly through the ASFA and the MHPN. For details please contact Adrian Holmes. Meetings are held at SKATTLE House 44 Newdegate St, Greenslopes QLD 4120, from 5-7pm. The first meeting was held on 23/8/2020 and are held quarterly.  


Perth/WA Solution-Focused Practitioner Network

A CoP in Perth hosts meetings either in Karrinyup or online. Please contact Steve or Kerry for more details. Even if you can't attend, the group is looking to make contact with other SF devotees in WA, so please drop them an email. 

Hawkes Bay (NZ) Solution Focused Practitioners Group

The Hawkes Bay Solution Focused Practitioners Group was formed in 2013 as a forum to develop and strengthen both individual practice, and to promote Solution Focused therapy in Hawkes Bay. One of the primary purposes of the group was to help embed the approach for those new to Solution Focused therapy.

This group is currently in recess, but if you want to know anything about local SF activity & practitioners then please contact Emma Burns — Cell phone: 021 1923740 — or email here.

Dunedin (NZ) Solution Focused Practitioners Group

The Dunedin Solution Focused Practitioners Group was formed in 2017.  Meetings are held every 6-8 weeks to share examples of solution focused practice. Previous guest speakers have included Michael Durrant and John Henden. 

The organisers for the group are Andrea Lemm and Roxy Bretton. Please contact Andrea for more details. 

Your local group could be listed here!

If you have a local group — or are interested in exploring a group in a particular geographical area or a particular area of focus — please consider becoming an affiliated group of the Association.

In Australia contact Lyn Worsley, and in New Zealand contact Emma Burns.

To have information about your group included here, please email us your details.

We are happy to include here details of groups, meetings, special events ... ANYTHING you send us that might be of interest to the Australasian Solution-Focused community.