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 either the Glenside Hospital Learning Centre or at Flinders Medical Centre every 3 months on a Monday night from 5:30 to 7:30. Drinks and nibbles are provided. For more information, contact David Hains

The next meeting is TBA

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 Michelle Orr (via email) or 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 (AASFBT Board member from Sydney) wants to start 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) 


Brisbane Solution-Focused Practitioner Network

A new CoP is being established in Brisbane 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 is being held on 23/8/2020, and the second meeting on 27/2/2021. 

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.

Our group meets approximately six weekly, with groups in Napier, Hastings and Central Hawkes Bay.

We offer the opportunity to network, share readings and trainings, discuss cases, and learn from each other in a relaxed and friendly forum.

Our group currently consists of psychologists, social workers, school counsellors, and RTLBs.

New members always welcome, whether newbies or experienced in the approach.

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. 

SFiO - Solution Focus in Organisations, Australia and New Zealand

ASFA is happy to announce that a new Chapter of SFiO is starting in Australia and New Zealand in December 2020. The Group is officially launching with a FREE Summer Bootcamp on Wednesday the 2nd of December. You can find more info and registration details here. There will be further bootcamps planned in January and February. 

The ASFA is very happy to support and promote this fantastic new group who are promoting solution-focused approaches in non-clinical environments. For more details you can contact Annette Gray or John Teager.

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.