An Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Interventions

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An Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Interventions - Effective Tools That Anyone Can Use

Conversations That Create Hope - An Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

An Online Workshop with David Hains and Emma Burns

9.30am - 4.00pm - via ZOOM

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Conversations That Create Hope - An Introduction to Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Conversations That Create Hope introduces Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) - an approach which is forward-focused rather than looking backwards to analyse the past. It is based on solution building and explores strengths, personal resources and future hopes rather than problems, illness, weakness or deficits. 

Applicable and effective in a range of clinical, social, educational and corporate settings, it can be used in virtually any situation where people want to improve something in their lives. One of the great things is that you don't have to be a therapist to use it, and this presentation will highlight that anyone can use SFBT in any situation where a person wants something to be better, but may not know how to go about doing it.

The interactive online workshop will be an introduction to SFBT, targeted at people who have little or no prior knowledge of the therapy. It will include many more stories and examples from Emma and David, as well as plenty of opportunities to practice the skills and to ask questions.

What is Solution Focused Brief Therapy?

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT):

  • is an approach to counselling or psychotherapy
  • is forward-focused rather than looking backwards to analyse the past
  • is based on solution building rather than problem solving
  • explores strengths, personal resources and future hopes rather than problems, illness, weakness or deficits 
  • is brief – typically 1-5 sessions 
  • was originally developed at the Brief Family Therapy Centre in Milwaukee USA in the 1980’s
  • has proven to be an effective intervention in a wide range of clinical, social, educational and corporate settings
  • can be used in virtually any situation where people want to improve something in their lives
  • does not analyse problems but rather goes straight to looking for and then moving towards a solution (the “problem” has already caused you to waste a lot of time and energy, so we don’t intend to waste any more)
  • is simple to teach and easy to learn, you don’t need a master’s degree 
  • has a sound evidence base, and is generally as effective as most psychological therapies however in comparatively less sessions

Workshop Aims​

At the end of the workshop attendees will: 

  • understand the core tenets and principles of the approach
  • understand some of the main techniques of the approach (and will have practiced using these in the workshop)
  • understand how the SF approach can be used within a variety of settings (clinical and non-clinical)
  • have knowledge and tools to be able to start using the approach in their own workplace

Who Should Attend

This introductory level workshop is for all who work to support others to change, or who want to find a better way of doing things, from large corporations, to small business, and individuals. You could be an executive, a manager, an employee, a team, a clinician, an athlete, or an individual who just wants something to be better. You don't need a diagnosis, you just need something that you want to change, but don’t know how to change it.

For large corporations to small business, this workshop will:

  • help leaders, managers and executives to become better leaders
  • help employees to find better ways of doing things
  • improving employee wellbeing and reducing burnout

For health services, NGOs and education services it will help clinical and non-clinical staff to:

  • help their teams to grow together and move in the one direction
  • teach of solution focused techniques to use in the organisation

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.

This 1-day workshop is worth 20 points/6.5 hours CPD

What others have said about David & Emma's workshops

“David's session pace was great. It was very informative & I felt that I learnt lots, and I feel the content was very thorough. Makes me feel I could easily start using this with clients I see.”

"David helps strengthen workers' capacity and helps to 'give permission' to workers to focus on solutions rather than the problem(s). Following David’s workshops, workers have been inspired to continue their development in SFBT and we hope to have David provide follow-up sessions to grow this in MIFSA (Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia) as it fits our culture and best practice.”

"Thank you Emma! I really enjoyed your workshop as it’s helped me become more confident with this kaupapa.” 

"This Solution Focused workshop has opened my eyes to a new way of looking at life's problems and options to work through them. It has also given me more skills in helping others who are struggling."

“Very inspirational –  this workshop has challenged my way of thinking and I am feeling more confident about giving hope.”

Our Presenters

David Hains

David is a Mental Health Nurse Consultant working in a variety of settings including Headspace (youth mental health service) where he does single session therapy, and a hospital emergency department in Adelaide, Australia (he's not a kiwi, but he did spend all of 2019 in the Bay of Plenty). People don't come to see him because they are having a good day. His job is to have them leave in a better state than when they arrived, but he may only have a short time to do this. 

David is the President of the Australasian Solution Focused Association, and in recent years he has been awarded the Leadership Award from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, the Achievement Award from the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, and the South Australian Premier's Nursing Scholarship. In 2016 he started a private business ‘Left Turn’ as a way to bring his knowledge, experience and passion for the solution focused approach out of the hospital and into the real world.

Emma Burns

Emma is a registered psychologist who was introduced to the Solution Focused in 2011. She immediately fell in love with the approach, and has been a passionate advocate for it ever since

Emma has worked in mental health, education, traumatic incident response and was the national clinical advisor for suicide bereavement. Since 2010 Emma has been working within the justice field, supporting families experiencing violence and abuse, and has a special interest in suicide prevention. She is the vice president of the Australasian Solution Focused Association, and has a small part time business delivering training, supervision and counselling.

Zoom Meeting Date & Time

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

9.30am - 4.00pm

You will be sent the details to access ZOOM, after you have registered. 

Participants will be doing exercises in separate (virtual) break out rooms and you will be emailed resources prior to the training. There will be group discussions and participants are encouraged to ask questions. We therefore ask all participants to have their own computer / laptop as this makes interaction with the breakout room activities and discussions easier and enhances the learning for all.

We encourage participants to email their questions to us prior to the workshop (email ), or you can share via the chat at the meeting.

This webinar will not be recorded.

Price & Registration

One Day ZOOM Workshop
Standard / Recommended Price - $290.00 inc GST
Students Price - $175.00 inc GST

The price stated is per person.
Contact us for our multi-attendee discount.


Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 or email:

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  • The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  • The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email this information to Brian - and , and along with the Invoice we will also send you a special booking link which will come up as free of charge. Through this link you will need to complete your registration. 

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 

Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

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