2017 CONFERENCE ON SOLUTION-FOCUSED PRACTICES:

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Friday, November 10th, 2017 ~ MAIN CONFERENCE

The following codes indicate workshop tracks and apply to all Workshop Sessions although participants should feel free to attend any workshop:

B - Beginner
I - Intermediate to Advanced Exploration of Basic Solution-Focused Interventions/Principles
A - All level
TIME TITLE / DESCRIPTION
7:00am-7:45am Yoga & Stretch with Mark
7:30am-8:30am Registration and Refreshments
8:30am-9:00am Welcoming Remarks and Orientation
9:00am-10:15am Opening Plenary-
Solution-focused Alternatives for Education: Innovations and Evidence:
Cynthia Franklin
  More information coming soon!
10:15am-10:45am Breaks and Refreshments
10:45am-12:00pm Workshop Session 1
  1a
Before Best Hopes, and Beyond Miracles: Three Different Questions, or…Only One: Plamen Panayotov (Room # TBD)
   
In this workshop both the obvious differences and the usually overlooked and unseen similarities among three basic solutions-searching tools – the Miracle Question, the Best Hopes Question, and the Questioning for Useful Questions – will be explored in a simulated session with a volunteer client and the active participation of all present.
  1. Participants will be able to discover the similarities among some basic and seemingly quite different solutions-building therapeutic tools.
  2. Participants will be able to distinguish between process and content changes in therapeutic dialogues.
  3. Participants will be able to see both traditional SFBT and its present-day branches not as final states of therapeutic art, but as steps on the road of a therapeutic evolution.
  1b
Solution Focused Resilience: Strengthening What You Already Do: Ellen Quick (Room # TBD)
 
People bounce back from adversity. They’ve done so before, and if there’s a rough patch, they’re probably doing it right now, even if they don’t yet realize it. In this workshop, we’ll explore how solution focused practice taps and amplifies resilience that’s already present.
  1. Participants will be able to Invite clients to notice what they already do in the presence of discomfort.
  2. Participants will be able to use “how did you get here today?” inquiry.
  3. Participants will be able to elicit future scenarios where “the hardest part is behind you.”
  4. Participants will be able to Describe how therapists can tap their own resilience during difficult sessions.
  1c
Exceptions: Highlighting Difference Where It Counts: Samira Garcia (Room # TBD)
   
Through the use of clinical /supervision examples I will discuss my understanding of effectively seeking exceptions. I will discuss logical errors that may hinder the search of exceptions, and different types of exceptions. Effective exceptions are relevant to clients’ understanding of their problems, and promote hope, expectancy, and personal agency.
  1. Participants will learn the philosophical assumptions behind the use of exceptions in Solution-focused brief therapy.
  2. Participants will be able to recognize logical errors that may produce ineffective exceptions in their clinical practice and supervision.
  3. Participants will explore how to construct relevant and effective exceptions with clients.
  4. Participant will contribute to and promote an ongoing conversation about the creative and effective use of exceptions.
  1d
Staying Solution Focused within a Medical Model: Kestral Hanson, Neathaw and Marja Dansie (Room # TBD)
   
This presentation will focus on utilizing SFBT within an integrated care system where the medical model culture meets a solution focused approach. We will navigate the cultural differences between the provider, patient, and SFBT while working within the medical model.
  1. Participants will gain knowledge about integrated care.
  2. Participants will hone skills of shifting from problem focused to solution focused with the referral source as well as the patient/client.
  3. Participants will increase tools to stay solution focused even within the structure of a problem focused system.
  1e
For traditional men, SFBT fits like a glove – a work glove: Brigitte Lovoie (Room # TBD)
   
Men do not seek help as often as women, not because they suffer less, but because the requirements of masculinity are often at odds with the way services are offered. This workshop will demonstrate how SFBT can help us bridge the gap between services and the traits of traditional masculinity.
  1. Participants will be able to explain why it is important to adapt services for men and boys who subscribe to a traditional definition of masculinity.
  2. Participants will be able to identify ways to bring a solution focused approach to how they offer services and not just within the session.
  3. Using their knowledge about work with boys and men, participants will identify strategies or messages to help decision-makers in their organizations see the importance of solution-focused work.
  1f
Beyond Therapy: Taking SFBT to the Corporate World: Patricia Casamo (Room # TBD)
   
SFBT offers perspectives and tools for transformative change that go beyond the consulting room. In this interactive workshop, I will present useful strategies from my 3 decades as a solution focused change agent within corporate and private practice, including EAP, crisis intervention, employee productivity and satisfaction, and health and well-being.
  1. Participants will learn the key framework of EAP Consultative Services interfacing with SFBT.
  2. Participants will utilize SFBT intervention techniques in a variety of clinical, coaching and consultative areas.
  3. Participants will identify key interventions for teams and leaders, that turn around the trajectory of complex issues from problems to solutions.
  4. Participants will experience group and role playing exercises modeling mindfulness, and reflection to enhance SFBT tenets.
  5. Participants will be shown effective ways to engage their workplace through dynamic presentations and workshops using SFBT skills.
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch: On Your Own
12:00pm-1:30pm Workshop Session 2
1:30pm-2:45pm 2a
Microanalysis of Opportunities: Making Intervention Choices: Joel Simon (Room # TBD)
   
As solution-focused clinicians, we have to decide moment by moment what to respond to, how to respond, and why. This workshop examines how and why those decisions are made.
  1. Participants will state the definition of the following terms: utterance, opportunity, solution-building, key words.
  2. Participants will demonstrate the ability to extract opportunities from each video utterance example.
  3. Participants will demonstrate the ability to select a preferred opportunity and to give a solution-building rationale for the choice.
  4. Participants will demonstrate the ability to select an intervention using a solution-building rationale.
  2b
Solution-Focused Coaching with Executive Leaders – from the Donald to the Dalai Lama: Frank Thomas and Mark Mitchell (Room # TBD)
   
This interactive workshop will examine SF coaching with executives in nonprofit settings, for-profit enterprises, family businesses, and entrepreneurial start-ups. We will focus on how the SF coach gains credibility within the organization, leverages that credibility to create influence with leaders, and generates ideas for change in each of the settings.
  1. Participants will learn how to establish strategic credibility with the executive and the organization.
  2. Participants will practice being an active SF coach & host.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and avoid coaching errors frequently made with executive leaders.
  4. Participants will create an action plan for the SF coach to take into the next business adventure.
  2c
Applying SFBT Skills in Nutrition: Richard Kahn (Room # TBD)
   
The workshop demonstrates how the SBFT approach can be used for problems in the nutrition domain. Participants will be given the simplest available nutrition guidelines for grounding. Participants will practice will practice two simple questions and the use of the magic square as applied to nutrition.
  1. Participants will learn to create a strength-based diet history.
  2. Participants will learn to understand the value of lists as a source of revelation and positive exceptions.
  3. Participants will learn to use VIPs to explore nutrition and/or eating behavior.
  4. Participants will learn to see the role of VIPs as sources of positive exceptions.
  5. Participants will learn to use a Magic Square grid to explore nutrition/eating in greater depth.
  2d
Work with Children All Over the World: Pamela King (Room # TBD)
   
The effectiveness of solution focused work with children and families is demonstrated all over the world. The respectful stance of SFBT of course is also culturally sensitive. Participants and presenter will share strategies with children and families from numerous countries.
  1. Participants will receive an international list of resources.
  2. Participants will be able to name and describe child and family programs from 3 countries.
  3. Participants will be able to name 5 tools for effective therapy with children.
    1. Future Play-using role play and activities to elicit details of a preferred future.
    2. Play Scaling-scaling preferred future with toys such as an abacus or pick up sticks.
    3. Three Houses tool in child protection.
    4. WOWW Working on What Works in Schools.
    5. Resource Cards- Children complimenting themselves.
  2e
Solution-Focused Team Building: Across Diverse Contexts: Michael Rolleston, Monica Schroeder, Tiffany Leon (Room # TBD)
   
This interactive presentation will explore solution-focused strategies that can be utilized for team building exercises across various contexts. By highlighting the use of these strategies with early childhood educators and higher education administrators, this session will emphasize how a solution-focused approach to team building can help bring groups together.
  1. Participants will understand the basic theoretical and clinical assumptions of a solution-focused approach.
  2. Participants will become familiar with how to utilize a solution-focused approach in diverse contexts.
  3. Participants will learn how to collaborate with groups to co-create useful team building skills.
  4. Participants will explore ways to utilize various solution-focused strategies to help develop team building tools.
  2f
When the System is the Client: Dvorah Simon and Rachel Coleman (Room # TBD)
   
We will present solution focused ways of working within care systems that promote identification with pathological labels, and with clients who have long-standing attachments to these systems. We conceptualize attachment to the pathology label as the "client," and work to elicit and bless evidence of well-being, agency, and competence.
  1. Participants will be able to identify at least one challenge to implementing solution focused interventions in a pathology-focused setting.
  2. Participants will be able to name one successful tool for implementing solution focused interventions in a pathology-focused setting.
  3. Participants will be able to specify at least one tool for working with clients who have had long experience with being reinforced for identifying themselves with pathological labels.
2:45pm-3:15pm Break/Refreshments
3:15pm-4:30pm Workshop Session 3
  3a
If it was easy to change I would have already done it!!!"; Solution-Focused with the Criminal Offender Population: Monica Rotner (Room # TBD)
   
How can solution focused be applied to inspire hope in a population that can be dis-empowered, judged and held prisoner to their personal struggle for change? This workshop will provide participants a "what’s worked" in working with the offender population and a live demo on a case that a participant brings.
  1. Participants will be able to name three solution focused tools and their application to working with the offender population.
  2. Participants will leave with Solution focused tools for remaining neutral when working with a criminal justice system.
  3. Participants will experience the development of a solution focused future vision when working with the offender population.
  3b
What works in learning SFBT: Sara Smock Jordan, with Chris Asikis, Sara Elshershaby, Ben Finlayson, Valerie Handley, Shannon Hansen, Nick Hayes, Alex Lopez, Gary McCrory, Ryan Nies, Stephanie Franklin, Victor Pena, Shelby Sewell (Room # TBD)
   
This workshop will focus on how student learn SFBT. Students from an introduction to SFBT graduate course will share their experiences about learning the model. Role plays and exercises will be demonstrated from the course and student presenters will share their reactions/experiences.
  1. Participants will learn about what works in SFBT training.
  2. Participants will get to practice “most useful” SFBT training exercises.
  3. Participants will get a chance to network with other trainers.
  3c
Writing as an End-of-Session Practice - A Dialogical Twist: Katharine Ottone and Frank Thomas (Room # TBD)
   
This interactive workshop will offer a SF end-of-session alternative that incorporates writing. We will focus on how the SF therapist emphasizes the preferred future in this end-of-session reflective writing process and highlights how the session will affect the living out of the preferred future.
  1. Participants will learn how to utilize writing as an effective SF tool.
  2. Participants will practice incorporating writing as an end of session practice.
  3. Participants will be able to identify the value of inviting a dialogical closing to each session by getting client perspectives on its value.
  4. Participants will create multiple versions of writing as an in-session practice that fit within their own SF style.
  3d
Drawing on the Strength of Families to Support Recovery: Brian Serna (Room # TBD)
   
In families who struggle with addiction, traditional approaches have often been pathologized using words like “toxic and enabling”. The idea is that the family and addict must detach to become functional. This workshop will draw on a family’s strength to guide an individual towards lifelong recovery from addiction.
  1. Participants will Understand the theories and selected research on empowering families to influence the addict.
  2. Participants will name places of integration between CRAFT and SFBT.
  3. Participants will identify the difference between enabling and positive reinforcement.
  3e
Working Well with Colleagues: A Solution-Focused Approach to Collaborative Conversation Leadership: Heather Fiske and Brenda Salter-Minden (Room # TBD)
   
Putting two practitioners or trainers in a room together does not guarantee a collaborative working partnership. In this lively interactive workshop, two experienced solution-focused practitioners who have been co-therapists, co-trainers, and co-facilitators in both clinical and organizational contexts will engage you in developing a solution-focused approach to working well together.
  1. Participants will describe characteristics of working partnerships that work well for them
  2. Participants will develop and test solution-focused questions to ask themselves and their colleagues in order to promote effective collaborations
  3. Participants will develop and test solution-focused approaches to meeting collaborative challenges with colleagues.
  3f
Responding to A Cry for Help: Sue Young and Sarah Berg (Room # TBD)
   
This workshop will use a real-case when a teenage girl was being troubled by bullying in school. All the interaction is by email so the entire interaction will be seen, from referral to close, in full.
  1. Participants will consider how they respond by email in a crisis.
  2. Participants will hear others respond in different yet valid SF ways to the same case as it unfolds.
  3. Participants will enjoy a challenging yet rewarding experience!
4:45pm-5:30pm  
SFBTA Members Meeting: (Room # TBD)
   
The SFBTA Board of Directors will facilitate a meeting among the SFBTA members. As written in the 2016 SFBTA Bylaws, members include everyone seated on the Board of Directors and everyone in attendance at the annual SFBTA conference (please ask a Board member for more information about the details of membership).

SFBTA President Stephen Langer will present the members with an annual Board report including invitations for members to join SFBTA committees and handing out a survey about association membership.

Two Board of Director positions will be open and will be appointed from an election result. This is the second advisory election as an intermediate step toward the goal of directly electing Directors of the Association (please ask a Board member for more information about the detail of Board elections and terms). If you are interested in the governance of the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association, please plan to attend this members’ meetings. Nominations will be taken from the attendees present at the meeting and nominees must be in attendance to stand for election.


7:00pm-10:30pm Annual SFBTA Conference Banquet & Awards
Enjoy good food and meet new and old friends, as SFBTA acknowledges research efforts, student achievements and contributions to the field of solution focused practice. Then it’s time for entertainment.

Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance. For planning purposes, we are unable to sell banquet tickets at the conference.