We are dedicated to foster the exchange of ideas and practices in the field of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. We aim to provide research awards, scholarships, and/or fellowships to further the development of the field of solution-focused brief therapy. We are committed to holding an annual conference.
In 2002, a group of about 30 solution-focused trainers and several graduate students were invited by Steve de Shazer and Terry Trepper to converge on Purdue University in Hammond, Indiana. The original purpose was to share training ideas and discuss SFBT practice. During a third meeting, it was suggested that we form an association whose primary purpose is to hold an annual conference dedicated to solution-focused practices. The first conference was held in November 2003 in Loma Linda, California. In 2007, SFBTA inherited materials from Steve de Shazer’s and Insoo Kim Berg’s Brief Family Therapy Center and copyrights for providing stewardship to Insoo’s and Steve’s legacy. The association is committed to supporting those who wish to cultivate new applications and take their mastery of SFBT to the highest level. To that end, in the spirit of the original founders meetings, we will continue to develop learning opportunities of quality.
In our mission to expand and further develop solution-focused brief therapy we realize the importance of both diversity and inclusivity. As an association, we recognize that our success is dependent upon the engagement, inclusion, and valuing of the rich diversity of all individuals. We acknowledge diversity as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, veteran status, religious affiliation, nationality, political affiliation, and/or disability. We are committed to treating all individuals and groups with dignity and respect. We are an association community that values diversity and we strive to be inclusive.