Training information for 2022 is now available. Click TRAINING in the menu bar below.


The Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney (BTIS) is a centre in Sydney's western suburbs — committed to being a "centre of excellence" for practice, training and supervision in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and applications of "the strengths perspective". We are committed to Solution Focused Brief Therapy (psychotherapy/counselling), but also to the application of Solution Focused ideas in broader contexts — coaching, leadership, school welfare and discipline, management, supervision and organisational settings.

We are the leading provider of Brief Therapy training and consultation in Australia. Michael Durrant was honoured to have a close personal friendship with a number of the founders of the Solution Focused approach — particularly Steve de Shazer, Eve Lipchik and Insoo Kim Berg. The Brief Therapy training and consultation we offer stands proudly on the shoulders of Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and Eve Lipchik, Brian Cade, and others.

Many people in Australia and New Zealand who identify themselves as Solution Focused Brief Therapists have begun their Solution Focused journey in BTIS training. As well as the 200 or more people who attend our Solution Focused Brief Therapy training courses each year, we have provided Leadership training for staff working with preschools and special-needs children in South-east Queensland and agencies in New Zealand, supervision training for welfare agencies in Mt Gambier (in rural South Australia), for the Victorian child protection department and for a large rural welfare agency in western and north-western NSW, training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy for counsellors and caseworkers in a family welfare agency in Darwin and a child protection agency in inner-city Sydney, as well as many other agencies. We have worked with the whole staff of a primary school in New Plymouth, New Zealand, the staff of a number of high schools in western Sydney, rural NSW and Auckland, as well as with high-performance coaches at the New Zealand Institute of Sport. These looked at how Solution Focused ideas help us promote what is best in students or athletes (rather than figuring out how to "fix" what is wrong). We worked with an adolescent sexual offenders program in the wilds of Montana, USA and have conducted training for educational psychologists and school personnel in London.

The Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney offers a range of services:

  • A program of professional training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and applications of the strengths perspective. Training includes one- and two-day courses held in Parramatta — also in Adelaide, Melbourne and Central West NSW. (we also provide Solution Focused training elsewhere in Australia (currently Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Newcastle) through our friends at Compass Seminars.
  • Professional supervision for counselling, education and human services professionals who wish to further their skills and experience in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and/or in "strengths-based" approaches to working. We have experience providing supervision to individual practitioners — either on a "one-off" case consultation basis or on an ongoing basis — and in providing external supervision to teams within the mental health, adolescent and family, school and alternate care settings.
  • "Customised" and workplace training — any of the Institute's training courses can be provided onsite at your workplace or agency for a group of employees and we work with you to "customise" the program so that it meets the particular needs of your organisation.
  • Consultation in program development and management is available for organisations who are developing more of a strengths focus in their work and wish to explore its implications for organisation and management.
  • Therapy — Our counselling or therapy services at the Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney are limited at the moment. Michael and Frances are not able to accept therapy referrals at present. Our Associates (see About us) can be contacted for therapy services.





Detailed training information for 2022 is available HERE.

ASFA meeting

On 21 July 2021, Michael was privileged to be the speaker (online) at the meeting of the Australasian Solution Focused Association. The topic was "The power of description: BEYOND the miracle question". The video of the presentation is available HERE and the slides and other resources are available HERE.

Special ASFA membership offer and other details HERE.



During the COVID lockdown LAST year, we offered free webinars in aspects of Solution Focused work, and were grateful that various of our international friends took part in these. The webinars were recorded and are available for viewing (and additional resource material is available) HERE.

August — Solution Focused conversations with people considering suicide.

September — Solution Focused work with family violence.

November — Solution Focused work in schools ... and others.

Our (roughly) monthly webinars MIGHT resume later in 2022. Join our mailing list to hear about future webinars.

New Associate of BTIS

We are pleased to announce that Emma Burns has accepted our invitation to become an Associate of the Institute. Associates are close colleagues who, while they operate independently, agree to be identified with the Institute. See the team HERE.





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THE ASSOCIATION — Conferences, local SF groups ... and more!

The Association is the KEY community of Solution Focused people in Australasia.

Go to the ASFA web site.

There is a special offer of free 2022 membership for anyone who joins in the remainder of 2021.

NOTE that members of ASFA receive a $60 discount on the cost of any Brief Therapy Institute training.

Use the code "ASFA" at check-out.
Does not apply to SALE fees.