Welcome to the latest news from the Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney.

This newsletter includes details of our 2023 training. In 2023, our Solution Focused training will be offered (either by us directly or via our friends at Compass Seminars) in 13 different cities around Australia.

Please pass this email on to any colleagues who might be interested.


2023 training courses are available at a SALE price — $220 discount (or 33%). A limited number of places are available at the Sale price — until 31 December 2022 (unless sold out beforehand). Please note that the sale tickets are NOT transferable and name changes and refunds are NOT available. If you are likely to want to change your booking, we recommend purchasing at the Earlybird rate.

The popular training course Solution Focused Brief Therapy: A comprehensive introduction will be offered on a number of occasions throughout 2023 in Sydney (Parramatta) and Melbourne and once in Orange. Conducted by Michael Durrant, this is THE leading Solution Focused training offered in Australia and New Zealand and is regularly sold out.

Michael has been engaged to conduct this training for adult, adolescent and child & family mental health services for several District Health Boards in New Zealand, for Local Health Districts in NSW and specialist Headspace services in several Australian states — as well as for school personnel, school executives and educational psychologists in various Australian states, for the New Zealand Ministry of Education and in the UK.

The training presents the application of Solution Focused practice in mental health, schools and other counselling settings — as well as in organisational and coaching contexts. Sale prices are available until 31 December (unless sold out beforehand).


The two-day Solution Focused training will also be offered in Brisbane and regional QLD, regional NSW, regional Victoria, Perth and Hobart. This training is presented by Michael Durrant but is organised by our friends at Compass Seminars. Our continued collaboration with Compass Seminars allows our Solution Focused training to be offered more widely, and we
acknowledge our ongoing appreciation to the team at Compass.

Solution Focused practice — How do you do that?

The book is finally nearing publication. The book is at the proof-reading stage and will be available very early in 2023 (depending on the printer's schedule). The book will offer a comprehensive — and VERY practical — guide to using Solution Focused principles and techniques in a number of different contexts.

As soon as the book has physically gone to the printer, you will receive an email with a special prepublication offer.

If you have attended our training courses recently, you will have received a sample chapter from the new book. If not, the chapter Beginnings is available to download now.


Emma Burns, an Associate of the Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney, has been elected President of the Australasian Solution Focused Association. Our congratulations and best wishes to Emma. This is a pivotal role in the international Solution Focused community.

Emma takes over from David Hains, who is also an Associate of the Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney. Our thanks to David for his work over the last few years, keeping an Association alive despite the pandemic and ensuring the continuity of  The Journal of Solution Focused Practices.

Go to the ASFA web site HERE.