The Third Australian & New Zealand Solution-Focused Conference will be held in Adelaide in July. We are pleased to host two of our international keynote speakers at training events in Melbourne and Sydney in the week following the conference.

Hope in action: A Solution-Focused Brief Therapy approach to working with acutely suicidal clients

Two-day workshop with Heather Fiske, from Canada — THE leading international presenter/writer on using Solution-Focused ideas with acutely suicidal clients

The Resilience Centre, Epping — 9:30 AM–4:30 PM — Wednesday and Thursday, 19 & 20 July 2017

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a respectful and empowering approach to helping that is especially useful with people in crisis. For individuals struggling with the urge to solve their problems by suicide, SFBT offers pragmatic conversational tools that help to shift focus to possibilities for a more positive future; to useful resources and skills already in the person's repertoire; and to hope and reasons for living. The facilitator will share "20 good reasons for using SFBT in suicide prevention/intervention work".

The workshop content will include how to work with some of our most challenging situations, such as individuals who make repeated suicide attempts. The workshop format will include numerous case examples, recorded or scripted; opportunities for questions and discussion; and skill-building exercises. Participants can expect to take away specific tools and approaches that they can immediately apply in their own work.

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Heather is an enthusiastic and experienced Solution-Focused practitioner, trainer, and supervisor and possibly the leading international presenter about using Solution-Focused ideas in conversations around suicide.. She is one of the founders of the (North American) Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association and has published numerous articles on Solution-Focused practice and training as well as her book, Hope in Action: Solution-Focused Conversations about Suicide. She is the recipient of the Insoo Kim Berg memorial award for contributions to Solution-Focused training, and of the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention's national service award. Heather lives on the glorious North Atlantic coast of Canada near Halifax, Nova Scotia.


I had the pleasure of meeting Heather at the 2016 Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, initially at a 2-day Solution-Focused Train the Trainer workshop, again during a short conference workshop on suicide prevention, and several other times during and after the conference. Heather is an experienced clinician, trainer and writer. Heather combines her extensive knowledge and experience of SFBT, her passion for suicide prevention, her compassion for her clients, along with her warm personality and super relaxed teaching style to deliver an amazingly good workshop. I understand that Heather is one of the most sought-after SFBT trainers in North America and I can see why.

— David Hains, Clinical Practice Consultant, Emergency Department Mental Health Team,
Flinders Medical Centre and Director, Left Turn Solutions, Adelaide


Heather is both an amazing clinician and an amazing teacher. Working with people seriously contemplating suicide is a challenge for all of us. Heather shows both in her writing, her teaching and in her clinical work how useful Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is. The consultation interview she did with one of my clients in her workshop with us last year left me feeling that I still have a lot to learn.

— Harry Korman, Psychiatrist, Malmo, Sweden.



The workshop will be held at The Resilience Centre, 48 Oxford St, Epping (Full details will be provided after registration received). Morning tea and afternoon tea are included. Numbers are strictly limited — register early.

Price: AASFBT Members — $400 | Non-members — $460