EBTA 2023

List of workshops:

Lecture - Friday,

lyn worsley

Lyn Worsley

The extensive research into psychological resilience points us to an ecological approach, noting that to build resilience is to connect and interact with the resources around you. The resilience doughnut is a solution focused model showing the multiple pathways to building resilience from childhood to adulthood. Itis based on the research into the common strengths shown by people who have survived and thrived through extreme adversity.  This research model is used as a pragmatic and practical conversational tool, used in schools, families, organisations, and individual therapy. As a solution focused tool, it is not looking at what is working but who and where it is working.  This presentation will give an overview of the model and show how resilience refers to the interaction of multiple factors, and how it fits with the solution focused approach. Application of the model during times of crisis and ongoing trauma will be considered and participants are invited to apply the research to practice using examples and case studies. Reports of the pathways to maintaining life, recovery, and growth in the face of traumatic life experiences have been varied, however the use of the model points to a systematic process of connecting with others in meaningful ways.

Session W1
Friday, 9.40-10:00

Lyn Worsley is a clinical psychologist and director of The Resilience Centre in Sydney Australia. She has lectured, published and researched in the area of Resilience for over 15 years, presenting the Resilience Doughnut model at international conferences and educational forums, consulting with research teams, and facilitating programs in educational settings across Australia, NZ, UK and Canada. She quotes from the International Resilience Project 

“Fewer than half of adults caring for children and adolescents actually promote resilience in them. Many try their best in helping them develop resilience but only some make a difference.” (Grotberg 1994)

Inspired by this quote Lyn’s research has focused on contextual wellbeing, engaging adults to be invested in building resilience and wellbeing in their communities. In 2018, a cluster of UK schools trained in the model, recorded a 50% drop in referrals to the mental health services. More importantly the schools engaged in the programs reported higher participation of parents and community members in the school and an increase in the social, emotional, and personal competence of their students. 

Lyn notes “If reducing mental illness is the focus of our programs, we will not build skills for life, however by increasing resilience we connect strong relationships where skills for life are learnt and practiced.” 

Application of evidence-based resilience programs in schools underpins good positive education, where children and communities are encouraged to connect and support during times of stress.  This is the same as programs implemented during times of crisis, with front line and support workers. The focus on connecting with the strongest and most helpful relationships and enhancing a sense of purpose and meaning during crisis.

Adrian Drdzeń, Aleksander Mańka

Adrian Drdzeń,
dr Aleksander Mańka

The methodological concept of the Land of Fireflies is an original method of psychoprophylaxis of child and family development, which the The Power of Support Association has been implementing locally for 15 years. The main inspiration for the authors were the key elements of Ericksonian therapy, systemic understanding of the family and the theory of attachment. By integrating the main intentions of these concepts into a uniform strategy of psychoprophylactic interactions, the authors focused primarily on modeling and strengthening protective factors and resources for the child’s psychosocial development in the family and its immediate environment. After many years of experience and constant evaluation, an effective method has been formed, which works well both as an autonomous action implemented in the local environment and as an element integrated with the standard educational and upbringing processes of schools and kindergartens. The intention of the Land of Fireflies method is to generate an alternative space in the child’s creative imagination, which will allow the child to safely explore and experience its own protective resources. Using metaphorical interpretations of the surrounding reality, phenomena and characters, we allow the child to move independently in the fantasy environment and learn about the power of its own protective skills. Using metaphorical parables, fairy tales and simulations, we maintain contact with the child’s creative imagination. The trance dialogue maintained with the child allows for a positive experience in which the child can not only understand the meaning and value of its natural resources, but also can experiment with them in the alternative space of imagination.

Session W2
Friday, 10:00-10:20

Adrian Drdzeń, psychologist, interpersonal skills trainer recommended by the Polish Psychological Association. Violence prevention and social work certified supervisor. Solution-focused practitioner, Ambassador of the Kids’ Skills method in Poland. Therapistat the Children’s Aid Center. Recognition of child abuse cases and intervention trainer. Co-author of the innovative preventive methodology: „The Land of Fireflies”.  

Aleksander Mańka Ph.D. therapist, family supervision expert, systemic prevention specialist, trainer, academic assistant professor.He is the author of the concept of systemic prevention and the methodology of family supervision, which are his main strategy. 

Anastazja Pawlikowska

Anastasiya Padlikowska

During my workshops, I will share with conference members the most significant conclusions from my experience of working with people forced to migrate. I will tell about the activities of the Polish Migration Forum Foundation for people with refugee experience. About how diverse they are, and how difficult it is to create one universal prototype of a refugee. How do the psychological and social effects of refugees relate to the needs and goals of our clients? How does the particular sensitivity, especially of refugee women and children, coexist with their vast resources and potential? And how to support these resources despite the ongoing crisis, lack of stability, and predictability? I will also dwell on the topic of how therapeutic practice, following the client, using their language, and consciously applying the not-knowing stance are conducive to the development of intercultural competencies.

Session W3
Friday, 10:20-10:40

Intercultural psychologist with own migration experience (I am Belarusian, and I have lived in Poland since 2004). I have been interested in the subject of refugees for a long time: during my studies as part of my internship I participated in the monitoring of refugee centers in Poland; in 2010 I defended my master’s thesis at the Jagiellonian University entitled: ‘The human factor’: cultural and psychological determinants of barriers between staff and residents of refugee centers in Poland’;. In 2013-2014, I was involved in projects for migrants in Poland conducted by the Foundation for Social Diversity. I coordinated Migrant Support Center and I conducted individual consultations, cultural adaptation workshops, and integration meetings. Later, in 2017-2018, I worked with foreign students at Collegium Civitas.
In 2022, I completed the 1st and 2nd degrees of training in Solution Focused Therapy, currently, I am a scholarship holder of the Trauma Research Foundation.
I have been working at the Polish Migration Forum since March 2022, in the first months I worked as a crisis intervention at reception points for people coming from Ukraine because of the war. I am currently conducting psychological consultations for adults in Russian, English, and Polish.

EBTA

dr Andreea Żak,
Janusz Nowacki,
dr Monika Modrzejewska-Świgulska

 

The current qualitative study aimed to examine the language used by a client (male, aged 30) undergoing solution-focused (SF) therapy to find answers to two main questions: (1) When does the client use SF language during the therapeutic process in a spontaneous vs. “inspired” way?, and (2) What happens in the therapeutic process before the client’s use of SF language? The video recordings of three consecutive sessions were examined. The study received positive opinion from the PTPSR Ethical Committee for Research. Thematic analysis of the transcripts indicated four SF categories in the client’s language: Change, Context, Aim, and Resources. The examination of the therapeutic process using microanalysis elements revealed that the client made reference to all these categories both in a spontaneous and “inspired” way. The therapist acted as an initiator or facilitator. Based on these findings three roles were proposed for the therapist with corresponding roles of the client. During the presentation the practical implications of these results for therapeutic practice will be discussed.

Session W4
Friday, 10:40-11:00

dr Andreea Żak – psychologist, certified psychotherapist specialised in solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), member of EBTA Research Task Group and International Cooperation Task Group, vice-president of the Polish Association for Solution Focused Psychotherapy (PTPSR) during 2020-2023, head of the PTPSR Research Task Group and Editorial Team. Conducts individual and couple psychotherapy in her private practice “Differently” in Wadowice, Poland. Author or co-author of scientific articles published in national and international journals.

mgr Janusz Nowacki – psychologist, practitioner of Solution Focused Brief Therapy SFBT, student of the Study of Professional Psychotherapy – comprehensive psychotherapeutic training at the Center for Short-term Therapy CTK, Łódź. A graduate of postgraduate studies in clinical psychology at the Medical University of Gdańsk. Member of the Polish Association of Solution Focused Psychotherapy (PTPSR), European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA), co-founder of the PTPSR Pomeranian Branch. Works with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples in his private practice in Gdańsk, Poland (www.nowacki-terapia.pl).

dr Monika Modrzejewska-Świgulska – pedagogue, assistant professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Łódź, coach, psychotherapist during the certification process. Her scientific interests focuses among others on the professional work of women. Conducts qualitative research among Polish directors and visual artists. Cooperates with cultural institutions. She is the author of the book: "Everyday creativity in educator’s narration" and co-author of the book: "Towards self-realization. Women's life re-decisions". Privately, she wanders, practices yoga, rides a bicycle, in her free time she paints pocket watercolors and dances.

Session A - Friday, 11.30-13.00

anna marie wulff

Anne-Marie Wulf

This is a workshop for you who wants to explore the benefits of solution-focused supervision in a team context, and how it can contribute to building resilience. In a mix of exercises with the opportunity to “do it yourself” and sharing my experiences of team supervision with Ukrainian therapists, we will find, amplify and magnify the elements of solution-focused supervision that create resilience. 

Session A1
Friday, 11.30-13.00

Anne-Marie Wulf is a Solution-Focused practitioner, trainer and supervisor, who came across SF in the late 90s as a social worker. She’s a Family therapist, has a Masterdegree in educational development, lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She’s founder of the Danish Solution Focused Institute, offering a 3-year training program. In addition, she is a board member of EBTA and IASTI and future author.

sadecka sabita

Sabina Sadecka

Connecting with the body is contact with our emotions, our energy, our memories, our desires and values. The body is the best guide through our lives, which illuminates us – sometimes expressively and uncompromisingly, and sometimes more subtly – in which direction we should go in life, and in which completely not.

During the workshop “Embodied Resilience”, we will learn how to find our resources and build our resilience through body-centered therapeutic interventions. We will see and practice how body awareness, interoception, perception, movement and breath can help us and our clients ground, center, to become flexible and existentially flourish.

In our workshop work, we will use approaches based on interpersonal neurobiology, i.e. trends that integrate modern knowledge about the nervous system with more traditional approaches to therapeutic and counseling work. We will learn the basics of stabilizing (building a sense of security) and becoming more flexible in psychologically difficult situations through our body and dialogue (not a monologue) with it.

Session A2
Friday, 11.30-13.00

Trauma therapy teacher, psychotherapist. She creates the podcast “Nice about trauma”, and writes about trauma for psychological magazines, her webinars for professionals and more can be found on the bloomin.tv platform. She teaches students of SWPS in Poznań. She works in a mental health clinic for people with trauma in Poznań. Co-founder of the psychological knowledge portal opsychologii.pl and the blog sabinasadecka.pl

elizabeth r taylor

Elizabeth R. Taylor

The presenter will provide an overview of how using the solution-focused approach can be helpful when using Sandtray with children and adults to help them process challenges and become more resilient. The presenter will also discuss different types of Sandtray and miniatures that would be useful with different populations and possible ways to glean information about what clients say through their Sandtray. Audience participation will be encouraged through discussion and participation in a simulated Sandtray using pictures for miniatures.

Learning Objectives:

    1.   Participants will gain an understanding of using Sandtray from through the lens of SFT.
    2.   Participants will recognize opportunities to create goals and explore strengths using SF sandtray.
    3.   Participants will practice SF sandtray using their own and others’ simulated sandtrays using directive and nondirective approaches.
    4.  Participants will describe different ways to create a sandtray and materials that might be used instead of sand.

Session A3, Friday, 11.30-13.00
Session D7, Saturday, 11.30-13.00

Elizabeth Taylor, Ph.D., is a Professor in the College of Education at Texas Christian University,
where she is the Coordinator for Practicum and Internship Experiences for the counseling
program. She writes, researches, and presents at local, state, national, and international
conferences on various areas of strengths-based approaches, including solution-focused therapy,
solution-focused play therapy, resiliency, and solution-focused groups. In 2019, she published
the book Solution-Focused Therapy with Children and Adolescents: Creative and Play-Based
Approaches. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor, a Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist, an approved family mediator, a certified school counselor, and a Registered
Play Therapist-Supervisor.

Ewa Majchrowska, Anna Cierpka

Ewa Majchrowska,
Anna Cierpka

The goal of the workshop is to show the importance of resilience in the family system. Systemic theories of the family provided the theoretical basis for dealing with the family as a whole. This understanding of the family made it possible to talk about relational resilience, which builds comfort in the functioning of the family. Participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to:- understand why it is important to build resilience in the family system- learn about ways to develop and strengthen resilience in the family- recognize traces of resilience in the ways of their own family- have an interesting discussion 🙂

Session A4
Friday, 11.30-13.00

leos zatloukal

Leoš Zatloukal

During the workshop, we will focus on selected resilience-enhancing SFBT methods – maintaining, coping, learning and observing (or “mindfulness“). Attention will be paid to when each method is appropriate, how to use them in solution-focused conversations, and how they can build on each other. The workshop will include practical exercises for participants.

Session A5
Friday, 11.30-13.00

Leoš Zatloukal, Ph.D. work as solution-focused therapist, coach, supervisor, and trainer in Dalet institute (www.dalet.cz) and as a researcher and lecturer in Palacký University Olomouc (Czech republic). He wrote several books for Czech leading professional publisher in the field Portál, including the book on working with children and adolescents, book on using meditation techniques in solution-focused therapy and the book on solution-focused coaching. He also wrote two chapters in the Routledge book “Solution-Focused Practice Around the World”, and some articles about solutuon-focused therapy for international professional journals (Contemporary family therapy, Journal of constructivist psychology, Australiand and New Zealand journal of family therapy). In his practice he is interested in linking solution-focused therapy with experiential methods (meditation, ericksonian hypnotherapy etc.), his research interests are focused on discourse and conversational analyses of solution-focused therapy sessions.

Majewscy

Agnieszka
Turska-Majewska,
Tomasz Majewski

Working on resources is one of the basic elements of Solution Focuced Therapy. By eliciting and fostering strenghts, we help our clients develop their mental resilience. It happens, however, that what we diagnose as the client’s potential has its “dark” side and in practice contributes to building problems in his life (instead of solutions). During the workshop we will talk and practice situations when complimenting a client becomes a trap. We will also learn how “context” changes the perspective of looking at what “really” is a resource. And it’s all based on examples of “resourceful”, “responsible”, “strong”, “resilient” or “durable” clients. … and the cherry on top … we will see how our clients’ “deficits” reveal their strength, superpowers … and mental resilience.

Session A6
Friday, 11.30-13.00

Agnieszka Turska-Majewska – psychologist, certified therapist and SFT trainer (PSTTSR).  In her work she uses the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model. Certified 1st degree trainer of the Polish Psychological Association (PTP), mediator. She works in the area of: life crises, depression, violence, anxiety, support in interpersonal communication and mediation of personal and professional conflicts. Founder of the INTEGRI TSR training and therapeutic center.

Tomasz Majewski – psychologist, certified therapist and SFT trainer (PSTTSR). He deals with therapy and psychological help for people experiencing various types of life crises (depression, fears, addiction, family problems, interpersonal violence, traumatic events, professional problems). Certified anti-violence specialist (PARPA). He has been working for business for 15 years, where he is involved in building an organizational culture based on the NVC model and Solutions Focused Approach (SFA).
He co-runs the INTEGRI TSR training and therapeutic center.

Barbara Pelkmann - Nadine Lyamouri-Bajja

Barbara Pelkmann,
Nadine Lyamouri-Bajja

In this workshop you will experience the solution focused systemic structural constellation approach, both through a theoretical introduction and a group exercise. You will learn how we use the miracle question with SySt® in individual work and with groups. This will give you concrete ideas of how to support clients in strengthening resources and resilience. 

Session A7, Friday, 11.30-13.00
Session C3, Friday, 16.00-17.30

Nadine and Barbara are both psychologists, psychotherapists, family therapists, trainers, supervisors, coaches and of course SF practitioners. They have run IICoS, the intercultural institute of systemic competences together in the East of France for the last 10 years. They work with adults, couples, adolescents and children in their practice and teach and train what they like best: solution focused, systemic and psychotrauma approaches in many diverse and intercultural contexts, and languages. Most of the time in wonderful combinations. Their first book on solution focused systemic approach will soon be released in French.

Session B - Friday, 14.00-15.30

lyn worsley

Lyn Worsley

This practical workshop will see how using the Resilience Doughnut model may be useful in taking a history, engaging resource strengths in therapy, and aid recovery and repair for both those in crisis and their carers. 

Using a case study and role plays, participants will experiment with using the model to inform their approach. 

Our best hopes for participants in this workshop. 

    •     Understanding the practical model and its application so far.
    •     Exploring the use of the model in their own circumstances.
    •     Permission to be creative in using the model as part of their everyday ordinary lives.
    • To apply the model to those who are experiencing difficulties.

Session B1
Friday, 14.00-15.30

Lyn Worsley is a clinical psychologist and director of The Resilience Centre in Sydney Australia. She has lectured, published and researched in the area of Resilience for over 15 years, presenting the Resilience Doughnut model at international conferences and educational forums, consulting with research teams, and facilitating programs in educational settings across Australia, NZ, UK and Canada. She quotes from the International Resilience Project 

“Fewer than half of adults caring for children and adolescents actually promote resilience in them. Many try their best in helping them develop resilience but only some make a difference.” (Grotberg 1994)

Inspired by this quote Lyn’s research has focused on contextual wellbeing, engaging adults to be invested in building resilience and wellbeing in their communities. In 2018, a cluster of UK schools trained in the model, recorded a 50% drop in referrals to the mental health services. More importantly the schools engaged in the programs reported higher participation of parents and community members in the school and an increase in the social, emotional, and personal competence of their students. 

Lyn notes “If reducing mental illness is the focus of our programs, we will not build skills for life, however by increasing resilience we connect strong relationships where skills for life are learnt and practiced.” 

Application of evidence-based resilience programs in schools underpins good positive education, where children and communities are encouraged to connect and support during times of stress.  This is the same as programs implemented during times of crisis, with front line and support workers. The focus on connecting with the strongest and most helpful relationships and enhancing a sense of purpose and meaning during crisis.

Projekt bez nazwy (1)

Marta Piegat-Kaczmarczyk

During the workshop, I will share the most important conclusions from over 20 years of work with children and youth with refugee experience. Together we will look at the usefulness of a solution-focused approach in working with this group. Participants will also have the opportunity to test my authoring tool supporting young people in discovering resources and formulating development goals. And also check how they can be modified and used in various, specific contexts, e.g. work after traumatic experiences, work with an ongoing crisis or recovery period.

Resource and goal cards will be made available to participants of the conference in a multilingual version, for self-printing.

Session B2, Friday, 14.00-15.30 / EN
Session E7, Saturday, 14.00-15.30 / PL

I am an intercultural psychologist, certified Solution Focused Therapy therapist, Ambassador of the Kids Skills method, and currently a scholarship holder of the Trauma Research Foundation. I have been working with children and families with refugee experience since my mission to Kosovo in 2000. I have been working in the Polish Migration Forum Foundation for 15 years. I conduct therapy for children and adolescents after experiencing refugee, trauma, violence, or discrimination, I support migrants and refugees in perinatal crises, and I run support groups and workshops for parents. I support the work of a team of psychologists dealing with the diagnosis of children staying in guarded centers for foreigners. I am happy to share my knowledge and experience during trainings, and webinars, I also conduct classes in postgraduate studies at the University of Warsaw. I am a co-author of numerous publications in the field of psychology and intercultural education, including The Other in the Polish School, the School of Intercultural Integration, The Whole World in Our Classroom, Multiculturalism in perinatal care, and Standards for diagnosing refugee children. I work in Polish, English, and Russian, with translations into Dari, Arabic, Sorani, and others.

Tomasz Świtek i

Geert Lefevere, Tomasz Świtek

In this workshop we focus on resilience of the counselors trying to consider some aspects of our activity.
While cooperating with clients, what are we experiencing as quite challenging for our wellbeing as counselors?
How do we find the proper path facing the diversity of clients styles of cooperation?
How do we experience flexibility in our practice – based on protocols and structures, or maybe based on uncertainty?
How do we interact with clients and how do we use our approach to build and enhance resilience facing the challenges of our work?

We invite you to share our anf your thoughts, experiences and more to make this workshop a somehow valuable experience for our professional future.

Geert & Tomasz

Session B3
Friday, 14.00-15.30

Geert Lefevere (1963) is a psychologist and Solution Focused Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with over more than 30 years of experience in mental health services. His focus has been on chronic situations, mood disorders and unexplained physical complaints. He is staff member of the Korzybski Institute, a trainings institute in Solution Focused Therapy for over 30 years, founded by Luc Isebaert. He co-developed the Bruges Model, focusing on the Theory of Habits, the creation of choice possibilities and the clinical implications of the therapeutic relationship. He engages in the international Solution Focused Community as treasurer of the EBTA and secretary of the IASTI. www.korzybski.be

Tomasz Switek (…) – solution focused practitioner – psychotherapist, coach, trainer, supervisor, based in Poland. He’s been practicisng solution focused approach for 22 years now in the field of education, business, therapy, social work and more…Tomasz has created sf model known as situations focused open model. Privately being married, father of 5 children, passionate about sport activities – cycling, squash, basketball, as well as spending good quality time during everyday life. EBTA’s and IASTI’s boards member. You can know more by visiting his website: www.centrumpsr.eu “Observe, think, co-create meanings…”(t.s.)

artur

Artur Lewiński,
Jacek Szczepkowski, Katarzyna
Szafrańska-Lejman,
Joanna Roch

Therapeutic game “The Land of Power” originally designed for teenagers (although not only for them) is based on the assumptions of postmodern approaches: Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. The workshop will be a journey and an opportunity to reflect on a personal set of resources that help deal with difficult situations from the present and the past. During this journey, as part of internal searches and conversations with fellow travelers, workshop participants will be able to experience how to use their own resources in accordance with the vision of the preferred future that is not subject to the problem.

Session B4
Friday, 14.00-15.30

Artur Lewiński – Solution-Focused therapist, trainer and supervisor (PSTTSR), head of the Short-Term Addiction Therapy Center in Toruń, Poland for people using psychoactive substances (Oddział Krótkoterminowej Terapii Uzależnień Wojewódzkiego Ośrodka Terapii Uzależnień i Współuzależnienia w Toruniu). One of the founders of the Solutions’ Center, currently the President of Polish Association of Solution-Focused Therapists (PSTTSR).
Katarzyna Szafrańska-Lejman – psychologist, certified addiction psychotherapy specialist, SF therapist (PSTTSR), member of Solutions’ Center team. For over twenty years she has been dealing with the therapy of people addicted to various psychoactive substances. Currently, conducts individual, group and family therapy at the Short-Term Addiction Therapy Center in Toruń. Trainer at the Solutions’ Center, involved in various projects promoting the Solution Focused Approach.
dr hab. Jacek Szczepkowski, prof. UKW – Solution Focused therapist, trainer and supervisor (PSTTSR), head of the Department of Social Rehabilitation Pedagogy UKW in Bydgoszcz, founder of the Solutions’ Center, author of numerous studies on the Solution Focused Approach and its application to various areas of practice.
Joanna Roch – certified addiction psychotherapy specialist, Special educator, Solution-Focused therapist (PSTTSR), member of the for Solutions’ Center team. Currently, during training in clinical psychotherapy of children and adolescents and postgraduate training in the field of suicidology. She has professional experience working with youth and adults individual and group therapy, family meetings and psychoeducational groups. She cooperates with the COLLIGO Center for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and the WSB Merito University in Toruń.

haesun moon -

Haesun Moon

This will be a highly interactive and reflective session. You will work with your own experiences of accumulating stories that make up your identity capital. Using simple prompts and exercises, you will discover, author, and share your preferred stories as part of crafting what was, what is, and what could be. You will be able to use simple and creative tools that you can implement in your next client interview.

Session B5
Friday, 14.00-15.30

Dr. Haesun Moon is a communication scientist, educator, and author of Coaching A to Z: The Extraordinary Use of Ordinary Words. Her Ph.D. research at the University of Toronto led to the developing of a simple coaching model, Dialogic Orientation Quadrant (or DOQ), as featured in the major coaching communities, including the Institute of Coaching (at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School), where she is currently serving as a faculty member. She also teaches at the University of Toronto and serves as Executive Director at the Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching. You can visit her work online at www.briefcoaching.ca and www.coachingatoz.com.

Olimpia Piłat-Pawlak

Olimpia Piłat-Pawlak

“Sensitivity to the suffering of oneself and/or other beings, with a simultaneous deep commitment to reduce and prevent this suffering.” This way of understanding compassion is also adopted by the British psychologist Paul Gilbert – the creator of the approach focused on compassion. It refers to three flows: compassion directed to ourselves, sympathy for others and receiving sympathy from others We build our own physiological, emotional, cognitive and behavioral response in relation to ourselves and others – it’s important to find gentle, kind and understanding ways to do this.
How to do it in practice? That’s what this workshop is about

Session B6
Friday, 14.00-15.30

Psychologist, sociologist, psychotherapist (in training), trainer, lecturer and social work supervisor. She runs her own psychotherapeutic practice, combining the Ericksonian approach with SFT and a compassionate approach. She specializes in the therapy of trauma and chronic crises related to experiencing domestic violence. She also conducts compassion training, interpersonal training and development programs. Member of the Polish Psychiatric Association, the Polish Association of Solution-Focused Therapists and the Polish Society for Supervision of Social Work.
As part of her work at the Regional Center for Social Policy in Poznań, she deals with the development of competences of people professionally involved in supporting others.
A lover of cats, music and literature read in a comfortable armchair.

Wolfgang Zeyringer

Wolfgang Zeyringer


In this workshop we will share methods and approaches that are useful for strengthening resilience in a solution-focused way. I will introduce some tools that you can use as well for the work with young people as for yourself as professional, e.g. “live event timeline”, “resources team” or “solution in all senses” (thanks to Therese Steiner). They are based on the seven impact factors of the resilience concept, for example optimism, self-efficacy or solution-focus.
I wonder which good experiences and successful stories you have for strengthening young people´s resilience. Let´s connect our brains and also our bodies together so that we can share our knowledge.

Session B7,  Friday, 14.00-15.30
Session F3,  Saturday, 16.00-17.30


I´m a Solution-Focused trainer, coach and supervisor working within the fields of youth work, drug prevention and public health. I started with SF 20 years ago and I´m glad to say that I´m still discovering new aspects of the SF approach that are working in practice. Being member of the Austrian Solution Circle (ASC) I live in the southern part of Austria (Graz).

Session C - Friday, 16.00-17.30

marie i myriam

Marie Cabie,
Myriam Le Fevere de Ten Hove

 

When the Korzybski-staff followed the mastercourse Ericksonian Hypnosis in 1996-97, with M. Ericksons famous pupils Zeig, Gillighan, Rossi, Smith, Dolan, Johnson…we didn’t realise how tributary we are to Erickson in our SF-approach. There we learned the tools that make SF so effective.
One of those tools is visualisation, a powerfull inductor of hypnosis…already well known in the sportsworld, the power of a wished self fulfilling prophecy.
The similarities between Ericksonian hypnosis and SFT are numerous. Hypnosis has the advantage of facilitating work with the non-dominant brain, it is not necessary to resort to a formal trance. Conversational hypnosis is most often sufficient.
During our workshop, we will present the common points between hypnosis and SFT, the way in which both strengthen the resilience of people by allowing them to project themselves into the future, to have choices, to increase their self-confidence and their efficiency by connecting to their resources or by discovering new ones.

Session C1
Friday, 16.00-17.30

Marie Cabie,
Psychotherapist, Hospital Psychiatrist, renowned trainer, Head of the Psychiatry Unit Paris 11, Les Hôpitaux de Saint Maurice, Member of the editorial committee of the Revue Thérapie Familiale, Director of the Relation collection at Erès (Toulouse), President of Korzybski France, Treasurer of the FFP (Fédération Française de Psychiatrie), author of ” Pour une thérapie brève ” with Luc Isebaert Erès, ” Adolescence crise familiale ” with Carole Gammer Erès.

Myriam Le Fevere de Ten Hove
Trainer in systemic family therapy and brief systemic therapy.
President of EBTA (European Brief Therapy Association)
Director of the Relation Collection at Erès (Toulouse)
Member of the editorial board of the Revue Thérapie Familiale (Ed Médecine & Hygiène, Geneva)

iza

Izabela Warchoł

 

A workshop on the search for meaning for clients – experts in Discovering and Hiding what is inside them and their frames of reference. 
We will focus on the SFB therapist’s role in the formation/emergence of gender identity, with the client on the verge of several crises  (identity, existential, relational). We will use the metaphor of the “shadow” in working with the client, inviting him/her on a journey through the SFBT world of resources, needs, hopes, preferred future and exceptions.

Session C2
Friday, 16.00-17.30

Izabella Warchoł is a certified therapist, trainer and PSTTSR (Polish Association of Solution-Focused Therapists) supervisor. She works at the SFBT Center as a trainer and supervisor and at SFBT Studio as a therapist, mainly with teenagers and their families. She has been walking the SFBT path for over 20 years, constantly amazed by the simplicity in the intricacies and the intricacies in the simplicity of clinical practice.

Barbara Pelkmann - Nadine Lyamouri-Bajja

Barbara Pelkmann,
Nadine Lyamouri-Bajja

In this workshop you will experience the solution focused systemic structural constellation approach, both through a theoretical introduction and a group exercise. You will learn how we use the miracle question with SySt® in individual work and with groups. This will give you concrete ideas of how to support clients in strengthening resources and resilience. 

Session A7, Friday, 11.30-13.00
Session C3, Friday, 16.00-17.30

Nadine and Barbara are both psychologists, psychotherapists, family therapists, trainers, supervisors, coaches and of course SF practitioners. They have run IICoS, the intercultural institute of systemic competences together in the East of France for the last 10 years. They work with adults, couples, adolescents and children in their practice and teach and train what they like best: solution focused, systemic and psychotrauma approaches in many diverse and intercultural contexts, and languages. Most of the time in wonderful combinations. Their first book on solution focused systemic approach will soon be released in French.

Joanna Kapuścińska

Joanna Kapuścińska

Suppose we can relate resilience to taking care of oneself and one’s “well-being”. How will developing resilience, or psycho-physical fitness in a therapist translate into useful practice? Therapists, like all people, face challenges in life, and because we use our resources in our therapeutic work, resilience, conceived as a skill, can have important implications for professional functioning. What is my resilience currently? What would I like my preferred future to look like in this area? How can a therapist develop their resilience to build/create resources that are useful to both themselves and the clients? What facilitates access to them? What steps do I want to take to develop or maintain a state of resilience and access to my resources? I invite you to explore together.

Session C4
Friday, 16.00-17.30

Psychologist, certified therapist, trainer and supervisor – trainee in PSTTSR, recommended trainer of interpersonal training and psychosocial skills workshop, licensed PTP supervisor, certified coach. A graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and SWPS in Wrocław. She has broad professional experience: work in the Paediatric Clinic, Psychological and Pedagogical Clinic, educational activities undertaken for many universities. She cooperates with “Metrum” Szkolenia Coaching Doradztwo in Katowice, the Silesian SF Center (Śląski Ośrodek PSR-u, Centrum PSR) and IPRI Cracow, conducting numerous trainings, interpersonal and development workshops. She runs the “Bliżej Siebie” psychological practice, works with adults and youth. She conducts consultations, individual therapy, educational support, coaching, individual and group supervision. Therapeutic experience includes various life difficulties, crisis or traumatic situations, emotional and mental difficulties. Throughout her professional career, she is in regular training and supervision. She is passionate about traveling and good music.

Peter Sundman

Peter Sundman

Introduction: The art of solution-focused practice is to support customers, clients, trainees and the like to make the changes they hope for in difficult situations. – Does our own experiences, like resilience, have any relevance in this?  Not really, as we should focus on those we are working with. – Well, isn’t it clear that we cannot keep up the hope in others, without the hope from our own resilience? – No, on the contrary,
thinking on things like that only creates a muddle, the experts say. Ok, but maybe the posture from one’s own resilience still adds credibility to the practice?  Objective:So, let us figure out if there is any way one’s own resilience could be useful in SF practice? We will generate and discuss some ideas, experiment with them, and make conclusions out of that. Audience: Knowledge of the basic solution-focused principles is useful for attending.

Session C5
Friday, 16.00-17.30

Peter has more than 35 years of experience of solution-focused practice mainly within social- and health care as family therapist, clinical supervisor, psychotherapist, coach and trainer in Finland and internationally. He was trained by the founders och brief- and solution-focused therapy and is keen on developing and applying SF further.

Patrycja Frania, Kasia Panejko-Wanat

Patrycja Frania,
Katarzyna Panejko-Wanat

Diversity is really a term for everybody and every one of us and, in our opinion, it fits very well into the climate of SFA’s work. And we mean different shades of diversity, that is, all the characteristics that make us unique and extraordinary, e.g. gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, level of physical and intellectual capacity, education, way of contact with the world, etc. Instead of a black-and-white point of view, we want to see these features as a spectrum that contains all the colours of the rainbow and more. It has a lot in common with the term resilience because this term also seems to be fashionable lately, it also applies to each and every one of us. And just as each of us has our own individual diverse development path, so each of us has our own individual resilience pattern. We want to see both diversity and resilience as dynamic quantities, variable in time. We want to look for Influence factors. We want to divide into working teams working on different aspects and meet to connect the mapped pieces. Our workshop will be about searching for what builds our mental resilience and the resilience of our clients. It will be about the search for balance based on a model taken from a different therapeutic approach, although in our opinion very fitting into the SFA approach. We invite you on an adventure with the diversity of each of us, resilience of each of us and looking for our own model of balance.

Session C6
Friday, 16.00-17.30

Heather Fiske

Heather Fiske

Ten interatywny warsztat opiera się na spostrzeżeniu Yvonne Dolan, która uważa, iż “niektóre sposoby pracy bardziej sprzyjają nadziei niż inne”. Wykorzystamy w nim takie narzędzia jak ćwiczenia i konwersacja, dzięki którym zbadamy w jaki sposób nastawienie, nawyki i umiejętności TSR pozwalają chronic, łagodzić i leczyć szkody wyrządzone umysłowi, ciału i duchowi, mogące pojawić się jako konsewkencje udzielanej przez nas pomocy. Założenie to stoi niemal w całkowitej sprzeczności z zasadą “równowagi między pracą a życiem prywatnym”, a bardziej przypomina japońską sztukę naprawiania ceramiki przy użyciu złota – kitsugi.

Session C7, Friday, 16.00-17.30
Session E1, Saturday, 14.00-15.30

Heather Fiske is an enthusiastic and experienced solution-focused practitioner, trainer, and supervisor. She is one of the founders of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association and author of Hope in Action: Solution-Focused Conversations about Suicide as well as articles about solution-focused practice, suicide, and trauma. Heather 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 east coast of Canada near Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Lecture - Saturday

Heather Fiske

dr. Heather Fiske

This brief lecture is an invitation to reflect on some of the ways in which solution-focused conversations support the co-construction of hope. 

Session W5
Saturday, 9.10-9.30

Heather Fiske is an enthusiastic and experienced solution-focused practitioner, trainer, and supervisor. She is one of the founders of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association and author of Hope in Action: Solution-Focused Conversations about Suicide as well as articles about solution-focused practice, suicide, and trauma. Heather 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 east coast of Canada near Halifax, Nova Scotia.

ofra

dr. Ofra Ayalon

Are we ready to dare touch our inner survival pain, work through fear, anger, guilt or shame and transform the pain into a healing energy of inner peace, wisdom, and growth, both for ourselves as therapists and for our clients?
You are invited to use COPE therapeutic cards as a “magic wand” to make this amazing step into emotional freedom. With the help of the metaphoric COPE CARDS, we get in touch with the “wounded healer” locked within us. The cards enable us to touch old scars, hurtful memories, unresolved painful or traumatic events, and buried secrets of victimization. We can dare to release our grief, the pent-up rage, the shame and the fear, triggered by our encounters with our traumatized clients. This process invites us to experience a transformation: to discover and locate our hidden coping resources, which are reflected in the metaphoric images, and bring them out into the open. The metaphoric work generates
healing elements. The pain is not denied nor does it vanish. Through our unique process, we find a way to contain it within a healing envelope. The purpose of setting out on this journey of healing is to be empowered, to have choices in life and to become a victor, both for ourselves and for our clients

Session W6
Saturday, 9.30-9.50

Dr. Ofra Ayalon is an Israeli psychologist, Family and Couple Therapist, and international Trauma expert. She has developed a unique therapeutic system for working with metaphorical cards to help people cope with traumatic life situations. Dr. Ayalon draws on her rich work experience in dealing with violence, bereavement, and victimization of natural disasters, wars, and terrorism. She integrates unique therapy skills to produce a holistic program for coping with and healing the adverse consequences of stress and trauma. For more than three decades she served as a senior lecturer at Haifa University in Israel, delivered lectures and master classes, and conducted Trauma Coping and Healing courses and workshops around the world, in such countries as Egypt, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Check Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Hungary, Bulgaria, Holland, England, U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zeeland, and South Africa, and she left her mark everywhere.

adam zamelka

dr. Adam Zemełka

If resilience – as defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) – is the ability to adapt to adverse circumstances and the natural return to balance after difficult experiences, then it becomes, in fact, the main goal of all therapeutic and developmental interventions. Although this term sounds mysterious, as if removed from specialized jargon, it refers to the abilities of the human body that have a biological, tangible basis, identifiable through empirical research. The main aim of the presentation is to show the neurobiological correlates of resilience and its manifestations in the light of the most up-to-date knowledge provided by modern neurosciences. The second important goal of the presentation is to indicate activities that can stimulate the development of individual resilience. The third crucial purpose of the speech concerns the connection of interactions that stimulate resilience with the methodology of solution-focused therapy.

Session W7
Saturday, 9.50-10:10

Dr. Adam Zemełka – Ph.D. in psychology and Ph.D. in health sciences. Academic lecturer and education manager with over 10 years of experience. Researcher and promoter of neuroscience in the contexts of therapy, education and management. Author of psychological articles and books, the last of which entitled “Self-therapy. One Hundred Days to a Happy Life” (Sensus Pub., Gliwice 2023) is a self-help guide based on Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and Rational-Emotive-Behavior Therapy (REBT) by Albert Ellis. A therapist working in a trend integrating Ericksonian therapy, SFT and REBT. Author of the blog: www.adamzemelka.pl. Member of the Polish Association of Solution-Focused Therapists (PSTTSR).

dr Jaseem Koorankot

dr. Jaseem Koorankot

This research aims to investigate the effects of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) on neuropsychological functions in clients with Depressive Disorder. The study explores how SFBT can potentially bring about positive changes in cognitive functioning. Cognitive deficits, particularly in executive functioning, are often observed in individuals with depression. The prefrontal cortex, which plays a crucial role in executive functions, has been associated with structural and functional abnormalities in depressive disorders. The main objective of the research was to study the effect of SFBT in enhancing attention, processing speed, cognitive flexibility, and working memory in clients with depressive disorder and to study the effect in enhancing hope, happiness, and positive affect. Standardised tools were used to measure the above mentioned cognitive and psychological components. With a sample size of 30, a pre-post experimental (with control group) design was used in the study. The findings suggested SFBT could be considered as a promising treatment that could generate enduring cognitive and psychological changes among individuals suffering from depression.

Session W8
Saturday, 10:10-10:30

Dr. Jaseem Koorankot is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Solution Focused Therapist who works as Health and Wellness Specialist at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Doha, Qatar. Before joining HMC, he worked as an associate professor & head of the clinical psychology department at the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS), Calicut, India. Dr. Jaseem has authored many scientific articles on Solution- Focused Practice and has delivered research papers and plenary at annual conferences of the European Brief Therapy Association, the Australian Association for SFBT, Solution- Focused World Conferences and many other scientific events. He received research grants from the European Brief Therapy Association in 2016 and 2018 and a research grant from the Cognitive Science Research Initiative – DST and the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) for works in SFBT. His research interests include brief psychotherapy, focused solution approach, therapeutic language, affective neuroscience, psychotherapy outcome & process research, discourse analysis in psychotherapy, school mental health and psychometric test development and employee wellbeing. Dr. Jaseem founded the Association of Solution-Focused Practices – India (ASFP-I).

Fundacja Ulica

Adrian Kowalski, Danuta Pajor, Natalia Soja, Agata Gemser-Wrębiak

Formally, Ambassadors of the imPossible took in their first steps in 2006. In 2011 they reached the highest school in the world (3440 m a.s.l.) in Namche Bazaar, some of them conquered a peak with a height of 5000 m a.s.l. The way of thinking about a child and its needs, perceived as “odd”, “strange” and “dangerous”, has been developing in the heart of the founder of the Foundation for Children’s Help, Adriana Kowalski for over 30 years of work.
Initially, the Foundation’s team did was not aware that they were using the SF philosophy at their work. Treating a child as an expert, looking for exceptions that help you take the first step, accompanying and accepting the child’s choices, speaking its language has always been inscribed in DNA of street work.
In this lecture, we want to share our ways to build preventive and development programs based on SF philosophy and present our youngest child, a project of Ambassadors of Peace that was developed in the experience of young people. Young people moved with what is happening in Ukraine, decided that they would no longer look at this in silence.
The POWER of the Ambassadors of Peace program, is based on an attempt to understand what is happening in us and in the world around us, considering the perspective of the young generation, as the ruling one. Openness to these views allowed young people to experience community and to arouse the desire to change reality.
We would like to share how tools created by the Ambassadors of the Peace, develop the resilience of children and youth.

Session W9
Saturday, 10:30-11:00

Adrian Kowalski – CEO of foundation Fundacja Pomocy Dzieciom Ulica, certified ambassador of KIDS’ SKILLS in Poland, street work pioneer with marginalized children, youth and their families in Silesia, certified trainer of the Polish Psychological Association of II degree, No. 473, specialist in the field of addiction prevention, therapist (in the process of certification) in SFBT, trainer conducting interpersonal communication and social skills trainings, member of the International ASHOKA organization – innovators for the public good. 

Natalia Soja – Strategic Director of Fundacja Pomocy Dzieciom Ulica. Practitioner of Kids’ Skills methods in Poland, therapist (in the process of certification) in SFBT, graduate of resocialization pedagogy with social prevention (UŚ) and postgraduate in the field of negotiations and mediation. She finished many courses and trainings: interdisciplinary study in the field of domestic violence prevention, streetworking – an innovative perspective of working with people at risk of social exclusion, motivational trainer for children and youth, mindfulness training, emotional regulation training, emotional education at work with young children.

Agata Gemser-Wrębiak   Director of Centrum Motywacyjno-Profilaktycznego, practitioner of Kids’ Skills in Poland, therapist (in the process of certification) in BSFT, a graduate of Polish philology (UJ), experienced trainer (Wszechnica UJ), certified ICF ACC coach, postgraduate in the field of social behavior psychology (UŚ), as well as project management (WSE in Krakow), finished the training for parents and educators (Szkoła rodziców i wychowawców) and numerous improvement trainings. A fifth -year student of psychology, specializing in clinical and personality (AH).

Danuta Pajor – expert for supervision and work with foster families of Fundacja Pomocy Dzieciom Ulica. Psychologist, sociologist, therapist (in the process of certification) ) in BSFT. One of the first certified supervisors of social work in Poland No. 14/2017. Family trainer, coach (certificate ICF Coach ACC 2015), lecturer. A family work expert, actively working for a transformational approach based on the reaching full potential, minimizing the factors that weakens the bond with the child, and creating a safe environment enabling children to develop their harmonious development.

Session D - Saturday, 11.30-13.00

Dragana Knezic Sandra Sipka

Dragana Knezic,
Sandra Sipka

 

In this workshop participants will be invited to explore how SF basic values and assumptions help us approach clients with the most difficult and painful life stories with confidence and empathic hopefulness. Refugees who survived most horrific events, inflicted upon them by other humans, often have a need to tell their story in gruesome detail, for the therapist to bear witness of the atrocities and injustice they suffered. In our work with this population, we have learned how empathic acknowledgment of the accounts of suffering while at the same time attentively listening, looking for and reflecting back exceptions, coping strategies and techniques, successes and “small acts of resistance”, transforms clients’ experience of themselves in their darkest times. Through case examples, interactive group activities and discussions, we will create a platform for you, the participants, to deepen and expand on the usefulness of reconnecting survivors with their exceptional strengths, courage and resourcefulness and how it helps strengthen their resilience in managing past trauma, stressful present and an uncertain future.

Session D1
Saturday, 11.30-13.00

Dragana Knezić is a psychologist and SF practitioner from Croatia. She has close to 25 years of professional experience, mostly in non-governmental organizations, working as a counsellor, program coordinator and human rights advocate. For 11 years she worked in an organization specialized in rehabilitation of torture survivors. She is known for her work with people on the move, persons living in poverty and in foster care. Currently she works in a private counselling practice and as an independent social policy researcher and expert.

Sandra Šipka is a psychologist, art therapist and SF practitioner from Croatia with over 25 years of professional experience, of which the last 10 in the non-governmental sector. She has designed and implemented numerous projects aimed at different groups of users at risk: torture survivors, foster families, persons with intellectual disabilities, elderly, etc. She also works as a trainer of communication skills, problem-solving skills, decision-making and self-efficacy.

Magdalena Szutarska

Magdalena Szutarska

 

I invite you on a journey using a metaphor and image. During the workshop, we will experience work around phenomena that are understood as difficult with the help of a metaphor as a tool strengthening the change. We will check how to use the image in situations where words fail, it is difficult to use them, they bring pain. The workshop presents the practical applications of the content introduced in the lecture of Ofra Ayalon, creator of COPE cards.

Session D2, Saturday, 11.30-13.00
Session F5, Saturday, 16.00-17.30

Magdalena Szutarska works in various roles and contexts – therapy, training, supervision. She supports children and adults who have experienced phenomena understood as a trauma. She popularizes BSFT in Poland, actively working for the development of the approach (through work for PSTTSR). In her work, she uses metaphorical cards and teaches the helpers how to work with this tool.

Katrin Berger, Tara Gretton

Katrin Berger,
Tara Gretton

Katrin and Tara founded the Solution Focused in Schools Global Network on May 3rd 2020. The Network brings together solution focused practitioners, school staff, students and people interested in SF in schools across the globe.  This is a space where Collective Resilience is built amongst a passionate community, through the sharing of stories of SF practice in schools. Through this sharing resilience is built throughout the community and it’s beautiful to hear and observe this resilience disseminate into global schools’ communities. Into the everyday lives of children, young people, school staff, families and the wider communities.  We invite you to be a part of this Collective Resilience in Schools. We would like to share our stories with you and we would like to hear your stories and your Best Hopes for SF in schools in your communities. So, we can spread this Collective Resilience further.

Session D3
Saturday, 11.30-13.00

Tara is the founder of Solution Revolution and co-founder of Breathing Solutions.  Tara fell in love with the SF approach in 2002. Tara is on a mission to share the magic solution focused approach with schools, children, young people and families. Tara works in schools across the South West of England as a solution focused practitioner and trainer.  Tara also feels passionately about young people’s voices being heard and loves to train young people in the solution focused approach. Tara also enjoys working with musicians, actors and breath workers where they bring the magic of SF and the arts together. 

Katrin Berger works as a school counsellor in Bremen, Germany. Her favourite tasks are WOWW-Coaching, Childrens Support Groups and SF Child protection work within schools. Beside this she is self-employed as “Lösungswerkstatt“, where she offers training and team building, conflict mediation and coaching. She is a passionate networker and loves to build bridges between people and to support cooperation.

 

Adrian Kondraciuk

Adrian Kondraciuk

In recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in interest in the potential of psychedelic substances. Many people turn to these substances in search of relief or respite from the mental health crises they are experiencing, often following traumatic events. As a result, more and more people are showing up in therapists’ offices in need of support in integrating difficult states and experiences triggered by their intake. In this workshop, I would like to share how the main tenets of Solution Focused Therapy make it an approach that can be useful in the process of integrating psychedelic experiences, thus allowing them to be used in building up change while relying on the client’s normativity.

Session D4
Saturday, 11.30-13.00

Adrian Kondraciuk – a specialist in addiction psychotherapy, therapist, trainer, supervisor- assistant of PSTTSR, constructivist therapist. Co-founder of the Ursynów Brief Therapy Center (pl. Ursynowskie Centrum Terapii Krótkoterminowej) in Warsaw where he conducts private practice. Also associated with the Addiction and Co-Addiction Therapy Clinic (pl. Poradnią Terapii Uzależnień i Współuzależnień ) in Warsaw’s Ochota. Trainer of the IntegriTSR training and therapeutic center. Member of PSTTSR, EBTA, WTTS, PTPsychedelic.

danuta jacon-chmielewska

Danuta Jacoń-Chmielecka

The experience of working with Olympic champions and  people who are dying  strongly proves   that mental attitude is an invaluable resource in going through difficulties and achieving mastery in every area of life. During the workshop, participants will hear few stories of people and cases of their resilience, which will be mapped in the 4C tool, understood in the Internal Family System Model and utilised with the help of polyvagal theory. Dr Peter Clough, Dean of the Department of Psychology at the University of Hull, says that: Mental toughness is a person’s ability to cope with challenges, pressure and difficulties, which determines his resistance to stress. However, the Carnegie Institute of Technology says that 85% of our professional successes and financial depends on how we communicate, negotiate and build relationships, including the one with ourselves. In the world of VUCA (BANI), the core competence that needs to be referred to more and more often is resilience. The understanding of resilence itself will be developed by participants during the workshop, and each participant will be able to investigate personally into this issue using the model of HOLISTIC COACHING FOCUSED ON SOLUTIONS. Being aware of the strength of one’s personal  mental resilience and having a well-defined motive (reason for action) and being equipped with skills, we can more effectively design positive individual and organizational changes.  Therefore, each participant of the workshop will be able to work out few individual steps leading to reinforcement of  those aspects of resilience that will bring him the best predicted possible positive difference. Let’s make things simple as possible and needed keeping in mind this motivational quote from Resilience Pocketbook co-authored by Janine Waldman and Paul Z Jackson “With resilience comes less stress, less stress-related illness and, ultimately, better performance. And that’s good news, not just for the person concerned but for the organisation as a whole.” In addition, as a bonus, each participant will additionally receive POLISH-ENGLISH: – UNIQUE POSITIVE CHANGE CARDS – cards for individual and team work Assumed goals and benefits of participation in the training: Increasing the level of knowledge and skills related to: 1) processes governing resilience, 2)
assessing the level of one’s own mental toughness competence, 3) techniques of individual auto-coaching of mental strength. Developing practical competences of participants in the field of point 1-3: practicing self-management competences as well as improvement and
implementation of plans; increase of participants’ awareness and competences in the field of resilience and the possible impact of their own behavior on strengthening it; providing a set of techniques and tools useful in the active management of mental toughness; strengthening a positive attitude towards building a strong mental attitude. Workshops are conducted using interactive  methods. #DesignPositiveChanges! Let’s join in action together!

Session D5
Saturday, 11.30-13.00

She is an experienced psychologist, professional coach, certified trainer and Design Thinking Moderator. Her cardinal qualities are: individual approach, diversified experience  and practical attitude toward clients’ needs and goals. In her work she explores resources and competencies to support agents of change in finding solutions and achieving best results. She has over 10 years experience in stimulating, facilitating and supporting people to discover their potential, unfold their value based desires and goals. She helps people and teams to design and implement positive changes in the field of regular life and professional work management. She started her career at the Olympic Center where she trained and mentally coached sportsmen. Later she gained experience at hospital wards, various foundations (Centrum Opus, Fundacja Rozwoju Przedsiębiorczości) and bussines settings (Polska Akademia Oświaty, Hort-Cafe, BK-Business, PepsiCO Poland, Hartmann Poland, Harman Connected Services by Samsung).  She was also privileged to prepare workshops and trainings for schools eg. University of Lodz, UMK Torun. She succesfully applies and promotes Solution Focused Approach in her practice with both individuals and groups. She is the founder and manager of Pracownia Unikatum. Running her own business involves to apply her theoretical and experienced based knowledge in practice. She holds MA in Applied psychology and post-graduate studies in Organizational Coaching and Mentoring from University of Lodz. She is a graduate of International Trainers and Facilitators Federation and Marschall Poland school. She is an Coachwise Poland certified coach.
She is an active mindfulness practitioner. Her passion is pottery and husky dogs.

Anna Grzelak

Anka Grzelak

The workshop is an attempt to build a bridge between the way of seeing people and the world, according to Augusto Boal, one of Latin America’s most prominent theater directors and creator of the Theater of the Oppressed, and the essence and usefulness of the Solution Focused Approach in group support work with adolescents. A key similarity between Boal’s philosophy and Solution Focused Approach, can be found in the assumptions that all participants/clients are experts, and that change is possible through the free exchange of ideas and experiences. The values presented, underlying Augusto Boal’s theatrical work, encourage interest in “embodied” people (those at risk of exclusion, those discriminated against, those in mental crisis, etc.), learning about their perspective and believing in their ability to effect change. Theater work techniques provoke the participant to become the creator of their own destiny, able to challenge the “unwanted” in favor of the “wanted.” The group is a force of interaction and energy to seek and bring out individual empowerment. I invite you to co-create a solution-focused theater workshop, during which we will invite ourselves to engage in collaborative activities and be tempted to construct a fictional world that can be the beginning of transformation of the inner real world based on resources, exceptions, on to the preferred future.

Session D6
Saturday, 11.30-13.00

A therapist in the process of certification, a student of psychology and a certified theater instructor. In 2014 she returned to working with theater and drama after a break, and in 2016 she founded the educational and cultural association TEATR POTO, which current idea is to work with youth at risk of social exclusion. For the past three years, she has been combining her professional paths with the Solution Focused Approach, first as a therapist in foster care (until now), then at her SF Clinic in a small, picturesque town near Szczecin, up to therapist at the Integri SF Team. In addition to her individual work, with a passion for therapy, theater and group work with young people, she decided to combine everything into a single support mechanism to ‘clip the wings’ of a young person.

elizabeth r taylor

Elizabeth R. Taylor

The presenter will provide an overview of how using the solution-focused approach can be helpful when using Sandtray with children and adults to help them process challenges and become more resilient. The presenter will also discuss different types of Sandtray and miniatures that would be useful with different populations and possible ways to glean information about what clients say through their Sandtray. Audience participation will be encouraged through discussion and participation in a simulated Sandtray using pictures for miniatures.

Learning Objectives:

    1.   Participants will gain an understanding of using Sandtray from through the lens of SFT.
    2.   Participants will recognize opportunities to create goals and explore strengths using SF sandtray.
    3.   Participants will practice SF sandtray using their own and others’ simulated sandtrays using directive and nondirective approaches.
    4.  Participants will describe different ways to create a sandtray and materials that might be used instead of sand.

Session A3, Friday, 11.30-13.00
Session D7, Saturday, 11.30-13.00

Elizabeth Taylor, Ph.D., is a Professor in the College of Education at Texas Christian University,
where she is the Coordinator for Practicum and Internship Experiences for the counseling
program. She writes, researches, and presents at local, state, national, and international
conferences on various areas of strengths-based approaches, including solution-focused therapy,
solution-focused play therapy, resiliency, and solution-focused groups. In 2019, she published
the book Solution-Focused Therapy with Children and Adolescents: Creative and Play-Based
Approaches. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor, a Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist, an approved family mediator, a certified school counselor, and a Registered
Play Therapist-Supervisor.

Session E - Saturday, 14.00-15.30

Heather Fiske

Heather Fiske

The basis for this interactive workshop is Yvonne Dolan’s observation that “some ways of working are more hope-friendly than others”. We will use exercises and conversation to explore how the stance, habits and skills of SFBT can protect, ameliorate and heal the harms to mind, body and spirit that can be consequences of the helping work we do. The framework is almost diametrically opposed to “work-life balance” and closer to the Japanese art of kintsugi, “golden repair”.

Session C7, Friday, 16.00-17.30
Session E1, Saturday, 14.00-15.30

Heather Fiske is an enthusiastic and experienced solution-focused practitioner, trainer, and supervisor. She is one of the founders of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association and author of Hope in Action: Solution-Focused Conversations about Suicide as well as articles about solution-focused practice, suicide, and trauma. Heather 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 east coast of Canada near Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Fundacja Ulica

Fundacja Ulica

For many years, thanks to the original tools of the Identity of the imPossible Ambassador program used in our work and thanks to the introduction of Ben Furman’s KIDS’ SKILLS program for work standards, we have been successfully building a feeling of community and self-agency among children and youth. Felling of community and self-agency affect all factors that mental resilience consists of. The magic begins when children and young people see that someone older, seemingly even wiser, believes that they can succeed. Someone notices beauty, goodness in them and sees how they cope in a difficult reality. The magic begins when they get to know that they are not alone. There are friends and peers in their corner, who sometimes -just like them,feel that they do not have strength. Over time, they make an effort to get up and change their lives.Then, thanks to the received support, they change their world for the better. During the workshop, we will share our methods on how to enchant and disenchant the world of children and youth. How to create development programs using the tools of Solution Focused Therapy, equipping children and youth with the armor of wisdom, self-agency, authenticity and peace.

Session E2
Saturday, 14.00-15.30

Adrian Kowalski CEO of foundation Fundacja Pomocy Dzieciom Ulica, certified ambassador of KIDS’ SKILLS in Poland, street work pioneer with marginalized children, youth and their families in Silesia, certified trainer of the Polish Psychological Association of II degree, No. 473, specialist in the field of addiction prevention, therapist (in the process of certification) in SFBT, trainer conducting interpersonal communication and social skills trainings, member of the International ASHOKA organization – innovators for the public good. 

Natalia Soja – Strategic Director of Fundacja Pomocy Dzieciom Ulica. Practitioner of Kids’ Skills methods in Poland, therapist (in the process of certification) in SFBT, graduate of resocialization pedagogy with social prevention (UŚ) and postgraduate in the field of negotiations and mediation. She finished many courses and trainings: interdisciplinary study in the field of domestic violence prevention, streetworking – an innovative perspective of working with people at risk of social exclusion, motivational trainer for children and youth, mindfulness training, emotional regulation training, emotional education at work with young children.

Agata Gemser-Wrębiak Director of Centrum Motywacyjno-Profilaktycznego, practitioner of Kids’ Skills in Poland, therapist (in the process of certification) in BSFT, a graduate of Polish philology (UJ), experienced trainer (Wszechnica UJ), certified ICF ACC coach, postgraduate in the field of social behavior psychology (UŚ), as well as project management (WSE in Krakow), finished the training for parents and educators (Szkoła rodziców i wychowawców) and numerous improvement trainings. A fifth -year student of psychology, specializing in clinical and personality (AH).

Danuta Pajor expert for supervision and work with foster families of Fundacja Pomocy Dzieciom Ulica. Psychologist, sociologist, therapist (in the process of certification) ) in BSFT. One of the first certified supervisors of social work in Poland No. 14/2017. Family trainer, coach (certificate ICF Coach ACC 2015), lecturer. A family work expert, actively working for a transformational approach based on the reaching full potential, minimizing the factors that weakens the bond with the child, and creating a safe environment enabling children to develop their harmonious development.

EBTA - warsztaty

Andreea Żak,
Rytis Pakrosnis,
Evghenia Kuminskaya

EBTA has an honor to continue the Solution-focused practice (SFP) Research List, started many years ago by Alasdair Macdonald, PhD. We are all keen to hear about new and encouraging results supporting our practice and establishing it as evidence-based. In order to successfully move forward as a community, we should be aware not only at collecting positive results, but also how they were obtained. How can we contribute to research ourselves and even benefit from them as practitioners? The workshop is hosted by the members of the EBTA Research Task Group. During the workshop we will present an overview of main trends from EBTA Research List in 2022. Based on these trends we will discuss what we can learn from current research, with ideas on what basic elements is worth taking into account for a good quality research. Next, we will put the theory into practice by considering the effectiveness of SFP on resilience as an example for how to make and publish rigorous practice-based research. The present workshop is aimed at SF practitioners interested in conducting and publishing good research on SFP or intrigued by how research is done and how to read and understand the results.

Session E2
Saturday, 14.00-15.30

Andreea Żak, PhD. – psychologist, certified psychotherapist specialised in solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), member of EBTA Research Task Group and International Cooperation Task Group, vice-president of the Polish Association for Solution Focused Psychotherapy (PTPSR) during 2020-2023, head of the PTPSR Research Task Group and Editorial Team. Conducts individual and couple psychotherapy in her private practice “Differently” (original name “Inaczej”) in Wadowice, Poland. Author or co-author of scientific articles published in national and international journals.

Rytis Pakrosnis, PhD. – certified EuroPsy psychologist; works as an associate professor at the Department of Psychology, Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania), psychologist at the VMU Psychology Clinic and in private practice; member of EBTA Board, Research, Psychotherapy and SF Practice Definition Task Groups. Served as co-editor of the International Journal of Solution-Focused Practices between 2013 and 2017; author and co-author of research articles and books/chapters on SF Practice. Fields of interest: SF outcome research, application and research of Solution-Focused approach in different areas and contexts (e.g. prevention, self-help), SF training.

Evghenia Kuminskaya – psychologist, certified psychotherapist specialised in solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), member of EBTA Research Task Group, psychologist in private practice, lecturer and author of the SFBT course at the online school Psychodemia, researcher of laboratory of consultative psychology and psychotherapy.  Author or co-author of scientific articles published in national and international journals.

Marzena Żachowska

Marzena Żachowska

The workshop is inspired with questions of Dr. Luc Isabert: What do I see around me – hear, feel, smell, taste – that I am happy with or grateful for? And inspired by “TSR na dziś” Tomek Świtek from 19.01.2016 – S4t: … at least sometimes, instead of thinking, stay focused on experiencing .. .
The workshop will take place in the Humanitas Garden Sensory Ateliers. Exposing ourselves to the environment close to the natural, entering the relationship with it (with the landscape, other species) we will allow our senses to “experience”.
What happens in our body then? Blood pressure, heart rate is normalized, sugar levels decrease and, above all, the level of cortisol decreases. The cerebral cortex is resting, the sympathetic nervous system responsible for the fight and flight response is quietening. Relaxation is there.
How to take care of your well-being through contact with the forest environment? How to be more effective in nature to strengthen resilience and basing on researched mechanisms?
Let’s go into the forest! Let’s “take” our senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, proprioception for a mindful walk in the rhythm of shinrin – yoku.
Objective? Finding a non-judgmental answer to the question: “What do I see around me – what do I hear, feel, smell, taste – what am I happy with (a) or what I am grateful for (a)?”
During “And thirdly … I’m going into nature …” basing on activities related to mindfulness and forest bathing (invitations to the sensory experience of nature, relaxation, imagination exercises, breathing exercises, work in a circle, work using “forest” tools, including forest metaphorical cards) I will invite you to “return” to the arms of Nature, to find your own place in it …

Session E4
Saturday, 14.00-15.30

SF therapist in the PSTTSR process of certification, special needs educator (oligophrenopedagogy, social rehabilitation), kynotherapist, sociotherapist, biology and nature teacher, sex educator, certified forest bathing guide, on a daily basis working eco-therapeutically as part of Forest Immersion (pl. Leśne Zanurzenie) and the Forest Therapy Center (pl. Centrum Terapii Leśnej), inspired and supported by forest. Co-founder of the Polish Association of Forest Baths (pl. Polskie Towarzystwo Kąpieli Leśnych).

Urszula, Naomi

Ursula Bühlmann-Stähli,
Naomi Whitehead

We are all part of several systems that we influence and that we are influenced by. Small changes can have big effects. This is also an aspect in solution focused practice with clients, families, organizations and teams. In the workshop we will together develop ideas how systemic aspects are embedded in solution focused practice, how our questions also become systemic questions and how systems can be used as resource for different processes. We also will do some practical exercises.

Session E5
Saturday, 14.00-15.30

Ursula Bühlmann-Stähli, specialist in child and youth psychiatry and psychotherapy in Bern, Switzerland. Qualifications in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Creative Children’s Therapy, Hypnotherapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Supervisor, coach and trainer. Member of the European Brief Therapy Association EBTA board. www.creathera.ch

Adrian Drdzeń, Aleksander Mańka

Adrian Drdzeń

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality” — Lewis Carroll

 

The aim of the workshop is to present the use of imagination, game and creativity in strengthening children’s mental resilience on the example of the preventive program “The Land of Fireflies”.

 

The Land of Fireflies is a preventive program with 15 years of experience in implementing, evolving and modifying the methodology of creative work with young children (aged 5-6). The concept of the program is based on the key role of imagination in building the potential of mental resilience in young children. The program intertwines imagination/fantasy as part of the narration/retelling of the child’s possible experiences, thus allowing fantasy elements to foster resilience and promote solutions.

 

Current research in the field of neuroscience confirms that imagining as a cognitive function involves the activity of the front part of the hippocampus (part of the limbic system related to memory and emotions). A well-developed hippocampus helps form mental images that are used in declarative memory. Clinical studies show that creativity is an important protective factor – it increases resilience and improves coping in a difficult situation. Creativity, on the other hand, is naturally connected with imagination.

 

In the Land of Fireflies methodology, entering the world of magical characters invites children to spontaneously/non-directively combine and expand mental representations in order to create new ideas and ways of thinking.

 

During the workshop, traveling through the magical world of the Land of Fireflies, we will look at the practical use of imagination, game and creativity in developing resilience and increasing children’s coping.



Session E6
Saturday, 14.00-15.30

Adrian Drdzeń, psychologist, interpersonal skills trainer recommended by the Polish Psychological Association. Violence prevention and social work certified supervisor. Solution-focused practitioner, Ambassador of the Kids’ Skills method in Poland. Therapistat the Children’s Aid Center. Recognition of child abuse cases and intervention trainer. Co-author of the innovative preventive methodology: „The Land of Fireflies”.  

Aleksander Mańka Ph.D. therapist, family supervision expert, systemic prevention specialist, trainer, academic assistant professor.He is the author of the concept of systemic prevention and the methodology of family supervision, which are his main strategy. 

Projekt bez nazwy (1)

Marta Piegat-Kaczmarczyk

During the workshop, I will share the most important conclusions from over 20 years of work with children and youth with refugee experience. Together we will look at the usefulness of a solution-focused approach in working with this group. Participants will also have the opportunity to test my authoring tool supporting young people in discovering resources and formulating development goals. And also check how they can be modified and used in various, specific contexts, e.g. work after traumatic experiences, work with an ongoing crisis or recovery period.

Resource and goal cards will be made available to participants of the conference in a multilingual version, for self-printing.

Session B2, Friday,