I am starting this blog with a little trepidation. It's not the first blog I've started on Solution Focus, that should tell you all you need to know. I'm not the world's most dedicated blogger.
Some of the Caer Las staff who use Solution Focus as part of their support work are members of the United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice [UKASFP]. The UKASFP provides a valuable role for practitioners across the UK.
The role of the UKASFP is to help further the use of solution focused practice and create a national profile for those using SF. The Annual National Conference is one of the main ways in which UKASFP supports its practitioner members.
The organising team in 2016 is the South Wales Solution Focused Network, supported by Caer Las. We are very excited about this, and I'll be posting various updates on the team's progress and the details of the event as it develops.
UKASFP Conference 2016
"Supporting People with Solution Focused Practice"
Venue: to be held at the De Vere Village Hotel, Swansea
Dates: Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June 2016
Key Note Speakers:
Dr Ben Furman, from Finland (Consultant Psychiatrist, Change Agent and TV Personality)
“Solution Focus: from mental health clinical practice to supporting people in the wider community”
Phil Chick, Mental Health Development Lead for Wales 1000 lives improvement Service Public Health Wales
“Implementing the Mental Health Measure”
Louise Bazalgette, Development Manager, NSPCC
“National evaluation of our Face to Face service, which uses solution focused practice to support children in care”
In 2013 the Welsh Assembly introduced the ‘Mental Health Measure’ which has SF alongside CBT for the first time in a government policy as the method of choice for mental health practitioners.
This will be the first UKASFP Solution Focused Conference held in Wales. We will showcase good practice in Wales and beyond from many differing contexts: mental health, supported housing, rehabilitation, employment, older people, disengaged communities (such as people who experience homelessness and substance misuse), coaching and consultancy.
CALL FOR WORKSHOPS
We will have a workshop for mental health practitioners, run by Ben Furman, for delegates to reflect on progress and learn more from each other and the experience in Finland.
We are inviting contributions in any of the areas above which focus on innovation and embedding SF practice to support people in a wide range of contexts.
We are also inviting proposals for pre-conference sessions, including one by an experienced trainer for delegates new to SF.
I will be posting details about how to submit an expression of interest to run workshops here soon.