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Matthew is the founder and Co-Director of Partners for Collaborative Solutions. He is a licensed clinical social worker, a certified addictions counselor, and an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Matthew provides couples and family therapy and executive job coaching and organizational consulting in his private practice in Evanston, Illinois. He is the 2006, 2000, and 1999 recipient of the Walter S. Rosenberry Award offered by The Children's Hospital of Denver, Colorado for having made significant contributions to the fields of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences. Matthew has published numerous family therapy articles and the following professional practice-oriented books: Collaborative Brief Therapy with Children, The Adolescent and Young Adult Self-Harming Treatment Manual: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Brief Therapy Approach, Working with Self-Harming Adolescents: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Therapy Approach, Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents (Second Edition), and Family Therapy Approaches with Adolescent Substance Abusers.
Since 1985, Matthew has presented workshops on family therapy and his Collaborative Strengths-Based Therapy approach with self-harming clients and substance abusers, couples, and challenging children and adolescents extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Australia. Matthew is frequently invited to serve as a keynote speaker for the state chapters of and institute speaker for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He also provides consultation to mental health, addictions, juvenile justice programs, behavioral healthcare organizations, and school systems throughout the world. His passion, humor, and strong emphasis on teaching creative and practical therapeutic tools that participants can put to immediate use with their toughest clients is often acclaimed. Matthew's research interest areas are young adult and adolescent self-harm, the therapeutic relationship, creative uses of self in the therapeutic relationship, and client inventiveness and imagination.
Jim Wilson, CQSW, UKCP registered Systemic Psychotherapist
Jim is the Co- Director of Partners for Collaborative Solutions and an internationally renowned expert in and trainer of Collaborative Systemic Family Therapy. He is former Director of the Centre For Child Focused Practice at the Institute of Family Therapy in London, UK; has previously served for many years as periodic Training Director and Chairperson of The Family Institute in Cardiff, Wales. Jim has extensive experience in working with families that have a long history of involvement with professional helping agencies. He practices as a Consultant Family Therapist with the NHS in Llwyn Onn Child and Family Psychology Service, Gwent Wales (sessionally)
As a trainer, Jim is highly rated for his exceptional clinical skills and creativity, great sense of humour and dynamic presentational style. His highly acclaimed practice-oriented book, Child Focused Practice: A Collaborative Systemic Approach, is in its third print and has been translated into German and Swedish. Jim has published numerous articles and chapters for Family Therapy publications since 1988; His second book, The Performance of Practice ; enhancing the repertoire of the family therapist was published in October 2007 by Karnac and is used as a important source for training family therapists about the development of their personal style.
Jim is particularly interested in exploring and extending the range of therapeutic opportunities open to therapists and practitioners and is especially passionate about avoiding the dangers of dogmatism and religiosity in therapeutic approaches. His training courses endeavour to expand the thinking, practice and methodologies available to therapists from many different orientations and practice bases.
Mark Beyebach, Ph. D.
Mark is a Partner and Research Consultant with Partners for Collaborative Solutions. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Approved Supervisor for the Spanish Federation of Family Therapy Associations. Mark is the Director of the Post-Graduate Training Program in Systemic Therapy at the Universidad Pontificia in Salamanca, Spain. He teaches at many university-based doctoral and masters level training programs in Spain.
Mark has presented workshops on family and brief therapy throughout Spain, Europe, and South America since 1989. As a trainer, he is often described as dynamic, humorous, and thought-provoking.
Mark has published numerous articles on brief solution-oriented therapy
in both Spanish and international journals. He is an internationally
renowned researcher on therapeutic processes and outcomes, particularly
on the therapeutic relationship in brief and family therapy. His clinical
interests focus on clinical work with eating disordered, sexually abused,
and chronically ill clients and their families. Mark is passionate about
training mental health professionals to be respectful and integrative
practitioners that base their clinical decision-making on clients’
input and on sound research evidence.
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