Bill O’Hanlon is a psychotherapist, author, workshop leader and organizational consultant who co-developed solution-oriented therapy and founded possibility and inclusive therapies. He is committed to promoting respectful and effective methods of change and to having fun while he is doing it.
The Brief Therapy Practice was founded in 1989 and is now Europe’s largest provider of solution focused training with over 4000 professionals from the NHS, local authorities, education and private sector attending courses each year.
This website is a window to training and research in Brief and Narrative therapies. We are located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and were founded in 1993. Since that time thousands of professionals from many disciplines have participated in our training programs.
Narrative therapy is an approach to counselling and community work. It centres people as the experts in their own lives and views problems as separate from people. Narrative therapy assumes that people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives. The word ‘narrative’ refers to the emphasis that is placed upon the stories of people’s lives and the differences that can be made through particular tellings and retellings of these stories.
The Houston Galveston Institute (formerly the Galveston Family Institute), is internationally recognized for its innovative contributions to the advancements of theory, psychotherapy practice, and research, and to the development of creative contexts for learning, practice, and research. It has distinguished itself by its unique developments in brief therapy and has been acclaimed for its Collaborative Language Systems Approach with its emphasis on “problem-organizing systems”, the role of language, narrative and conversation in therapy, the not-knowing position, and the translation of these concepts into work with difficult life situations. Students and professionals world-wide come to study at the Institute.
On this website, the latest research on “what works” in therapy is translated into principles for clinical practice. Follow the links on the right side of the page to update your clinical knowledge and skills.
The Positive Psychology Center is a not-for-profit organization located at the University of Pennsylvania, directed by Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D. We conduct research on Positive Psychology, learned helplessness, depression, and on optimism and pessimism.
Solutions Centre is an international organization that aims to disseminate the Solutions Focused approach through training and consultation. It also aims to disseminate the application of this model to schools, organization, hospitals and many different settings where people work with each other.