Research Grant

Research Grant


For 2018 the European Brief Therapy Association Board is offering up to three research grants of 3500 euro to suitable research projects on Solution Focused brief therapy and its applications. All types of research projects can be presented (quantitative and/or qualitative; clinical or non-clinical…), as long as they meet high standards of quality and rigor  How to apply.

The concept of the research grant was proposed by Steve de Shazer and agreed by the EBTA Board  in Turku (August 2000).  Since then, 18 research grant have been awarded.
The decision on the EBTA Research Grant is made by the Research Grant Committee of the EBTA Research Task Group. The Research Grant Committee consists of the chairperson of the EBTA Research Task Group, currently Mark Beyebach (, and a number of external academics. The Research Grant Committee currently includes:
Alasdair MacDonald:
MariCamen Neipp:
Ferdinand Wolf, Austria;
Cynthia Franklin, USA;
Svea van der Horn, Southafrica,
Mark Beyebach, Spain;

Grants Awarded
2017 – Jaroslaw Lelonkiewicz & Alessia Tosi, Lexical convergence and therapeutic alliance in Solution-focused Brief Therapy sessions.
2016 - Jaseem Koorankot, Z A Ashraf, & K.R. Santhosh, Effects of solution focused vs. problem focused questions in neuropsychological components and electrophysiological state
2015 – Christiaan Van Woerden et al. (University of Cape Town), “Qualitative analysis of Solution Focused Practice in History Taking by paediatric clerks and registrars”.
Miriam Lommen (University of Oxford) & Simon Dymond (University of Swansea), “A pilot study of brief therapy for reducing overgeneralization of fear through solution-focused discrimination training”.
2014 – No grant awarded
2013 – Rytis Pakrosnis and Viktorija Cepukiene,  Kauna (Lithuania). Effectiveness of a solution-focused, computer-assited self-help tool.
2012 – Antonio Medina, Tenerife. Solution-Focused child protection work with children at risk and their families in local public agencies in Tenerife, Spain. A quasi-experimental outcome study.
2011 – Keita Kiuchi and colleagues in Japan will seek to develop a general solution-focused attitude scale (GSFAS) that will serve as an effective indicator to measure the effectiveness of SFBT.
2011 – George Abramson, Bradford, UK, a microanalysis of Signs of Safety child protection conversations in social work.
2010 – Ivana Vidakovic, Stephen M. Langer; Croatia; SFT treatment for PTSD; 20 experimental and 20 controls planned. Detailed one- year follow-up using objective measures and fidelity testing.
2010 – Lehmann P, Moore B (Texas): pre-post design for 100 men convicted of domestic violence who attend a group programme.
2008/9 – Marieta Igarenska, Kiril Elenski, Gergana Foreva; Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Investigating the effect of SFBT in cardiovascular disease patients.
2008/9 – Janet Bavelas; Sara Healing; Christine Tomori; Canada: microanalysis of miracle question.
2007 – Plamen Panayotov: medication compliance in schizophrenia improved by SFT. For publication in SFT research handbook 2011.
2006 – No award.
2005 – Lisbeth Kvarme, University of Bergen. An intervention study in the school health service to find out if solution-focused therapy contributes to strengthen self-efficacy and quality of life of pupils who have been exposed to bullying. Three journal articles published.
2005 – Steve Myers, Manchester, UK: study of treatment for juvenile sexual offenders.
2004 – Frederic Linssen, Bielefeld, Germany, a study of a large number of SFT clients using pre-test, post-test, and one year follow-up, including measures of satisfaction with therapy.  Design similar to EBTA protocol; using different measures.  Results presented at conference in Berlin.
2003 – No award.
2002 – Elka Bozhkova of Bulgaria: include EBTA multi-centre research design within a larger study of SFT on a cohort of clients in a psychiatric rehabilitation service.  Project showed greater benefit from SFT with or without medication than medication alone or medication plus psycho-educational group therapy. Bozhkova E (2011) Psychology - Theory and Practice 3: 85-95 (Bulgarian; abstract in English). (Also reported in Macdonald 2011).
2001 – Karin Wallgren Thorslund, Stockholm.  A randomised controlled trial of group SFT for chronic sick persons in Sweden in order to return them to work. Published 2007.

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