S-F Practice Definition

New 2020!!!

The EBTA Book “Theory of Solution-Focused Practice” 2020 has been published!

We, the authors, are happy with this co-creative process of shaping the theoretical thoughts of the solution-focused practice in a creative, joyful and sometimes reiterative systematic way that lead to the carefully crafted  ‘co-knowing’ formulations in the book. Also disputes and differences are visible together with the additional reviewer ‘co-knowers’ views. It has been like a piece of Jazz: constantly changing and developing, with many variations in an open-ended process that provides space for further developments. 

Now we are excited to see where it goes next!

The publishers links are:


Hardcover: https://www.bod.de/buchshop/theory-of-solution-focused-practice-peter-sundman-9783751976749

ebook: https://www.bod.de/buchshop/theory-of-solution-focused-practice-peter-sundman-9783752614947

 Previous content about practice definition from 2017 here:

Introduction to EBTA Practice Definition

-by Peter Sundman on behalf of EBTA-

The Solution Focused ideas, models and techniques are the collective results of hundreds of skilful researchers and clinicians around the world. They are truly open source products. I think the originators at the Mental Research Institute and Brief Family Therapy Institute were proud of the openness and collective wisdom they started!

Many in the SF community have at the same time been aware of the other side of the coin. – Anybody can claim working with a Solution Focused stance or present a Solution Focused model. All trainers and writers have in fact their own definitions. Gale Miller once said that Solution Focus is a rumour. Nobody seems to know what it is.

To help practitioners orient themselves, EBTA decided to write a “Solution Focused Practice definition” in a similar fashion as the “Solution Focus Research definition” (link) for research purposes.

This definition is the collective work of the board members. First, sixteen published definitions of Solution Focused Practices were collected and compared. Next, the common features were combined and divided into an intuitively formed structure. The structure was analysed with a semantic eye and simplified. Finally, consensus finalized the structure.

Although we are happy with the definition and the process of making it, we make no claim of ownership or copyright to Solution F. We strongly believe that Solution Focus should remain open for all. We also believe that the Solution Focused Practices will develop further.

So, here is a definition for you and everybody else to think about, use, evaluate, criticize and – discuss!

Please join the blog and leave a reply below, scroll down for the discussion!

Peter Sundman, on behalf of EBTA


NEW – 2017 - Theory of SF practice – Draft in September 2017 online

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2 Responses to S-F Practice Definition

  1. The SFCT ‘Clues’ could be a part of this – see http://www.asfct.org/clues.php. It’s interesting to note the the Clues are a living and evolving way of noticing that a piece of work is SF – as mentioned above, it’s important that this does not become static.

  2. Svea van der Hoorn says:

    I’m puzzled – is EBTA abandoning Brief Therapy and/or its geography demarcation, and on its way to becoming the (European) Solution Focused Practice Association?
    I also notice that Solutions Focus (Practice) is used as a heading – is Solutions Focus not a brand specification belonging to a few people, and adopted by those trained by them or claiming to practice in the Solutions Focus model?