Interested EBTA members can join and support a group. 

If you are interested in becoming a member please click contact beneath the corresponding taskgroup to apply.

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Executive task group

The executive task-group represents EBTA in general matters and is responsible for the administration and book keeping of the association. The executive task-group is formed annually as part of the EBTA Board election. It consists of the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. The maximum time of duty for each position is three years, with the possibility of being re-elected at the Members Annual Meeting (MAM).

The president represents EBTA, chairs the Board meetings and the Members Assembly and follows-up on the boards’ decisions. The vice president represents EBTA and chairs the Board meetings in the absence of the president. The secretary keeps and circulates the notes of Board meetings and of the Members Assembly, sends out and receives communications with EBTA members. The treasurer administrates the budget of EBTA and presents an annual balance to the Members Assembly.


Anne-marie Wulf


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Ursula Buhlmann


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Geert Lefevere


Dragana Knezić


International Cooperation Task Group

EBTA is committed to promoting and supporting cooperation between National Solution Focused Associations and others, who hope to create an association, network or smaller community in countries, where they do not currently exist.

EBTA is convinced that cooperation between countries, e.g. national associations, local communities and networks on an international level creates opportunities to do more than any could have achieved on their own.

We see the PURPOSE of the International Cooperation Task Group as being to encourage, support, and provide opportunities to:

  • Learn from each other’s successes
  • Share resources
  • Consult each other at times of challenge
  • Support the development of national associations in countries where there is a potential for them to exist.

We see the ROLE of the task group as being to:

  • Promote opportunities for associations, communities and networks and others to connect to each other.
  • Create and establish activities which support our aim
  • Act as a switchboard, enabling communication to happen.

The task group is committed to learning from what has been tried, with the intention of repeating what has worked, changing what hasn’t worked” and trying out new ideas

To carry out this purpose and role the task group will maintain a contact list of representatives from the national associations and other interested people, and will on a regular basis communicate with representatives of national associations and others to invite them to take advantage of connections to other National Associations and Solution Focused groups.

In addition the task group offers support for conferences around the world with the aim of spreading the knowledge of SF, – all on a voluntary and non-profit basis.

We have established and are currently hosting the following ACTIVITIES:

  • SF World Day on the 3rd of May is a yearly day to celebrate the Solution Focused Approach around the world. The celebration can include a single person, community or national association. Further details onsfworldday.com
  • SF Summer Camps have taken place since 2016, and are gathering in a relaxed atmosphere with time to reflect and share experiences, ideas and understandings of the Solution Focused approach. A good opportunity for exchange, also between younger practitioners and the older SF generation.
  • Annual gathering for representatives of national associations, communities and networks to meet at the annual EBTA conference. An opportunity to share news from your own hinterland, and to request support from others.
  • A digital platform on Facebook “SF-international Cooperation Contact Group” where representatives from national associations, networks and groups can connect to each other to create, promote and support opportunities for exchanging ideas and experiences.
  • Quarterly online gatherings facilitated by task groups members, where contact persons and others with interest can meet, exchange experiences and share news. A way to stay in touch during difficult times such as Covid-19, started at the end of 2020.

From Spring 2021 the International Cooperation Task Group has consisted of five people from Poland, England, Switzerland and Denmark.

Looking for EBTA support or have a good idea of how to spread the word of SF?- contact the Task Group Lead, Anne-Marie Wulf, on kontakt@solutionsbywulf.dk

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Andreea Żak


Anne-marie Wulf


Ursula Buehlmann


Toni medina


Dragana Knezic


Maarit Pietiläinen

SF research taskgroup

The EBTA research task group likes to invite full-time academic researchers and also professionals who carry out practitioner research based studies to write a 2024 Application in order to share their research and the changes made for the better.

According to de Lange, Schuman & Montesano Montessori, (2016), both research and change in practice, need to be involved with each other from the very first stage in order to make that relationship the subject of systematic study. Mixed Methods: Integrating quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis in studying the conduct of solution-focused practice

Practitioner research developed as a recognized type of research in the last quarter of the 20th century. Practitioner research refers to research and/or workplace research such as evaluation performed by individuals who also work in a professional field as opposed to being full-time academic researchers. Good research is one thing, implementing its results in real-life situations is quite another. In many areas of society (health care, administration, education, security, etc.) the need is increasingly felt to not only conduct research, but also to implement or apply the results in practice. 

Practitioners who carry out practice oriented research want to better understand and also improve their professional practice. It concerns research initiated and carried out by the practitioner. To apply for the EBTA Grant fill in the Application form and send it back to research@ebta.eu

Mixed method

The mixed method is designed to expand the toolbox of methods used to evaluate and further develop the solution-focused approach and application of this method in service to the client and practitioner. 

The term “mixed methods” refers to an emerging research methodology that promotes the systematic integration, or “blending,” of quantitative and qualitative data within a single study or sustained research program. The premise of this methodology is that such integration allows for a more complete and synergistic use of data than a separate collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

Mixed method – research has its origins in the social sciences.  It has recently expanded to the health and medical sciences, including nursing, social work, mental health and others. 

Central characteristics of a well-designed mixed method study are:

  1. to collect and analyze both quantitative (closed research questions) and qualitative (open research questions) data;
  2. using followable research procedures in the collection and analysis of data that are appropriate to the tradition of the method used;
  3. integration of data during data collection, analysis, and/or discussion;
  4. framing procedures within philosophical or theoretical models of inquiry, such as within a social constructionist model that seeks to understand multiple perspectives on a single issue: for example, what would be of use or what would characterize clients and practitioners within solution-focused practice.

Rytis Pakrosnis

Ferdinand Wolf

Elena Lavrova

Andreea Żak

Leoš Zatloukal

Research grant Committee


For 2024 the European Brief Therapy Association Board is offering one research grant 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,  25 research grants 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 coordinator of the EBTA Research Task Group, currently Ferdinand Wolf  (mailto: ebta.grant@gmail.com), and a number of external academics.

To apply for EBTA Grant fill the Application form and send it back to research@ebta.eu.

We are looking forward to your applications.


Rytis Pakrosnis


Ferdinand Wolf

Theory taskgroup

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 book has been translated in Dutch, Italian and Polish. There is a Finnish condensed translation and a German and French translation of the earlier version of the theory text.

Peter Sundman

Matthias Schwab

Ferdinand Wolf

Marie-Christine Cabié

Svea Van Der Hoorn

Rytis Pakrosnis

Ingrid Reich

Jonas Wells

Psychotherapy Task Group

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Jacek Lelonkiewicz

Manfred Vogt

Geert Lefevere

Riitta Malkamaki

Marie-Christine Cabié


Rytis Pakrosnis

Ursula Buhlmann

Conference task-group

One of the EBTA activities is providing annual conferences to worldwide participants. The aim of the task group is to support upcoming conferences, and thus task group members are persons involved in past, current and next year conferences. Such team structure allows us to enhance trans passing good practices between conference organizers.

The task group is responsible for handling the Scholarship, which provides financial support for anybody with interest in SF to join an EBTA-conference. The scholarship is equal to the annual conference fee. Each year, three scholarships are awarded based on applications. EBTA prioritises applicants with less money, students and from low-income countries and applicants with poor opportunities for training /education in the home country. 

Anyone can apply and find application information about the EBTA conference involved. You can apply for a scholarship for the next EBTA conference you want to attend. 


Anne-marie Wulf

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Geert Lefevere


Magdalena Szutarska

Election task group

The election task-group prepares a candidature list for the Members Annual Meeting after consulting the board and calling for applications from members. The list should be published on the web-site two months prior to the meeting. The head of the election task-group is a member of the board who is not part of the executive task-group.

Manfred Vogt

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Jacek Lelonkiewicz

Advisory task group

The advisory task-group promotes ethical practices within EBTA. It creates an ethical code, provides ethical guidance and mediates in conflicts among EBTA members. The advisory task-group may act on the request of any EBTA member. The Advisory task group is composed of widely respected members of the solution-focused community and past board members.

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Jacek lelonkiewicz


Marie-Christine Cabié


John Wheeler


Ferdinand Wolf


Alasdair Macdonald

PR Taskgroup

This Task Group works on promoting SFT/SFA, also promotes EBTA, through the Internet, including our Facebook page.


  • Dragana Knezic: about website content and issues connected with the EBTA Newsletter
  • Naomi Whitehead: about FB content
  • Tomasz Switek: about content of our website
  • Sander Schieving: for technical issues concerning the EBTA Website

Tomasz Switek

Dragana Knezić

Naomi Whitehead

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