Who we are

Mission

The mission statement describes our organization’s right to exist based on its values and identity. In the EBTA Code of Ethics document you will find its fundamental premises and guidelines that have been deemed right and useful for practicing a Solution Focused Approach. We do find it essential for a lively and true existence to breath collaboration and to further promote dialogue and development of solution-focused practice with other solution-focused actors and approaches.

Vision

European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA) promotes, advocates and develops solution-focused theory, research and practice within psychotherapy, counseling, education and related areas of work as well as in other professional contexts like rehabilitation, specialized fields of health and social care in Europe and beyond.

History

Founded in 1993 by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg and a group of European Solution Focused Practitioners, provides a European platform for people interested in Solution Focused Therapy.
ebta is an open, non-profit, civil society organization for people interested in supporting solution-focused work in different contexts within the helping professions and communities in Europe in co-operation with other approaches, practices and research methods. EBTA supports the development of solution-focused ideas, theory and practice.
EBTA promotes, advocates and develops solution-focused theory, research and practice within psychotherapy, counseling, education and related areas of work as well as in other professional contexts like rehabilitation, specialized fields of health and social care in Europe and beyond.
EBTA promotes dialogue with other solution-focused actors and other approaches and has a history since 1993 that has briefly been described in June 2011 by dr. Luc Isebaert.

Diversity and inclusion

We believe that diversity and inclusion are two concepts that are closely related, while not interchangeable.
diversity is about people and perspectives, the representation or composition of an entity, and is about the rainbow of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical abilities or characteristics, religious or ethical value system, national origin and political beliefs. 
EBTA’s goal is to treat all individuals and groups with respect, dignity and inclusion. Inclusion dwells on being aware of dealing with power, having a voice and a safe organizational culture where everyone is included. 
Inclusion, in relation to our work, also means engagement and empowerment, recognizing the inherent and unique value and dignity of each person. EBTA, as a Solution Focused Practice organization, aims to develop and promote the full value of both diversity and inclusiveness and to support people’s sense of belonging. 
EBTA aims to make this visible in its actions with full respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds and ways of life of people inside and outside its organization. All people have the right to be respected and appreciated as valuable members of the communities. Inclusive quality can be measured by how well contributions, presence and perspectives of different groups of people are valued and integrated within EBTA as an organization. 
Both concepts, diversity and inclusion are closely related to the fundamental premises of the EBTA Code of Ethics and the specific guidelines for the SFBT Practitioner.

Code of ethics

The EBTA Code of Ethics comprises the following parts:

  1.     Introduction
  2.     Fundamental premises of the EBTA Code of Ethics
  3.     Specific guidelines for SFBT practise
  4.     Application of the EBTA Code of Ethics guidelines and the code of conduct in the event of their violation

Please find comprehensive information about the EBTA code below.

Meet Our Team!

European Brief Therapy Board was elected during online MAM september 2020

marie

Marie-Christine Cabie

EBTA president/Practice definition task-group

ursula

Ursula Bühlmann- Stähli

EBTA vice president/International Cooperation Task group

Anne-Marie Wulf

EBTA secretary/Head of International Cooperation Task Group

geert

Geert Lefevere

Treasurer/PR task group

Manfred Vogt

Election task-group

Riitta Malkamaki

World Conference Task group

Tomasz Switek

PR task group

jacek

Jacek Lelonkiewicz

Advisory task-group

Dmitry Stebakov

Research task-group

Jos Kienhuis

PR Taskgroup

naomie

Naomi Whitehead

International Cooperation Task Group

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