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BRIEF Summer School

An intensive, multi-faceted learning event for solution focused practitioners at all levels to develop their skills and have fun in nearly equal measure. Since BRIEF was established in 1989 every year has seen a change in how we do and how we teach solution focused brief therapy. Twenty two years on our passion is undimmed and our pursuit of a dynamic minimalism is as committed as ever. Year by year we have questioned every aspect of our practice and our thinking behind it, we have experimented by dropping what we think might be unnecessary, sometimes to return to what we have dropped and sometimes to leave it behind.

Each time a particular practice has been discontinued we have found ourselves attending more closely to other aspects of our conversations with clients. So far, there has always been something to question and something new to learn. This Summer School and those who join us will become part of BRIEF’s journey.

A developing programme

The exact content and shape of the week will be drafted much closer to the time and what actually happens will depend on the interactions between all involved. BRIEF’s training has always been participant-centred. We see solution focused brief therapy as a craft – something that can only be learned by doing and where each doing leads to new possibilities for practice. There is no end to what we know, only a continuing journey.

What is certain is that the week will be packed with variety; it will be hard work, practical and fun.

There will be:

  • exercises, exercises and more exercises, taking the best from our vast and constantly replenishing repertoire of skill-developing activities.
  • taped sessions illustrating every aspect of our practice with virtually every client group of interest to participants.
  • live therapy sessions with BRIEF clients
  • coaching sessions with course participants
  • discussion and debate about the many forms solution focused practice now takes
Who can attend the Summer School?

Anyone interested in the solution focused approach, who likes the idea of mixing with like-minded others from all over the world, and who fancies spending a week in London in August. Beginners and the most experienced solution focused practitioners are equally welcome.

Where is it taking place?

The school will be taking place at BRIEF’s base in the heart of London. Close to the old wall of the historic City, less than ten minutes walk from St Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames, BRIEF is nestled between St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the world’s oldest hospital providing medical care continuously for over 900 years, the priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, half demolished by Henry V111, Smithfield Market, a Victorian splendour continuing a thousand year old non-vegetarian trade. In contrast the Barbican Arts Centre, five minutes walk away sits in one of London’s most loved and hated ‘concrete jungles’. The area is depicted in the works of Samuel Johnson and Charles Dickens and more recently in films such as Shakespeare in Love and Closer.

Extra-curricular activities

We won’t crowd your free time but we will offer a few inexpensive social events: a meal out together, a guided city walk where we, who work here everyday, discover the hidden London, a pub evening, a riverside walk possibly taking in the famous Tate Modern art gallery and plenty more things to suit everyone’s idea of a good time. Let us know if you have something you particularly want to do while you are here and we’ll do our best to make it happen.


Chris Iveson and Harvey Ratner.


The total cost will be £600 plus VAT. (£720 incl vat).

How to apply

Applications can be made:

  • via our website
  • by completing a booking form available from BRIEF by post or email.
  • By phone +44 (0) 20 7600 3366

All types of accommodation are available near to BRIEF with something to suit most pockets. Contact us and ask for our accommodation list.

Course Dates & Locations
If you are interested in booking a place on one of our forth coming courses please select the most suitable course for your location and calender and enter the number of places you require.
Location Course Dates Price (inc VAT) Info Booking
London 18th August 2014 - 22nd August 2014 £720.00 more infoClosed