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Pathways to Solution with Children and Adolescents

Thursday 10am – 5pm

Friday 10am- 4.30pm

Cost £300 (incl VAT)

(Three people booking at the same time will receive the third place free)

Matthew Selekman is one of the great pioneers of solution focused brief therapy with children and adolescents. His first two books opened many pathways to creative work and in the past decade he has gone on to develop, expand and refresh his ideas. Matthew is not afraid to cross boundaries and draws his inspiration from many sources including neuroscience, systems theory, mindfulness, rituals, experiments and behind it all, research.

Any professional working with children, adolescents and families will find this an immensely useful and practical two days in which one of the world’s leading brief therapists will share his experience and pass on his skills. Matthew is a seasoned and responsive presenter well able to incorporate the issues raised by participants as his workshop develops. He will cover among other things:

  • Effective strategies for engaging and building therapeutic alliances
  • Conducting transformative and solution-determined conversations
  • Working with high risk clients, including suicidal and self harming young people
  • Involving larger systems: professionals and clients’ social networks
  • Developing therapeutic artistry: the improvisational use of self
  • Guidelines for crafting useful questions
  • Therapeutic experiments to co-create compelling future realities

This two day event will be highly interactive with opportunities for all participants to learn and practice new skills.


Matthew D. Selekman, MSW is a family therapist and addictions counselor in private practice and the co-director of Partners for Collaborative Solutions (, an international family therapy training and consulting firm in Evanston, Illinois, USA.

Matthew specializes in the treatment of self-injury, eating disorders, substance abuse, school disruptive behaviors, oppositional defiant disorder, and anger management difficulties of children, adolescents, and adults. He is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Matthew received the Walter S. Rosenberry Award in 2006, 2000, and in 1999 from The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado for having made significant contributions to the fields of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences.

Matthew is the author of numerous family therapy articles and five professional books: Collaborative Brief Therapy with Children, The Adolescent and Young Adult Self-Harming Treatment Manual: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Brief Therapy Approach, Working with Self-Harming Adolescents: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Therapy Approach; Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents (Second Edition), and with Thomas Todd, Family Therapy Approaches with Adolescent Substance Abusers. His latest book with Mark Beyebach, Changing Self-Destructive Habits: Pathways to Solutions with Couples and Families, will be published this summer by Guilford Publications.

He has presented workshops on his collaborative strengths-based brief therapy approach with challenging children, adolescents, and adults and their families extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.

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 11th October 2012 - 12th October 2012 £300.00 more info