Organizing team

MatthewSelekmanMatthew D. Selekman, family therapist and addictions counsellor 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 behaviours, 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 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, Working with Self-Harming Adolescents, Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents, Family Therapy Approaches with Adolescent Substance Abusers and Changing Self-Destructive Habits.

Matthew 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, Asia and New Zealand.

Ben Furman, Psychiatrist, registered trainer-psychotherapist, teacher of solution-focused therapy, co-director of Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute Ltd. Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy 1995-2000.

Ben founded The Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute, Ltd, together with his colleague Tapani Ahola in 1986. The institute provides professional training in solution-focused psychotherapy, coaching, supervision, and leadership. He has written over 20 books covering such varied topics as psychotherapy, leadership, management, coaching, work environment, resiliency, child therapy, family therapy and self-help. Over the years Ben has developed a number of solution-focused tools or methods that help people solve problems, overcome difficulties and make improvements in their life. The most well-known are Reteaming, Twin-Star, Cooperation and Kids' Skills.

Ben has been teaching solution-focused psychology for 30 years to a wide variety of audiences including mental health professionals, school teachers, medical staff, educators, managers, sports coaches, parents, white-collar as well as blue collar workers, and the entire staff of some businesses and organisations.

Therese Steiner, child psychiatrist, trainer and author specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy and has worked in surgery and paediatrics for more than 26 years. She serves as a consultant to several hospitals and is currently in private practice in Switzerland working with children, adolescents and families. She trained in hypnosis at the Milton Erickson Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Therese co-authored "Children's Solution Work" in 2003 with Insoo Kim Berg. She is considered an expert in the field of child and adolescent work in identifying and utilizing client's resources and competencies and integrating different mediums into the therapy context.

For the past few years, Therese has been involved with an NGO in Africa in which she trains youth leaders in communities where the only living survivors are children. For many years she has been actively involved in equipping communities around the world, particularly in third world countries, who have been traumatized by HIV, tsunami, floods and earthquakes and other traumatic events. She continues to teach solution focused brief therapy and presents at workshops and conferences in the USA, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
ArnoudHuibersArnoud Huibers, licensed psychologist, psychotherapist, family therapist and trainer, member of the Dutch Society of Psychologists (NIP), Psychotherapists (NVVP), Family Therapist (NVRG) and Child- en Youth Therapists (VKJP). He was trained at the University of Utrecht and completed his post-graduate degree, at the Academic Medical Centre of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

In 2004, together with Insoo Kim Berg, Arnoud founded Solutions Centre, an international organization that aims to disseminate the solution-focused approach through training and consultation and through stimulating the brainstorming and research on how the solution-focused approach can be further applied. They organized different conferences, mastercourses and live consultations in Amsterdam and made a DVD that demonstrates the application of the solution-focused approach in schools.

Currently Arnoud provides professional training in solution-focused psychotherapy, family-therapy, coaching, supervision and leadership for mental health-organizations, youth-care, hospitals and schools. He also works as a psychotherapist, in private practice, in Soesterberg, The Netherlands, creating solutions with children, youth, parents, families, adults and couples.
Caroline BeumerCaroline Beumer-Peeters works as a solution-focused coach, counsellor, therapist, trainer and author. Currently she is CEO of BrandNewWay, a leading Solution Focused Dutch training institute and the only certified Kids' Skills and Mission Possible training Institute in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Caroline is author of several books on practical approaches to finding solutions with teenagers and adolescents, such as Mission Possible and Parents ‘Skills.

Caroline works for international clients in a business environment as well as in the field of education and health care. In private practice, in Haarlem, The Netherlands, she works with all ages.

Caroline has been trained and is experienced in fine arts, children’s education, social psychology, solution focused coaching and brief therapy, psychotherapy, colour light therapy and EMDR. Her goal is to inspire and open new perspectives for both clients and students, inviting them to take ownership, sidestep analysing problems and find their own solutions, helping them towards their desired future.

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