A Very Close Look at Solution Focused Conversations – July 2020

The Resilience Centre will be hosting this workshop as part of the Australasian Association of Solution Focused Brief Therapy conference in July 2020.

Date: Thursday 9th July 2020

Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Location: The Resilience Centre

Suite 401

51 Rawson Street

Epping NSW 2121

About the Workshop

This is an advanced level workshop taking an in-depth look at solution-focused conversations, and would be applicable to anyone using the solution focused approach in any setting. The primary focus will be using microanalysis of face-to-face dialogue to explore conversation and identify what works in creating change. We will discuss an overview of communication components (questions, etc.), myths of communication, the method of mircoanalysis of face-to-face dialogue, and applying microanalysis to one’s solution focused work. There will be a significant amount of interaction and practice through the day to consolidate learning.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To develop an understanding of solution focused conversations at an advanced level
  • To learn the basics of microanalysis of face-to-face dialogue 
  • To learn the basic components of communication
  • To understand the myths of communication
  • To apply the method of microanalysis to the participants’ work


About the Speaker

Professor Sara Smock Jordan is coming from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Sara learnt the craft of solution focused brief therapy from Steve, Insoo, and others in the early days of SFBT in Milwaukee. She has extensive experience in clinical, academic and teaching applications of SFBT. Sara is a past President of the SFBTA and was one of the original board members. Sara is also the current Editor of the Journal of Solution Focused Practices.


Ph.D., 2006     Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Marriage and Family Therapy.

M.S., 2003      Purdue University Calumet, Child Development and Family Studies (with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy).

B.A., 2000       Olivet Nazarene University, Psychology



2019-present  Editor, Journal of Solution-Focused Practices

2018-present   Associate Professor and Program Director, Couple and Family Therapy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2011-present   Private Practice, Solution Building Therapy


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