This is the homepage of the Aotearoa New Zealand Solution Focused Practice Conference.

The title of the 2019 conference is: 

‘Solution Focused practice, mind health and wellbeing’.


Full conference details to add to your diary.

Where :- Napier Boy’s High School

When :- March 19th, 2019

Time frame:- All day

Cost :- $100 (Including lunch).

Please register for conference by clicking the green button at the top right of every page.


Please also consider leading a workshop.  More info on how to ‘submit your abstract’ on the ‘Speakers’ page and you can submit your abstract here: https://www.sfp.kiwi/submit-your-abstract/


Keynote speaker:

The SF Practice conference organising group is very excited to announce our keynote speaker for 2019 (March 19th in Napier). Elliott Connie has kindly agreed to be our keynote. Elliott gave a keynote at our 2017 conference and is a welcome returning speaker for us. Elliott is one of, if not the foremost speaker in Sf in the World in the last couple of years. Elliot’s keynote is titled: Believe: How Trusting the Client Leads Towards the Desired Outcome.


In addition to this Elliott will be running a two day masterclass in SF on 20th and 21st of March in Napier, here is a bit of information about what to expect: 

For those of you who are interested in taking a deeper dive into the Solution Focused Approach, I will be staying after the conference and teaching in a 2 day masterclass hosted by the conference organizers. During these 2 days we will be working to increase our fluency and confidence in using this approach by watching video examples from my practice, live demonstrations, and loads of practice exercises. The goal of all of this is so that anyone who attends will be able to apply this approach in their work immediately after the event. Join us!

‘For those of you that went to Elliott’s two day workshop in Christchurch, whilst there will of course be some familiar ground covered, Elliott has new videos and new exercises to share with participants, and his thinking around SF has evolved from two years ago, as seen in many of his social media videos’. – Conference organising group.

Elliott Connie Master Class registration here: Elliott Connie Master-Class-registration


There will also be a three hour pre conference SF 101 run by Paul Hanton and Rob Silver. Cost :- $30 (if attending Conference), $50 (if not attending Conference). Contact for registration form: RSilver@nbhs.school.nz Please use the downloadable registration form below:

SFP 101 registration Form


We have held three previous conferences on a not for profit basis, 2016 in Napier, 2017 in Christchurch and 2018 in Hamilton.

We will be holding our fourth annual conference on Tuesday 19th March 2019, the theme to be associated with ‘wellbeing’.

Our aims are simple, To run a low cost, easy access conference in order to:

  • Bring together solution focused practitioners and those interested in solution focused practice (in the broadest sense).
  • Share practice.
  • Network.


So, did we achieve our aims? This is some of the feedback we received from our last (Hamilton) conference:

“Excellent, great timing and great content”

“It is great to get together with NZ SF practitioners working with NZ clients in an NZ context.  Thank you again to all the organising team”

“It was very practical and as I relatively new user of solution focused practice it has made me more confident to try”

“Excellent learning thank you, practical steps and advice”

“Awesome day and some really key points to take away and implement into our practice”

“Liked how you had breakout options to choose from, very useful”

“Great pricing which was a big attraction for me as a student, thank you. Learnt lots, appreciate your hard work. :)”

“Great conference/speakers were very engaging/humble with their audience”



We look forward to seeing you again.

The conference organising group are currently (we may add others) five people from different walks of life that use solution focus in their work and want to help others to do so: Cate Walton, Wanda Douglas, Rob Silver, Brent Gardiner, Paul Hanton.