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Welcome to the 2016 EBTA-CONFERENCE from 23 to 25 September 2016!

In the centre of medieval Bruges, the conference takes place from 23 to 25 September 2016.
As we also are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Korzybski-Institute, the theme of this conference is:

"The map is not the territory"

Around 1983, inspired by the idea of Milton H. Erickson, some of us in Bruges began to develop different ways of helping clients. A crucial moment was the decision to look for what was still working instead of what wasn't... We started looking at resources which were useful to help clients reflect on how they wanted their life to be and how to organize their world accordingly.

Many years before that, Alfred Habdank Korzybski wrote about how language is a kind of a map we use to make sense of reality. There are different maps, all of them being valid to the extent that they are useful. We can get stuck in our life if we keep using a map is not working. Therapy is often about trying another map...

In 1989, Luc Isebaert read Steve de Shazer's 'Key to Solution' and decided to invite him to give seminars at the Korzybski Institutes of Paris an Bruges. On the way to Bruges, three hours by car, they talked about their ideas on change of therapy. They agreed on almost everything and disagreed on a few points. They were comparing their maps of the territory of therapy and they concluded that, without knowing it, they had been fellow-travellers for several years. This was the start of a lifelong friendship and collaboration.

Now, in 2015, the Solution Focused approach has proved to be a valid, helpful and economic way of helping people to change in their desired direction. It has evolved a lot since that trip from Paris to Bruges, and will continue to evolve. Solution-focused therapists, nureses, educators, coaches, managment consultants etc., all have contributed from their perspective to the ever-larger field of Solution-Focused pratice. What binds us together is the exchange about our different views on how we help our clients.

And as ideas are evolving, the map SFT is, is evolving to... What belongs tot SFT and what doesn't? Do we need the miracle question?
Are tasks to be given or not? Who decides what is fitting? And at the same time it seems as if amid the growing evidence and the growing popularity, some of us tend to narrow down the solution focuses scope.
This is the challenge for the 2016 EBTA-conference: to give voice to all the different inspiring SFT-maps, to leave our comfort zone and be open to diversity in approach, all within the SFT-framework.
We want to hear as many voices as possible, all the different maps in interaction, in spontaneous meeting, in contact with as many participants as possible.

There are so many maps now to describe the territory in a Solution Focused way. We want to give a voice to everyone who has contributed to this diversity.

Luc Isebaert
Myriam Le Fevere-de ten Hove