Michael Durrant


Solution Focused Brief Therapy | Supervision | Positive Schools


Australia's Leading Solution Focused Trainer

Michael Durrant is Australia's leading international trainer of Solution Focused Brief Therapy. He is a psychologist and director of the Brief Therapy Institute of Sydney, Founding President of the Australasian Association for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Education and Social Work - University of Sydney, and a visiting faculty to the Special Education Program - Fontys University, The Netherlands. He has published four books (including Creative Strategies in Schools) and numerous articles, and is particularly known for the application of Solution-Focused interventions in school and mental health contexts.

Inspirational and charismatic, Michael’s vast knowledge in this area, when combined with his interactive and engaging teaching style and thoughtful use of case study material, mean that these seminars will be extremely useful for anyone working, teaching or supporting clients.



Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a user-friendly and evidence-based approach that is effective with a range of mental health and well-being issues including anxiety, depression and trauma.


Solution Focused Leadership

The Solution Focused Leadership approach focuses on solutions rather than concentrating on how to solve the problem, meaning your organisation's time and focus is spent on developing action steps towards solutions and your clients' improved outcomes. 

POSITIVE SCHOOLS: How to get students to take responsibility for change

When classrooms and schools, focus on what students are doing wrong the opportunity for change gets lost in the negative effects of the “blame game” as students disengage and staff feel frustrated. Working with students/staff with "strengths-based" or “solution-focused” principles, has real impact on the "climate" of the school and has measurable effects in terms of academic performance, discipline, truancy and staff morale, as students and staff begin their own change process by noticing when a problem does not occur rather than focusing on the problem or what caused it. 

POST TRAUMATIC SUCCESS: Solution-Focused Approaches for Trauma, Loss and Grief

This workshop focuses on adolescents and adults who have experienced sexual abuse, violence, natural disaster and other kinds of trauma and who present with difficulties of guilt, depression, poor self-esteem, relationship problems, etc. It offers a practical framework for therapy derived from Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), the strengths perspective, positive psychology and resilience research. The course includes practical exercises that can be used with individuals or groups that assist in identifying, strengthening and harnessing personal strengths and resources in the wake of traumatic events. For professionals working with trauma, loss and grief, this workshop offers practical direction, new skills and optimistic viewpoints for assisting people struggling with their traumatic past.

These topics can be delivered as a keynote or workshop (one or two days)

and can be tailored to your audience (practitioners, educators, parents).




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Research Evidence


MacDonald "an average of 3-5 sessions”, based on data collected on over 5000 cases.

There are now over 32 published research studies in solution focused brief therapy which show successful outcomes in 65 - 83% of cases. The highest satisfaction ratings come from clients themselves. Some of the research studies relate to very serious mental health problems, drug and alcohol use, criminal behaviour and domestic violence.

Please visit BRIEF UK for more research evidence

With thanks to BRIEF and Dr Alasdair Macdonald for their help in compiling this summary of outcome studies.