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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Orienting Solutions 2013: Solution-focused, enactive and narrative research conference, 19-20 Sep 2013, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK

This conference explicitly connects the existing non-pathologising and language focused practices 
of solution-focused (SF), narrative and discursive therapies with recent theoretical developments 
in enactivism, Wittgensteinian, narrative and discursive psychology.  SF therapy has been seen in 
the past as a neat practical twist for working with clients.  This conference is about setting SF 
work in a wider landscape of ideas, to show this simple practice in a richer and more compelling 
light.  We also seek connections with academics and others looking for practical aspects of 
post-structural linguistics and enactive/embodied cognition.  We invite academics, practitioners,
managers and policy makers to see both practice and theory in a new light.   

The event is a collaboration between SFCT and the philosophy and nursing/social work departments 
at UH.  This event is a start to building better and more useful connections between theory and 
practice.  The conference will present and build dialogues around these topics: The future of 
therapeutic practice from non-pathologising, enactive and post-structural perspectives The latest 
research into SF work in all fields  therapy, social work, educational and organisational contexts
Different conceptions of theory and how it can play a role in the famously atheoretical  world 
of SF practice Different modes of research which can be applied in this area Latest developments 
in enactive, embodied and narrative thinking Issues for future policy in health and other circles 
Further ways to develop connections between academic s and practitioners for the benefit of all 

Invited speakers already attending include: 
Dr Alasdair Macdonald (former research co-ordinator, EBTA)  The fast-expanding field of SF 
outcome research 
Prof Dan Hutto (University of Hertfordshire): Radical enactivism and narrative 
Prof Gale Miller (Marquette University, Milwaukee) 
Prof Janet Bavelas (University of Victoria) Microanalysis of therapeutic conversations (tbc) 
Chris Iveson (BRIEF, London) From solution to description 
Michael Durrant (University of Sydney) 
Dr Mark McKergow:  SF work and the emergence of narrative 
Rayya Ghul (Canterbury Christchurch University) Research methodologies 
Dr Daniele Moyal-Sharrock (University of Hertfordshire)  SF work as applied Wittgenstein 

We invite presentations/sessions of 30 and 45 minutes, and also poster presentations.  Please
submit an abstract of up to 500 words to by 
June 15, 2013.   Presenters will not be required to submit papers in advance of the conference. 

We are intending to offer publication of papers later in a special issue if the SFCT journal 
InterAction ( and possibly elsewhere.  
Potential topics for sessions might include: New research or work-in-progress into solution 
focused practice in any field Historical developments of SF work  from different perspectives 
Frameworks of how we might view and understand what happens in SF work  from a variety of 
perspectives Engaging policy makers and other professionals in seeing the benefits of SF work 
Conference committee:  (To act as an advisory board and help to guide and steer the development 
of the event) Prof Dan Hutto, Dept of Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire Prof Brian 
Littlechild, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire 
Dr Mark McKergow, Dept of Philosophy, UH and SFCT Board member Louise Doel, Lecturer, 
Nursing and Social Work, UH Kirsten Dierolf, President, SFCT Dr Daniele Moyal-Sharrock, 
University of Herfordshire and British Wittgenstein Society 

The date of the event is close to the EBTA conference on 27-29 September (  
This is intended as a constructive combination.  For those coming from other continents  it 
offers a chance to take in both events.  For those of us in Europe, the travelling costs will 
be the same whenever its held.  So, in order to get the maximum number of interested parties 
to come, we chose a date close to EBTA.We are also reaching out to a wider audience of academics 
from related therapy, nursing & social work, philosophy of mind etc, from the UK and elsewhere, 
and those people are not engaged with SF much right now (though they might be in the future if 
they get interested in whats going on).