Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association Annual Conference
Montreal, November 6-9, 2019
Brigitte Lavoie is proud to chair the organizing committee for the SFBTA annual conference in Montreal. If you would like to receive information about the conference and from the SFBTA, please sign up below.
Depression and recovery: fostering sustainable solutions
Solution focused brief approach: level 1
Solution focused brief approach: level 2
Solution focused brief approach for youth and their families
Grief and trauma: promoting post-traumatic growth
Anxiety disorders: fostering sustainable solutions
Solution Focused World Conference
Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology
SFBTA Annual conference with Heather Fiske, 2016
Abridged presentation: Fostering hope: solution focused stories about suicide prevention
Brigitte Lavoie has been a psychologist since 1989. She has taken, developed, and given training in brief therapy and crisis intervention for more than 20 years. Although best known for her work in suicide prevention in Quebec, she began her career in school psychology in New Brunswick and has been a consultant for several employee assistance programs. Her career has included work as a psychotherapist, clinical consultant, supervisor, and manager and this has allowed her to understand and focus on the challenges of implementing and sustaining change in organizations. She has devoted her career to contributing to the improvement of mental health services. She is known for her passion for storytelling, her respect for clients, and her determination to improve services while protecting the wellbeing of mental health professionals as well as their clients. Lavoie has presented at conferences in Canada, the US, and Europe. Her training programs focus on competency building and concrete tools for clinicians.
Sharon Casey has a background in teaching and adult education. Since 2009, she has trained nearly 1,500 practitioners and gatekeepers in suicide prevention in educational settings and health and social services agencies, in the private sector, and in non-profit organizations. In particular, she has trained professionals in the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services program Best practices in suicide intervention. She has also taught students with personal and academic difficulties (e.g. new immigrants, youth and adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems) and adolescents and young adults in drug rehabilitation centres. Sharon has a particular interest in the adaptation of services to better reach men and boys, and in reaching populations in the context of social inequalities. Her interests and convictions have led her to develop an expertise in the solution-focused approach. Her goal is to promote the application of this approach in educational settings. She is a trainer who is focused on creating the best conditions for learning and she is recognized for her ability to transmit serious and sensitive ideas with a touch of humour.