Dr Ben Furman is an internationally recognised psychiatrist, trainer and therapist. He is renowned internationally as a trainer of solution-focused therapy and an active innovator of solution-focused methods and tool for therapists, leaders and staff of organizations. Together with Tapani Ahola , Ben founded the Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute where Ben works as a trainer of solution-focused therapy, coaching and organizational development. Ben has also been an active media personality. The institute provides training in solution-focused therapy and coaching.
Ben studied psychotherapy during his specialization and was accredited by the Finnish ministry of health as a psychotherapist in 1995 and trainer of psychotherapy in 2007. For a number of years, he acted as the founding editor of the Finnish Journal of Family Therapy published by the Finnish Association of Mental Health. He used to host his own TV-program (200 episodes) and has also run his own call-in radio program, both on Finnish National Broadcasting Company YLE.
He is the author of twenty books, many of which have been translated to a number of foreign languages. Some of his books are Solution Talk: Hosting Therapeutic Conversations, Never Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood: Turning Your Past Traumas to Resources for Your Future, and Kids’ Skills in Action: A Solution-focused Method for Coaching Children to Overcome Difficulties.
He’s known as a very entertaining presenter with great knowledge of the clinical applications of Solution-focused Therapy.