The Korzybski Institute, birthplace of the Bruges Model is one of the oldest and largest Solution Focused training and research institutes in the world.

A short history

The first Korzybski Institutes, those of Belgium, France and the Netherlands, were founded in 1982 as training institutes in systemic and Ericksonian psychotherapy.

In 2010 they were united in Korzybski International.

After the development of the first element of the Bruges model, the vision on therapy as restoring freedom of choice, and the resulting attention for the patient's own goals, for his competencies and for the exceptions to symptom behaviour, followed in 1990 the contact with Steve de Shazer. The solution-oriented model he developed appeared to be so similar to the Bruges vision that it seemed obvious that it would fit in with this movement.

The later development of the theory of habits brought a connection to the ideas of cognitive behavioural therapy. Hence the model is now described as solution-oriented cognitive therapy or as solution-oriented cognitive and systemic therapy, because systemic thinking continues to play an important role in our practice.

Finally, in 2008 there was the collaboration with Barry Duncan, Scott Miller and Bruce Wampold, the most important representative of the Client Directed, Outcome Informed movement, who took over Jerome Frank's and Michael Lambert's torch in research into what works in psychotherapy, i.e. which therapy is truly evidence-based. The general factors (Common Factors or Non-Specific Factors) and client feedback appear to account for the lion's share of the result. And let this be what the Bruges Model is all about.

Korzybski international

Korzybski International and/or its staff members are (mostly founding) members of the IASTI (International Association of Solution-Focused Teaching Institutes), the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA), the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), the European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA), the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA), of the Solutions in Organisations Linkup (SOL), of the Belgian Association of System Psychotherapy Trainers (BVOS), of the Belgian Association for Relationship and Family Therapy and System Intervention (BVRGS), the Association Européenne pour la Recherche en Thérapie systémique (AERTS) and last but not least: the Flemish Association of Experts in Solution-Focused Cognitive and Systemic Therapy, Educational Science and Coaching (VVDO).

A number of the staff members are or were also active in other institutes, such as the Cercles de Compétences in Lyon (France), the Cerfasy in Neuchâtel (Switzerland), the Institute for Solution- Focused Therapy in Chicago and Sturgeon Bay, WI (USA). Korzyski International also cooperates, in Belgium with the Faculty of Psychology of the Université de Mons-Hainaut and with Howest, in the Netherlands with the RINO Noord-Holland in Amsterdam and with Talent in Eckelrade, in Peru with the Centro Latino de Teràpia Sistemica Breve, and with the Heart and Soul of Change Project (USA).

Training institute

Korzybski International currently organizes a four-year training in Solution-Focused Cognitive and Systemic Therapy (post-graduate level), a two-year counsellor training (post-graduate level) and a 12-day practitioners training. These trainings in Bruges, Antwerp and sometimes Ghent are attended by over two hundred students each year.

The Korzybski Institute has produced several thousands of Solution Focused Alumni in over three decades of its existence.

Current staff-members of the institute