Linda Metcalf, Ph.D., TEDx Speaker, and best-selling author of Counseling Toward Solutions, presents...

The 6th Annual

Solution Focused School Conference

Strong Minds,

Safe Schools

A Live Streamed Virtual Event

August 1 & 2, 2024

8:30am to 5pm CST

2

Days

8

Countries

18+

Speakers

16

CEUs

1000s

Practical Ideas

"A conference full of presentations by experts from across the globe who share a passion for children, their families, and building hope."

Joy Blythe

'23 Conference Delegate

"This event is a must-attend for anyone looking to enhance their professional skills and be at the forefront of solution-focused approaches in their field."

Heather Williams

'23 Conference Delegate

"I would say that this is the best solution-focused conference there is, that really gives you the basics and some advanced knowledge."

Jennifer Quintana

'23 Conference Delegate

Build Resilience... Ensure Safety... Inspire Transformation

Build Resilience, Ensure Safety, Inspire Transformation

Cultivating Mental Strength

The Solution Focused School Conference equips you with tools and strategies to nurture resilience and mental strength among students, preparing them to face challenges confidently and constructively.

Creating Inclusive, Safe Learning Environments

The Solution Focused School Conference teaches you effective approaches to build inclusive, safe spaces where every student feels valued and protected, crucial for their emotional and intellectual growth.

Empowering You to Inspire Change

The Solution Focused School Conference gives you the knowledge and confidence to implement solution-focused practices that inspire positive behavioral and academic changes in your school.

Diverse Topics, Relevant Information & New Insights

  • Gain practical tools and strategies for helping students develop their own goals quickly

  • Learn from solution-focused experts from across the US and around the world

  • Network with other school counselors facing similar challenges

  • Earn continuing education units (CEUs) to advance your career

  • Access to exclusive presenter handouts and materials to support your work

  • Be empowered and inspired to make a difference in your professional life

What to Expect from the Conference

This virtual live-streamed conference will equip you with actionable ideas ready for implementation on the very next school day.

You'll be inspired by distinctive and remarkable tales and examples that demonstrate the solution-focused method's impact on children, teenagers, parents, and educators.

Woman watching a live stream presentation on a laptop

Live Streamed Presentations over 2 Days

Digital vault of exclusive presentation resources

Exclusive Access to Presentation Resources

Private interactive online community portal

Private Interactive Online Community Portal

Certificates with up to 15 CUs

Certificates with up to 16 Continuing Education Units

Private On-Demand Video Library of Session Recordings

Private On-Demand Video Library of Session Recordings

"It is a must if you are going to have success in impacting the lives of our students."

Eligia Hodges

'23 Conference Delegate

"This conference is amazing and there is a lot of information to learn about the solution-focused approach. There are many strategies to utilize at all grade levels."

Katie Ledbetter

'23 Conference Delegate

"So helpful and on target. All techniques and advice are applicable. Great handouts."

Valerie Vincent

'23 Conference Delegate

Buy Your 2024 Conference Tickets Now

Early Bird Pass

$197 $157

2 Days Live Stream Access

Interactive Community Portal

Presentation Resources

Up to 16 CEUs

Library of Recorded Sessions

Group Pass

for 5 Delegates

$685

$137/delegate

2 Days Live Stream Access

Interactive Community Portal

Presentation Resources

Up to 16 CEUs

Library of Recorded Sessions

"You can't say no to signing up for such a wonderful conference."

Mario Salcedo

"This conference will ignite your why - why you joined this profession in the first place!"

Terri Chapa

"Inspiring, practical ideas - not just philosophy. Encouraging and positive!

Julie Oldham

"I would recommend all teachers and school staff attend this training to learn skills to best support their students and help their job to be less stressful."

Mariela Lopez

"This event will take your classroom management to the next level. It will empower your kiddos in a way they have never thought of! It will change YOUR perspective of your students and teaching, in the best way!"

Cheri Rasmussen

"I would recommend this to everyone who is not familiar with solution focused schools so they can gain a better understanding of how it can change a school’s culture."

Alani Staples

"This conference will help you make a difference and be a better person. Love that it is international and diverse."

Linda Gerberich

"This conference was exceptional, validating, and affirming!"

Diane Gutierrez

"Be open minded and come expecting to learn something new. I don’t know what you would do to make this conference better!"

Debbie Hornaday

"A breath of fresh air! All the components of guiding students in learning from their own solutions - letting them own it."

Lisa Burdick

"THANK YOU for allowing us worldwide to attend and putting such a rich program together."

Katalin Hankovszky

"Loads of school specific help for everyone in the building. Try SF. You will feel good about the power you can give to others."

Mark Jones

"This is the best resource I have personally used/experienced for a dive into Solution-Focused methods, especially if SF is new to you. This is my favorite conference every year that I've attended."

Rhonda Kane

"This event is essential to our daily activities and endeavors as educators, counselors and administrators who care and invest so much in our students."

Suzanne Walters

"A great way to sample different ideas and approaches from around the world for all levels. Online format is a blessing because travelling to a conference like this from Europe would be out of the question. Thank you so much!"

Saphena Gohil

"This event helps educators focus on being proactive to prevent being reactive to the negative behaviors that are presented on the surface of our learners."

Debbie Hornaday

"This is a new way to talk to kids to empower them to keep moving forward and change the way they talk to themselves and think about themselves."

Jessica Stewart

"This is a conference about small gestures that have strong impacts - easy to implement and needed in our profession."

Carolyn Becker

"A wealth of practical and useful information and tools."

Chris Simonson

"Necessary & insightful!"

Mary Muang

"An abundance of new information!"

Laura Herrera

"EPIC must see resource to help make you a better counselor and more confident in your role. Simple stuff that works!"

L. McCullion

"Practical, real life examples about how to move towards solution focused schools."

Corinne Guy

"This is definitely a valuable source of relatable information to make our work easier and more rewarding."

Robin Gray

"So many very knowledgeable and passionate people who know solution focused work, coming together to share themselves with us."

S. Karley

"An amazing way to learn new strategies of communication, relationship building and focusing on a solution rather than a punishment or consequence."

Michelle Minor

"I wish my whole school could attend. The information was practical, backed up with the why along with research for its effectiveness, and most of all the inspiration it has given me."

Amy Smith

© Solution Focused Schools Unlimited 2024

2024 Conference Schedule

Thursday, July 27

Click a topic to see more detail

(All times listed are CST)

WELCOME MESSAGE

08:30am

Linda Metcalf

Director, Solution Focused Schools

Unlimited

Fort Worth, Texas

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of shared aspiration as we kick off our 5th Annual Solution Focused School Conference. Prepare to embark on a journey that will inspire, motivate, and equip you to create transformative change in your school community.

KEYNOTE | Solution Focused Play TherapyYour Title Here

8:45am

Becky Taylor

Professor of Counselling,

Texas Christian University Fort Worth,

Texas

Embark on a captivating journey through the realm of Solution-Focused Play Therapy (SFPT). This enlightening presentation will guide you through its significance, its adaptive potential for special needs, essentials to assemble, and the specific techniques that resonate with children in a school setting. It's not just an overview; it's a masterclass in empowering children to realize their inner strength.

Solution Focused Trauma Support in Schools

09:40am

Joe George

Walworth Barbour American

International School

Israel

Unveil the power of the solution-focused approach in navigating the turbulent seas of traumatic events. Discover how this method can pave the way for effective learning and accelerated healing in students. This session is about more than just understanding trauma; it's about kindling the beacon of hope amidst the storm.

Thursday, July 27

Solution-Focused Strategies for School Administrators

10:45am

Marcella Stark

Associate Professor of Counseling,

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

Join us as we delve into the heart of a public school district, revealing the transformative power of solution-focused strategies. Learn from real-world experiences how these principals can enhance interactions with teachers, staff, students, and parents, and unlock the secrets of effective teacher supervision and conflict resolution.

"5 Minutes is Enough" - Super-Brief School Counseling

11:40am

Matvey Berkhin

Solution-Focused Counselor & School Psychologist

Moscow, Russia

Tune in to an inspiring tale from a school counselor in Russia, making waves with just two hours per week. Learn how concise, 5-minute sessions have catalyzed significant changes, proving that even the briefest moments can ripple into vast transformations.

LUNCH + Lunchtime Chat!

12.25pm

Tamara Doskocil

Elementary School Counselor

North Richland Hills, Texas

Join us for a fun and playful narrative of Groggy Froggy's personal journey of loss, grief, and love. Be inspired by this tale of a little frog with big dreams, underscoring the lesson that those we love leap with us, even when they are gone.

KEYNOTE | The Countdown to Success: An Exercise to Help Staff Get into the Solution Focused MindsetLUNCH + Lunchtime Chat!

1:00pm

Alice Cedillo

Elementary School Counselor, Keller

ISD

Keller, Texas

Experience the magic of the solution-focused approach in action, as Alice Cedillo shares a powerful exercise that redefined her school environment. Learn how this simple practice cultivated a more joyful staff and inspired students to reach for their personal best.

Infusing Solution-Focused Questions into Every Conversation!

1:55pm 

Cher Kretz

School Counselor, Solution Focused

Life Coach

Riveride, California

Discover the art of embedding solution-focused questions into every dialogue, no matter the concern or circumstance. This session will empower you with the tools to transform each conversation into a stepping stone towards solutions, fostering an environment that nurtures positivity and progress.

BREAK & DRAWING FOR FREE STUFF

Solution-Focused Strategies for School Administrators

10:45am

Marcella Stark

Associate Professor of Counseling,

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

Join us as we delve into the heart of a public school district, revealing the transformative power of solution-focused strategies. Learn from real-world experiences how these principals can enhance interactions with teachers, staff, students, and parents, and unlock the secrets of effective teacher supervision and conflict resolution.

"5 Minutes is Enough" - Super-Brief School Counseling

11:40am

Matvey Berkhin

Solution-Focused Counselor & School Psychologist

Moscow, Russia

Tune in to an inspiring tale from a school counselor in Russia, making waves with just two hours per week. Learn how concise, 5-minute sessions have catalyzed significant changes, proving that even the briefest moments can ripple into vast transformations.

LUNCH + Lunchtime Chat!

12.25pm

Tamara Doskocil

Elementary School Counselor

North Richland Hills, Texas

Join us for a fun and playful narrative of Groggy Froggy's personal journey of loss, grief, and love. Be inspired by this tale of a little frog with big dreams, underscoring the lesson that those we love leap with us, even when they are gone.

Friday, July 28

Click a topic to see more detail

(All times listed are CST)

WELCOME MESSAGE

08:30am

Linda Metcalf

Director, Solution Focused Schools

Unlimited

Fort Worth, Texas

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of shared aspiration as we kick off our 5th Annual Solution Focused School Conference. Prepare to embark on a journey that will inspire, motivate, and equip you to create transformative change in your school community.

KEYNOTE | Solution Focused Play TherapyYour Title Here

8:45am

Becky Taylor

Professor of Counselling,

Texas Christian University Fort Worth,

Texas

Embark on a captivating journey through the realm of Solution-Focused Play Therapy (SFPT). This enlightening presentation will guide you through its significance, its adaptive potential for special needs, essentials to assemble, and the specific techniques that resonate with children in a school setting. It's not just an overview; it's a masterclass in empowering children to realize their inner strength.

Solution Focused Trauma Support in Schools

09:40am

Joe George

Walworth Barbour American

International School

Israel

Unveil the power of the solution-focused approach in navigating the turbulent seas of traumatic events. Discover how this method can pave the way for effective learning and accelerated healing in students. This session is about more than just understanding trauma; it's about kindling the beacon of hope amidst the storm.

Thursday, July 27

Solution-Focused Strategies for School Administrators

10:45am

Marcella Stark

Associate Professor of Counseling,

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

Join us as we delve into the heart of a public school district, revealing the transformative power of solution-focused strategies. Learn from real-world experiences how these principals can enhance interactions with teachers, staff, students, and parents, and unlock the secrets of effective teacher supervision and conflict resolution.

"5 Minutes is Enough" - Super-Brief School Counseling

11:40am

Matvey Berkhin

Solution-Focused Counselor & School Psychologist

Moscow, Russia

Tune in to an inspiring tale from a school counselor in Russia, making waves with just two hours per week. Learn how concise, 5-minute sessions have catalyzed significant changes, proving that even the briefest moments can ripple into vast transformations.

LUNCH + Lunchtime Chat!

12.25pm

Tamara Doskocil

Elementary School Counselor

North Richland Hills, Texas

Join us for a fun and playful narrative of Groggy Froggy's personal journey of loss, grief, and love. Be inspired by this tale of a little frog with big dreams, underscoring the lesson that those we love leap with us, even when they are gone.

KEYNOTE | The Countdown to Success: An Exercise to Help Staff Get into the Solution Focused MindsetLUNCH + Lunchtime Chat!

1:00pm

Alice Cedillo

Elementary School Counselor, Keller

ISD

Keller, Texas

Experience the magic of the solution-focused approach in action, as Alice Cedillo shares a powerful exercise that redefined her school environment. Learn how this simple practice cultivated a more joyful staff and inspired students to reach for their personal best.

Infusing Solution-Focused Questions into Every Conversation!

1:55pm 

Cher Kretz

School Counselor, Solution Focused

Life Coach

Riveride, California

Discover the art of embedding solution-focused questions into every dialogue, no matter the concern or circumstance. This session will empower you with the tools to transform each conversation into a stepping stone towards solutions, fostering an environment that nurtures positivity and progress.

BREAK & DRAWING FOR FREE STUFF

Solution-Focused Strategies for School Administrators

10:45am

Marcella Stark

Associate Professor of Counseling,

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

Join us as we delve into the heart of a public school district, revealing the transformative power of solution-focused strategies. Learn from real-world experiences how these principals can enhance interactions with teachers, staff, students, and parents, and unlock the secrets of effective teacher supervision and conflict resolution.

"5 Minutes is Enough" - Super-Brief School Counseling

11:40am

Matvey Berkhin

Solution-Focused Counselor & School Psychologist

Moscow, Russia

Tune in to an inspiring tale from a school counselor in Russia, making waves with just two hours per week. Learn how concise, 5-minute sessions have catalyzed significant changes, proving that even the briefest moments can ripple into vast transformations.

LUNCH + Lunchtime Chat!

12.25pm

Tamara Doskocil

Elementary School Counselor

North Richland Hills, Texas

Join us for a fun and playful narrative of Groggy Froggy's personal journey of loss, grief, and love. Be inspired by this tale of a little frog with big dreams, underscoring the lesson that those we love leap with us, even when they are gone.

Keynote Speakers in 2024

Featuring solution-focused experts live streamed from around the world

Solution Focused Play Therapy

Becky Taylor

Keeping the Dream Alive inside EVERY Student!

Elliott Connie

De-escalating the Threat of School Violence

Linda Metcalf

Countdown to Success: Help Staff Get Into the SF Mindset

Alice Cedillo

Mission Possible! SF Coaching for Adolescents

Caroline Beumer-Peeters