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Weekly articles for school counselors with ideas on how to resolve typical school situations with students, teachers and parents using the solution focused approach.

The Force Is With You… Just Don’t Leave it at School!

The Force Is With You… Just Don’t Leave it at School!

You can take the solution force anywhere, and the more you practice it, the better you get at it. So, why not summer? Here's how... ...more

Solution Focused

May 22, 20232 min read

End the School Year by Doing Less!

End the School Year by Doing Less!

Save your energy and be energized by the reactions you get when you use the do less skill... ...more

Solution Focused

May 15, 20233 min read

In the End. Be at Your Best Every Day

In the End. Be at Your Best Every Day

We are all part of a system. Our families, schools, communities, and more are all systems, and when something changes, even on a small scale, we feel it. So, here’s an experiment that invites you to i... ...more

Solution Focused

May 08, 20233 min read

In the Middle of Doing Well

In the Middle of Doing Well

There are still tests to give, reports to submit, student projects to finish, and plans for next year to complete. The school year is not done yet, so here's a way to enjoy the countdown... ...more

Solution Focused

May 01, 20231 min read

The Beginning of Finishing Well

The Beginning of Finishing Well

Keep your core values close, ask yourself this solution-focused question... and finish your school year well. ...more

Solution Focused

April 24, 20232 min read

To Praise or Be Amazed: What’s the Difference?

To Praise or Be Amazed: What’s the Difference?

No matter what the dilemma is, every person in front of you is an expert, and your job is to ask questions that uncover the expert. To help your clients bring that expertise into the conversation, try... ...more

Solution Focused

April 17, 20231 min read

Solution Focused Documenting: Writing Down What Works

Solution Focused Documenting: Writing Down What Works

At some point in your school counseling career you may end up in court, and having a solution-focused set of notes reduces any courtroom stress and leaves less room for interrogation. Plus, there are ... ...more

Solution Focused

April 10, 20233 min read

From Threat to Strengths: Diminishing the Possibility of School Violence

From Threat to Strengths: Diminishing the Possibility of School Violence

While we should always be cautious about students that make threats, by bringing out the assets of the student from other times and places, we can create a new discourse that is supportive to using fa... ...more

Solution Focused

April 02, 20234 min read

Got Complaining, Students, Teachers, and Parents?

Got Complaining, Students, Teachers, and Parents?

When we find our way in, to cooperate with what people are so passionate about, solutions come easier. We can and still must follow policy, but we enlist the “complainants” in the solution building. ...more

Solution Focused

March 27, 20233 min read

Kids’ Skills for Adults! How to end this school year well!

Kids’ Skills for Adults! How to end this school year well!

Kids’Skills is a solution focused approach that children can use to develop skills to overcome various concerns. But what if we used it for educators too? ...more

Solution Focused

March 20, 20232 min read

The Misunderstood Student:  An Experiment in Compliance

The Misunderstood Student: An Experiment in Compliance

If you have ever tried to convince a resistant adolescent to try something new, you know that it will not work. So, the solution focused approach guides us to a whole new approach. The following is a ... ...more

Solution Focused

March 13, 20235 min read

Desperate for Solutions? Keep an Eye Out for Exception

Desperate for Solutions? Keep an Eye Out for Exception

Solution building is much more efficient when we watch out for exceptions and use them in our plan to help students. Exceptions are times when behaviors or situations occur less, or not at all. Someti... ...more

Solution Focused

March 06, 20234 min read

Want to Solve Problem? Stop Worrying About them.

Want to Solve Problem? Stop Worrying About them.

When a client is dealing with a tough situation, our job is to simply bring out the awesomeness in the client. Here's an example... ...more

Solution Focused

February 24, 20234 min read

When You Meet a Challenging Student: Do this!

When You Meet a Challenging Student: Do this!

People are often misrepresented because of the labels or challenges that they take on and live through, thinking that “it’s who I am.” Here's a challenge for you to try this week with a student who ha... ...more

Solution Focused

February 20, 20232 min read

Got Disrespectful Student: Tried Everything

Got Disrespectful Student: Tried Everything

If you ever find yourself being disrespected by students, try this for five minutes during the first few moments of a class... ...more

Solution Focused

February 13, 20232 min read

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