Does your office seem to have a revolving door with a stream of students, teachers and parents coming through it?
At times do you struggle to manage the behavior or actions of ‘difficult’ students?
Do teachers and parents expect you to have all of the answers for ‘impossible’ situations?
You probably feeling overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of student issues you’re asked to deal with every day.
At times, you may feel out of control, under prepared, or at best frustrated, by ongoing issues such as school refusal, students failing certain classes, the levels of anxiety and depression, how to handle ADHD or even trauma…
To eliminate the exasperation of dealing with so many difficult situations, I invite you to try the SOLUTION-FOCUSED APPROACH, so that students begin seeing themselves as successful, teachers can solve their own student-related issues and create a climate of respect and engagement. That will help you to
see fewer students in your office!
Author of 11 Books
Creator of The Solution Focused School Conference
Professor & Director of the School Counseling Program at Texas Wesleyan University
My name is Dr Linda Metcalf and I’m on a mission to help school counselors to increase their effectiveness in helping students succeed.
I was once a middle school teacher, then became a school counselor and later a therapist.
I discovered that the SOLUTION-FOCUSED APPROACH
is the simplest and fastest method to manage any challenge and navigate through ‘impossible’ situations. I wrote the best-selling book Counseling Towards Solutions, along with 10 others.
I’m now an international speaker and host podcasts, webinars and conferences… dedicated to helping school counselors, like you, to implement the solution-focused approach in schools.
Maybe you’ve tried the tough conversations with a student and their parents but the situation became more inflamed because they’re either apathetic or disagree with you.
Perhaps you’ve even tried involving the teacher, but they just can’t see past the ‘problem student’.
Maybe you’ve tried an exercise to improve interpersonal communications with parents and teachers only to see it turn into a battleground where someone else is to blame!
You might even have searched for helpful resources but just not had enough time to wade through everything, nor the confidence to apply it.
The simplest and fastest way to assist challenging students is to use the SOLUTION-FOCUSED APPROACH in a systemic way that brings teachers and students together in a conversation that identifies their combined best hopes and to imagine a preferred future together.
This empowers and motivates even the ‘most challenging’ students and teachers to try new interactions. It also increases their likelihood of following through with the behavioral changes that they created themselves.
The SOLUTION-FOCUSED APPROACH is a mindset that can be learned, applied, and practiced. By practicing the approach, you will begin to see immediate results for everyone you encounter in school. It just takes a determination to stay on track with the solution focused approach.
Dr Metcalf knows how to turn difficult, dreaded conversations into life-changing moments filled with possibilities for lasting positive change!
Patricia Gatlin, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT
Dr Metcalf brings a wealth of knowledge and experience applying the Solution Focused model to real world applications. When she is asked a question, her response is so tailored and helpful that you can’t wait to try it yourself. I have grown as a Solution Focused counselor with her help and guidance, which in turn has helped those around me grow using the Solution Focused model.
Kevin Kracker, M.Ed., CSC, Hubenak Elementary Counselor
I have been able to apply the strategies and essence of the solution focused model effectively in my career as a school counselor, with the guidance and expertise captured in Dr Metcalf’s workshops.
Arlene Bonilla, MSSC, LPC-I
I heartily recommend Dr Linda Metcalf's work that shows people in all walks of life, from children to adults, how to communicate from a different perspective to actually solve their own problems. Her work was groundbreaking in 1995 and continues today. To her I say, please carry on. You help to make this a better world.
Connie Kallback, Former Acquisitions Editor at Prentice-Hall Direct
Dr Linda Metcalf is masterful at sharing how to have Solution Focused conversations with students, teachers an parents. Such conversations result in self-realized behavior changes for students, accountability for teachers and administrators and greatly reduced stress for all. I can't imagine working with students and families any other way.
Jennifer Roberts, Ed.D., LPC-S, Director Student Services, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District
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