Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools

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In this webinar, Dr. Murphy breaks down the main tasks and techniques of Solution-Focused Counseling, providing you with a solid foundation to this approach. Through demonstrations using video examples, Dr. Murphy shows how Solution-Focused Counseling can be applied effectively in real-life school scenarios. Throughout the webinar, Dr. Murphy shares practical guidelines for Solution-Focused Counseling, offering actionable strategies to enhance your counseling sessions and drive positive change in students’ lives. Furthermore, he’ll explore the features of Solution-Focused Counseling that school psychologists find especially appealing, shedding light on how practical and effective it is in educational contexts. Dr. Murphy shares his own personal experience as a practicing school psychologist, and how he was able to implement solution-focused counseling to better help students, even with a heavy assessment caseload. Dr. Murphy’s expertise, practical demonstrations, and insightful techniques make for an informative and inspiring webinar, and it’s a great opportunity to learn from one of the leading experts in the field.

Released in September of 2023, this individual webinar can be purchased for $25 (scroll down to purchase). The content in this webinar is intertwined with Domains 2, 4, and 6 of the NASP Practice Model.’s recorded webinars are non-refundable. Attendees who complete this 1.5-hour webinar will receive 1.5 NASP-Approved CPD credit.

Learning Objectives:

Webinar participants will obtain knowledge and skills to help them:

1. Distinguish key differences between solution-focused and problem-focused counseling.

2. Identify the client’s/student’s best hopes from counseling. 

3. Elicit a detailed description of the students’ preferred future.

4. Identify exceptions to the problem and other student resources.

5. Use 0-10 scaling questions to explore students’ progress toward desired outcomes.


John Murphy is a Professor of Psychology & counseling at the University of Central Arkansas, a former finalist for NASP School Psychologist of the Year, and an internationally recognized practitioner, author, and trainer of collaborative, solution-focused approaches with young people, families, and school problems. He taught in public schools before working as a full-time school psychologist in Covington (KY, USA) Public Schools for 13 years. Dr. Murphy continues to provide therapeutic and consultation services to young people, adults, families, schools, and other agencies. His books have been translated into multiple languages, including the recent 3rd edition of the award-winning book, Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools. His work is featured in the NY Times bestseller Switch and the DVD training series, Child Therapy with the Experts. Dr. Murphy serves as a consultant and trainer for the North American Chinese Psychological Association (NACPA) and a Project Director with the Heart & Soul of Change Project, an international research/advocacy group that promotes respectful, client-directed services for marginalized persons of all ages and circumstances. He is a sought-after keynote and workshop speaker who has presented to thousands of helping professionals, teachers, parents, and others throughout the US, Europe, China, Japan, New Zealand, Vietnam, Canada, and elsewhere. His workshops are consistently rated as practical and inspiring.

Attendee Feedback:

“This presentation was amazing! Just the right amount of real life examples mixed with the process of solution focused counseling.” -Steven

“The presenter was an expert in utilizing Solution-Focused counseling. I enjoyed his use of prerecorded mock counseling sessions to better observe the method in practice. I thought the training was great and wouldn’t change any aspect of it.” -Ashley

 “I really appreciated seeing the videos included in the presentation. You can see how it all works. Which makes it easier to imagine how to apply in your own practice. I enjoyed the presentation greatly.” -Enilda

“Lots of examples of language to use, questions, etc. to help understand how to use this technique in real life” – Keri

“Watching an example is so much more beneficial than just teaching so thank you for providing examples!” – Bobbi Sue

“I really enjoyed the role-playing scenario!” – Nicole

“I liked his authenticity and the use of videos to exemplify what was being taught.” -Catherine

Amy’s Overall Rating: 5/5 (Excellent)

Jennifer’s Overall Rating: 5/5 (Excellent)

Leah’s Overall Rating: 5/5 (Excellent)

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