Implementing Solution-Focused Counselling in Schools


January 26, 2021

9am - 11am (Thailand Time)

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(register by January 22, 2021)  

Baht 4500 (≈USD 150) per participant


Led by:

Dr. John J. Murphy

Target Audience

Elementary and secondary school counselors, teachers and administrators


Workshop Overview
Solution-focused counselling (SFC) helps students describe what they want from services (desired outcome/preferred future) and apply what they already have (exceptions/resources) toward achieving it. SFC has become increasingly popular among school practitioners throughout the world because it is culturally respectful, efficient, evidence based, and outcome focused.


SFC assumes students are always solving problems and have the resources needed to construct effective school solutions. Solution-focused workers assists students in:

(a) Describing their best hopes from counselling

(b) Applying personal/social resources toward achieving their hopes; and

(c) Monitoring progress and exploring next steps toward a better future.


In addition to student counselling, solution-focused techniques can be used in parent-school conferences, team meetings, parent/teacher consultations, group work, classroom management/teaching, and school-wide behaviour support programs.

Topics Covered

  • Quick demonstration of solution-focused counselling with a volunteer

  • Illustration of 3 main skills of solution-focused counselling through real-life examples/videos

  • Illustration of 3 main tasks of solution-focused counselling through real-life examples/videos

  • Small group/hands-on practice activity

  • Other applications of solution-focused practice in schools 


2 Short Videos

*This video (1:23) offers a brief summary of solution-focused practice by cofounders Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg:


*This video (2:44) of a counsellor and adolescent client illustrates how to ask the miracle question and follow-up on the client’s answer:

Workshop Leader

Dr. John J. Murphy is a Licensed Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Arkansas (USA). He was a high school teacher before working as a full-time school psychologist for 13 years. His books have been translated into several languages, including the recent 3rd edition of the award-winning, Solution-Focused Counselling in Schools. 

Workshop Coordinator

Sonthaya Chutisacha