Solution Focused practice is a change-focused approach to enabling people of all ages to make progress in their lives by emphasising what is wanted in the future, amplifying successes and highlighting the capacities and skills available to support progress.
Grounded in the reality of the day to day challenges of school life, Solution Focused Practice in Schools: 80 ideas and strategies offers dynamic, practical, down to earth and jargon-free applications of the SF approach that can create energy and movement in even the toughest of situations.
From working with individuals to considering organisational developments, this book explores the SF approach using numerous examples and sample questions that can be adapted for any situation and whether the time available is long or short.
The reader will gain ideas about how to:
This book is an excellent resource for managers, teachers, SENCOs, mentors, counsellors, coaches, psychologists, social workers and all those who work in a supportive capacity in schools to promote the learning and well being of both students and staff.
"In this marvellous new book, Ajmal and Ratner teach us, in their own words, that ‘It is only the wearer of the shoe who knows where it is comfortable’. Through providing the basics of the solution focused approach and using it with individuals, groups, staff members and teachers, the reader will gain true insight into how schools can work using solution focused practice. The dialogues that are included offer rich, specific examples of how school counsellors, teachers and head teachers can engage and relate to students dealing with a variety of concerns. Educators who often wonder if they can make a difference with a troubled student need to read this book, which will finally provide them with ideas and strategies for asking questions that elicit teacher and student driven solutions, which are always the best kind!"
- Linda Metcalf, author of Counseling Toward Solutions and Director of Graduate Counseling Programs and School Counseling at Texas Wesleyan University, USA
"This is an invaluable, inspiring and accessible guide for all teachers, from trainee to experienced, in responding effectively to the challenging situations encountered with individual children, groups and whole classes. The book is evidence-based and grounded in practice. It offers practical approaches that go beyond problem solving to enable pupils to recognise, own and sustain their ‘best selves’. The process of co-constructing desired futures and achievable steps is illustrated through numerous case study examples. These studies highlight the impact of open questioning and scaffolded dialogue in building positive attitudes and relationships for learning and for life."
- Sue Ellis, Professional Tutor and Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, UK
About the Authors
Part 1 Introduction to Solution Focused Practice
Part 2 How will we know we are at our best? Conversations with whole classes
Part 3 Individual work
Part 4 Coaching, Consultations and Meetings
Coaching conversations with staff
Consultations with groups of staff
Meetings with parents and other professionals
Meetings around organisational development
Part 5 Working with groups around specific issues
Group work with students
Part 6 The lower primary age
Part 7 Case example of individual work: Christiana
Part 8 Solution Focus in Zanzibar: a case study