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Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools
John J. Murphy
Have you ever...
• Tried to convince students that they have a problem when they don’t think they do?
• Felt your clients becoming less and less engaged the harder you tried to engage them?
• Found yourself working a lot harder than the student to change a school problem?
• Felt largely responsible for providing a solution to the school problem?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I hope you will find the ideas of
solution-focused counseling as useful in your work as they have been in mine. Following
a summary of relevant research, the major assumptions and tasks of solution-focused counseling are presented.