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Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Applying Solution-Focused Strategies in Schools: Understanding of the Theoretical Base of a Solution-Focused Approach, and Applications

Facilitator: Eric J. King, MSW, RSW
presented by SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health / Hincks-Dellcrest Institute

This Training is Suitable for: School social workers, child and youth workers, teachers, school personnel, residential school staff, and other allied disciplines who work or consult to schools.
Description: This workshop will offer an understanding of the theoretical base of a solution-focused approach, and will explore a range of applications in the school context. Participants will gain tools for questioning practices when engaging marginalized youth, working with change behaviour and meaning frames, learn skills to manage parent meetings and how to successfully introduce solution-focused concepts in a school system. More

SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health
114 Maitland Street
Seminar Rooms ABC, 2nd floor
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

School staff are faced with multiple challenges from students, parents and the board itself at times as they are asked to do more with less. This one-day workshop will offer an understanding of the conceptual base of a solution-focused approach and will explore a range of applications in the school context.

You will learn to:

Use questioning practices for engaging marginalized youth

Use tools for quick hallway interviews with students

Assess workable goals and determine motivation

Change behaviour and meaning frames

Engage students as peer helpers

Manage parent-school meetings

Consult with teachers and help school staff notice a difference

Introduce solution-focused concepts in a school system

This training is suitable for school Social Workers, Child and Youth Workers, Teachers, School Personnel, Residential School Staff and other allied disciplines who work or consult to schools.

About the Facilitator:

Eric King has been a trainer and consultant to a wide range of mental health professionals in brief and narrative therapies since 1989. He has an extensive background in brief systemic, strength-based family and group therapy in a range of contexts including: mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, schools, and hospital settings. He has been on the faculty of the Hincks-Dellcrest Institute since 1993. He is the former director of family programs at Pine River Institute. Eric has a cross-appointment with the department of child psychiatry in the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto. He has maintained a private practice and private supervision with families and individuals since 1990.


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