Approximately 74 million children attend schools in the United States. 75%-80% of youth receive mental health services in schools. A mental health condition adversely impairs one in five children, yet less than half of these children will receive treatment.
Solution-Focused Conversations in Schools: An Integration of Education and Mental Health seeks to revolutionize practical and transdisciplinary implementation of solution-focused brief trauma-informed practices within diverse and fast-paced educational settings. At its core, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a conversation and can be integrated into everyday conversations when applied with positive intention and training. This approach is not limited to professional counselors; anyone who can communicate can practice this approach effectively. SFBT, an evidence-based approach, aligns ideally within the realm of school mental health and educational settings. Click here to read more about Solution-Focused School Mental Health.
The course structure includes an online self-paced, text, and lecture-based course with exams. It consists of twelve chapters of written materials, 10 video lectures, 34 demonstration videos, multiple case examples, individual and group practice exercises, and solution-focused games and activities. These resources illustrate the practical application of solution-focused techniques across multiple tiers of support commonly employed within educational settings. The course further covers solution-focused educational plans, behavioral plans, solution-focused conversations in team meetings, various solution-focused games, and exercises applicable in diverse educational contexts, including school curricula, classrooms, group settings, families, individuals, and with administrative and educational staff.
Upon completing this course, participants will successfully apply solution-focused conversational skills in educational settings, thereby making a positive impact on children and all the dedicated people involved in educating our collective youth.
Last Updated: November 2023
Target Audience: Social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, educators, and medical professionals appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
Participants will be assessed through multiple-choice tests that evaluate their understanding and ability to apply the course material. Participants may retake the exam until they pass it successfully.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be given instructions on downloading and printing their Certificates of Completion.
19 Credit/Clock Hours are available for this course
Please see our Continuing Education Information page for CE credits and clock hours and our accreditations and approvals for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage & family therapists. The final authority for approving any continuing education activity rests with the state or province where the participant is licensed. Please contact your individual licensing boards to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. To receive continuing education hours, the participant must complete the entire course, engage in all activities, and complete the course evaluation.
Once enrolled, participants can commence the course at any time. For a comprehensive list of our policies, please visit our policy page. complete list of policies can be viewed here.