About solution-support


I first met the solutions focused approach to solving problems when I was working on my Ph.D., teaching science in a pupil referral unit and working as a behaviour specialist in a Local Authority Educational Psychology service.  I was getting stuck using the old ways of reward and punishment that had already failed to engage children and was on the lookout for something more effective, more humane and easily doable. I found it in solutions focused practice.

To test the strength of the SF approach in real life situations I’ve taken it into every context of practice that I could find.  If it was a good as it seemed, it could be applied to any situation where people were struggling with problems and make a useful difference to their outcomes. it is as good as it seems!

I have worked with individuals and teams in direct support and training in the fields of education, mental health, homelessness, social work, management, alcohol and substance misuse and team building.

My book ‘Transforming behaviour in the classroom; a guide to the solution focused approach’ came out a year ago and is available on Amazon.


skype: geoffjames42



One response to “About solution-support”

  1. Tim Meek says:

    Hi Geoff,

    I work in SEN with autistic students, some of which display difficult behaviour. I am really interested to hear more about your solution-focused enquiry approach as I think I am already implementing some of it (simply because it was clear ‘normal’ techniques were not working with some of my students so I had to adapt) but I would like to formalise it a bit more. Your work sounds very interesting and it would be great to discuss how I might learn more about it so as to help the teachers handle students with the kinds of behaviour challenges the articles in the Guardian describe.

    Hope to hear form you.

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