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MSPA FALL CONFERENCE: Brief Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools: A Toolbox of Practical Techniques

  • 28 Oct 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Four Points Sheraton Norwood, MA


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Brief Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools: A Toolbox of Practical Techniques

Program goals: Participants will gain knowledge in implementing the following strategies:

  • Building cooperative relationships with “resistant” students, parents, and teachers
  • Using change-focused questions and solution talking
  • Building solutions from students’ non-problems and natural resources
  • Empowering desired changes by giving credit to students and others
  • Collecting systematic client feedback to involve students and improve outcomes

John Murphy is a Professor of Psychology & Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas, a former finalist for National School Psychologist of the Year, and an internationally recognized practitioner, author, and trainer of collaborative, strengths-based approaches with young people, families, and school problems. He taught in public schools before working as a full-time urban school psychologist for 13 years, and he continues to provide therapeutic services to young people, families, and schools. His books have been translated into multiple languages, including the recent 3rd edition of the award-winning book, Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools. His work is featured in the NY Times bestseller Switch and the DVD training series, Child Therapy with the Experts. Dr. Murphy serves as a Project Director with the Heart & Soul of Change Project, an international research/advocacy group that promotes respectful, client-directed services for marginalized persons of all ages and circumstances. He is a sought-after keynote and workshop speaker who has presented to thousands of helping professionals throughout the US, Europe, China, New Zealand, Canada, and elsewhere. His workshops are consistently rated as practical and informative. 

Payment Information:

Please note that the cost of registration includes a copy of Dr. Murphy's, recent 3rd edition of the award-winning book, Solution-Focused Counseling in SchoolsFor those wishing to pay by purchase order, please complete registration, print the invoice, and mail invoice and district purchase order PRIOR to the event to:

Julie Herlihy

48 Carruth St. Unit 2

Dorchester, MA 02124

For those wishing to pay by check, please complete the registration form, print the invoice, and mail check to:

Julie Herlihy

48 Carruth St. Unit 2

Dorchester, MA 02124

*Please note that MSPA charges a $75 cancellation fee for cancellations received prior to the conference. *

Continuing Education Policy

The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer contact hours. The DESE requires the completion of a pre-test, which is to be completed prior to the workshop start time. A post-test is also required and will be given at the end of the conference. Participants must attend the ENTIRE CONFERENCE and satisfy state regulations in order to receive 6 contact hours. Each participant is responsible for knowing and meeting the DESE licensure requirements.

CE HOURS: The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to sponsor continuing education (CE) for psychologists. In keeping with NASP requirements, these are awarded in contact hours only. CE hours will be awarded at the close of the conference.  MSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Arriving more than 15 minutes late or failing to stay for the entire program will result in the inability to obtain a PD certificate.  Certificates will only be distributed at the conclusion of the program.



For general inquiries, please contact


Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA)
1 Wells Avenue,  Suite 007.
Newton, MA 02459

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