Solution-focused Brief Therapy is successfully practiced in schools with a growing evidence base that shows it is an effective intervention. This presentation traces the development of SFBT as a school-based intervention and its progressive development in practice and research within an alternative education program for high risk youths.
Participants will become familiar with different ways to apply solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) in schools with high risk adolescents.
Cynthia Franklin, PhD, LCSW, LMFT is the Associate Dean for Doctoral Education and Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health at the Steve Hicks School of School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Franklin’s primary clinical and research expertise is in using Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to help at-risk adolescents in schools. She has advanced research and training on SFBT in schools internationally. Dr. Franklin helped to create the Solution-focused alternative school, Gonzalo Garza Independence High School, in Austin, Texas that has been internationally recognized as a models school program including by The United States Department of Education. Dr. Franklin has over 200 publications and presentations aimed at communicating evidence based practices to mental health professionals, and to public school teachers. Her books include: Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Alternative Education: Ensuring Student Success and Preventing Dropout (Routledge); Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Schools (Oxford); The School Services Sourcebook (Oxford); and Solution Focused Brief Therapy: A Handbook of Evidence Based Practice (Oxford).