“There’s nothing wrong with you that what’s right with you can’t fix.”
The main principles of the approach are to support people in making a shift from being ‘problem-focused’ to being ‘solution–focused’.
This is achieved by holding a core set of beliefs when working with others:
- We don’t need to fully understand the problem before we can find a solution
- Everyone has the strengths and resources to help themselves
- There will already be something that is working
- Change can happen in very small steps
- No matter how bad the problems is, it doesn’t happen all the time
- We can’t change the past so we should focus on the future
- Having a clear idea where you want to be makes it more likely that you will get there
The solution focused approach can be used in a wide variety of ways in schools to help pupils (or staff for that matter) make changes for the better.
Pupils enjoy the experience and gain a lot from it, beyond the immediate problem. It is a skilled intervention and does require trained staff.