SFP 97 – Solution Focus in Schools Works: From Garza Highschool to the Worldwide Evidence with Cynthia Franklin


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SFP 97 – Episode 97: Solution Focus in Schools Works: From Garza Highschool to the Worldwide Evidence with Prof. Cynthia Franklin

Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #97

Hosted by: Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Intro: Bibiana Czerny & Ken Brooks | Music: www.bensound.com

SFP 97 – Solution Focus in Schools Works: From Garza Highschool to the Worldwide Evidence with Cynthia Franklin

by Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Simply Focus Podcast |42:37


“What we do there (at Garza Highschool) is, we teach the teachers, the principals and everyone (…) that works there how to have a solution-focused conversation with youth.”

“It’s a school that can really take youth when they are not doing well in school – when they are failing, when they dropped out, when they have difficulties – and then turn them around, so they become very enthusiastic about their education.”

“Creating a social support around youth – an educational support, an emotional support – is so helpful to youth.”

Prof. Cynthia Franklin

Show Notes

In today’s episode, we talk with Prof. Cynthia Franklin, Associate Dean for Doctoral Education and Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health at Steve Hicks School of Social Work, at the University of Texas at Austin, about

  • what fascinates her with Solution Focus,
  • when she first got in touch with Solution Focus in the early 90ies,
  • how she brought SF into alternative schools and helped build the solution-focused Garza Highschool,
  • what is different at Garza Highschool and the stories in the book „Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in Alternative Schools“,
  • an example of an exception question of a teacher and her student,
  • her research and the strong evidence-base of Solution Focus Brief Therapy and Solution Focused in schools across countries,
  • the value of her research studies for practitioners,
  • the WOWW-Program and her research on the positive effects WOWW can make in schools,
  • a wonderful example of complimenting students at Garza Highschool,
  • the infectious generosity of Insoo Kim Berg that inspired her,
  • their online crisis intervention training that they did for people in Wuhan, China,
  • The Challenge of the Week: Ask people: “When I get to know you better, what will be something I really come to admire about you?”


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Friendpower is stronger than willpower. So, let’s inspire each other! Share your ideas and thoughts on what inspired you about our conversation with Cynthia and what differences this makes for you in your everyday life. Share as much detail as possible. Your story might be the one making a vital difference for someone else. Your thoughts and ideas matter and might encourage others to keep on going their SF journey. Share this podcast episode with your friends, clients or colleagues who you think might be inspired by this conversation. It could give them some practical ideas on how to apply Solution Focus in their daily life.

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