Sometimes a problem seems so complex that the task of identifying a solution can be daunting.  One way to overcome this is to focus on the solution rather than the problem.  This approach aims to achieve small steps forward.  It is purposeful and aims to improve a situation as quickly as is reasonable.  This is not meant to imply that all problems can be solved quickly but rather that something constructive can usually be done, however modest.  As well as addressing a specific problem, using this approach with a person will enable them to extend their own problem solving skills.

Solution focused problem solving is based on a series of techniques designed to promote positive change in a range of situations.  Using this approach emphasises choice and encourages people to take responsibility for their own behaviour and actions.  The techniques can be used with adults or children.  Using solution focused ways of working promotes feelings of confidence and can encourage a positive ethos throughout an organisation or school.

“As an educational psychologist my work is very varied but there is a common theme and that is around achieving change.  No matter what my involvement or intervention is, if it is to be successful it is essential that change takes place, this might be change in behaviour or change in thinking.  However, often it is the person or people I am working with who will be responsible for making the change rather than me.  If my intervention is to be successful I must work hard to ensure that change takes place.  I believe that that using solution focused approaches enables people to identify appropriate changes and also maximises the chance of change happening.  This is relevant for many other professionals” [Dr Joanna Simm, Educational Psychologist].

Various training courses are available for teachers and other professionals.  Please contact us for further information and to discuss the options.


“Heard myself talking to the children about solutions today, instead of concentrating on the problem!  It’s rubbing off on me!” [Class Teacher]

“Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your training yesterday. Not only enjoyed, which is a bonus in itself, but found relevant and thought provoking.  I have already written a report this morning with a different emphasis to my usual style.  Going by the chat around the office it was a unanimous success” [Specialist Teacher].

“Thank you for your training day yesterday – it was quite inspirational and fired me up to make more structured use of things I already knew about but wasn’t using well.  Your delivery was superb, and the day was not just useful but also really interesting” [Educational Psychologist].