Solution Focused Counseling & Climate Specialist Certification Course

Become a Certified
Solution Focused Counseling & Climate Specialist!

The new Solution Focused Counseling & Climate Specialist (SFCCS) certificate program in California provides school counselors with a solid understanding of solution focused counseling strategies and the application of those strategies with teachers and other school staff members in a classroom setting. Certified SFCCSs have the knowledge to create responsive and welcoming school systems and are trained to train others in solution focused concepts known to improve student outcomes. This certification provides participants with advanced solution focused strategies along with strategies in instruction, leadership, and adult learning methodology.

What is Solution Focused Counseling?
The basic concepts regarding solution focused counseling are to focus on the strengths and abilities of the individual when a problem is presented. For those who work in schools, this strategy can be applied to students, parents and staff members. By learning to focus more on what works and re-describing deficits, solutions become more possible and individuals are encouraged rather than discouraged.

SFCCS Certification is a 3-step process:

Step 1: Essential Solution Focused Training, February 5, 2019, 6.5 hours, DoubleTree Hotel, Sacramento
Provides attendees with a broad-based perspective of the solution focused counseling model, complete with techniques that can be used immediately. This training will include many varied experiential exercises so that participants understand themselves, how the model works and how to directly apply this to school-related issues.

Step 2: Experiential Field Activities and Assignments, February - April, 2019, 15 hours
Participants will complete 15 hours of structured solution focused activities and interventions with examples recorded and submitted for review. Additionally, you will be required to participate in a mid-course, two-hour webinar in March 2019 (date TBD) which engages participants in additional structured solution focused activities.

Step 3: Solution Focused Climate Academy Training, April 28, 2019, 6.5 hours, location in Sacramento TBD
The final training component provides exposure to how the solution focused approach can be integrated into all school services provided to students and parents. This includes, but is not limited to, parent conferences, IEP, RTI, crisis management, academic challenges, and mental health concerns. In addition, participants will be provided with the knowledge to manage situations brought by students in a solution focused way. At the completion of this step, participants will be certified as a Solution Focused Counseling and Climate Specialist*. The now certificated specialist will know how to conceptualize, organize and teach other staff members in conversational, solution focused strategies for the classroom and classroom management that will increase student competencies and positive mental health status.

*Certification requires successful completion of all three steps.

Certification Package: $749 / member; $849 / non-member - seating is limited. Register Online or download a registration form.

The February 5, 2019 "Essential Solution Focused Training" is also being offered as a stand-alone session. Registration is $159 / members or $199 / non-members and includes breakfast and lunch. Payment and attendance for only the February 5 session will not lead to a certification. Click here to register for only the February 5 training.


All steps of the certificaton process will be taught by Linda Metcalf, PhD, LMFT who is internationally known as an expert in solution focused methodology. Dr. Metcalf is the author of eleven books including Counseling Toward Solutions (1995, 2008, Wiley), Teaching Toward Solutions (Crown House, 2005), and Marriage and Family Therapy: A Practice Oriented Approach (Springer, 2011, 2019). She has presented hundreds of seminars in the United States, Australia, Japan, Newfoundland, Germany, Scotland, England, Norway, Amsterdam, Singapore, Thailand, Canada and China. She is also the Past President of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Past President of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family therapy. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband Roger. Together, they are proud parents of three adult children, Roger Jr., Kelli and Ryan and two golden retrievers named Ringo and Ranger.