SFP 51 – Episode 51: Putting differences to work: The Solution Focused Counseling Program at TCU with Becky Taylor, Frank Thomas, Marcella Stark and three of their Ph.D. students
Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #51
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SFP 51 - Episode 51: Putting differences to work: The Solution Focused Counseling Program at TCU with Becky Taylor, Frank Thomas, Marcella Stark and three of their Ph.D. students
“We really want the best because that brings out the best in them as well. But I think they bring out the best in us too. We really learn from them.”Assoc. Prof. Becky Taylor
“So, whenever I get to a place where I feel like I am stuck, I know that it’s just another hoop and that that preferred future is right past that hoop.”Franchesca Fraire
“There is always learning. And then especially to learn from students. How I teach is based on the output from students, changing how I approach the next group of students or even the same group of students the next week.”Prof. Frank Thomas
“Being in such a Solution Focused program, you don’t really get out of that mode ever.”Lindsey Tardif
“Our students graduate with that confidence and knowing they are well prepared for whatever the field throws at them.”Assoc. Prof. Marcella Stark
“I think we live in a world where people focus on the negatives. And it is so neat to ask them these Solution Focused questions that get them thinking outside of that negativity and to watch them build strengths and change and to create the preferred future that they have wanted.”Ashli East
In today’s episode, we talk with Assoc. Prof. Becky Taylor, Prof. Frank Thomas and Assoc. Prof. Marcella Stark about their Solution Focused Counseling Program at Texas Christian University (TCU), about
what has fascinated them with Solution Focus (SF),
what makes their counseling program at TCU special and the differences Solution Focus makes,
how they teach Solution Focus,
what they have learned from each other,
how they put the differences of their students to work,
what (they think that) their students say about the program and their teachers,
the differences SF makes for them as a team and in their work,
the importance of building relationship in teaching and staying open to being a lifelong learner.
The Challenge of the week: What superpower do you bring to your professional future that’s going to help you to reach your goals?
And we also talked to their Ph.D. students Lindsey Tardif, Ashli East and Franchesca Fraire about
- their Solution Focused superpowers and how they use them in their SF work,
- how the Solution Focused Counseling Program at TCU supports them,
- the superpowers of their teachers that are useful for them.
- Find out more about the Master of Education in Counseling Program and about the Ph.D. Program in Counseling and Counselor Education at Texas Christian University.
Join the conversation
Friendpower is stronger than willpower. So, let’s inspire each other! Share your ideas and thoughts on what inspired you about our conversation with Becky, Marcella, Frank, Lindsey, Ashli and Franchesca 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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