Bio: John J. Murphy, Ph.D.
John J. Murphy is a Professor of Psychology & Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas and a sought after trainer and practitioner of client-directed, strengths-based approaches with young people, families, and school problems. He was public school teacher before receiving a PhD in psychology and completed post-doctoral training in systemic family therapy with Barry Duncan at the Dayton (OH) Institute of Family Therapy. John spent 13 years as a full time school psychologist in Covington (KY) Public Schools, a high poverty urban district, and he continues to work regularly with students and schools as well as adults and families in private practice. He was named by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as one of the top five school psychologists in the United States in 1993, and received the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Writer of the Year Award for the popular book, Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools (currently in its 3rd edition; 2015). He also authored Conducting Student-Driven Interviews (2013, Routledge Press), Strengths-Based Therapy (with Jacqueline Sparks; Routledge Press, 2019), and Brief Intervention for School Problems (with Barry Duncan; 2nd ed.; Guilford Press, 2007). His books have been translated into many different languages, and his therapeutic work is featured in various contemporary venues including Fast Company magazine, the NY Times bestseller Switch, and the DVD series, Child Therapy with the Experts. He is a Project Director with the Heart & Soul of Change Project, an international research/training initiative that promotes client-directed services for marginalized persons of all ages and circumstances. Dr. Murphy has provided training and consultation to thousands of school psychologists and other mental health professionals, teachers, and parents throughout the US, Canada, China, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and elsewhere.
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