Richard Gargiulo is a professor of special education in the School of Education at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He received his Master's degree and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1999, he was awarded the University's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also served as a Fulbright Scholar to the Czech Republic and has authored numerous books on the subjects of special education, early childhood education, and child abuse and neglect. He has been president of the Council for Exceptional Children and president of the Division on Autism and Development Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Linda Metcalf, PhD, is a former middle school teacher, elementary and secondary school counselor, licensed professional counselor, and licensed marriage and family therapist. She is the author of five books on solution-focused therapy and counseling, and has presented her work on solution-focused therapy to teachers, counselors, school psychologists, and therapists internationally in over 300 workshops. She is a frequent presenter at the American School Counselor Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and The Milton Erickson Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference. She is a national board member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and has been President of the Texas division.
Dr. Metcalf has adapted her work in solution-focused therapy to bring about positive results in teaching, counseling, parenting, group therapy, special education, alternative school settings, and discipline. Her presentations incorporate lecture, role play, movie clips, and video case studies of adolescents and children to illustrate the solution-focused approach. She is an Associate Professor at Texas Wesleyan University, where she teaches school counseling. She has also taught Family Therapy at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She lives in Arlington, Texas.