Brief Counseling That Works: A Solution-Focused Approach for School Counselors and Administrators

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Corwin Press, 2005 - Education - 164 pages
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`A highly readable book and its greatest strength is that it provides practical examples of how the techniques work, using real-life case studies. In fact, appendix one is entirely devoted to this. An excellent introduction to a highly effective counselling approach' - Nurturing Potential

This book offers school counsellors an effective and efficient approach to helping students through the use of Solution-Focused Brief Counseling (SFBC).

The author presents a focused, step-by-step approach to counselling in schools that leads to rapid, observable change in students. The skills of conducting solution-talk discussions with students can help to reduce arguments, improve relationships, and teach young people to assume responsibility and make better decisions in a supportive environment.

This new approach, as the name implies, focuses on solutions rather than problems. Students learn how to set goals, rediscover their resources, and repeat past successes.

This concise resource contains many tools and resources including:

} reproducible materials for use with Solution-Focused Guided Imagery

} short case studies and session transcripts to illustrate what SFBC looks like in practice

} guidelines for using solution-focused methods with referred discipline cases

} practice exercises to help readers apply the techniques

} sample forms to use in SFBC

An essential tool for school counsellors and a helpful resource for teachers and school administrators who also are involved in counselling primary and secondary students. This resource can also be used by psychologists, counsellors, and social workers who work with youth both in and out of the school setting.

 

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Contents

Counseling in Schools Problems and Solutions
1
A New Solution
4
SFBC With Diverse Populations
8
Central Philosophy
9
SolutionFocused Assumptions
10
Additional Guiding Concepts
13
Summary
16
Practice Exercise
17
Conducting Subsequent Sessions
85
Subsequent Session Components
86
Scaling
89
Assessing the Need for Further Counseling and Writing a Message
90
A Road Map and Note Sheet for Second and Subsequent Sessions
91
Subsequent Sessions With Pedro
94
Summary
95
Working With Reluctant and Mandated Students
97

Setting Goals
19
Using Outcome Questions That Detail Solutions in Positive Terms
21
The Miracle Question
27
What Else Questions
33
Summary
38
Discovering and Constructing Solutions
41
Rediscovering Unrecognized Solutions
42
Empowering Through Recognition of Students Resources
44
Scaling a Baseline and Progress
49
Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles to Success
51
Concluding the Initial Session With a Message
52
Summary
60
Practice Exercise
61
Connecting the Pieces
63
Session One
67
Summary
83
Additional Exercise
84
Administrators Use of SolutionFocused Principles When Students Are Reffered for Discipline
103
SolutionFocused GoalFormulated Sequence for Reluctant and Mandated Students
104
Summary
107
Expanding SolutionFocused Concepts
109
The 20Minute Session
110
A Case of Abbreviated SolutionFocused Counseling
114
Counseling Referral Form
116
SolutionFocused Group and Classroom Counseling
120
SolutionFocused Guided Imagery
126
Summary
127
Final Thoughts
128
Counseling Session With Kasey A Practice Exercise
131
SolutionFocused Guided Imagery Activity
147
References
157
Index
161
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About the author (2005)

Gerald B. Sklare, EdD, LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), NCC (Nationally Certified Counselor), is a profes-sor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Both his master’s degree and doctorate are in counselor education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He has served as a teacher and counselor in elementary, junior high, and high schools; he has conducted workshops around the United States on SFBC; and he has practiced in school settings and in private practice using this approach.


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