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Thinking and Acting Like a Solution-Focused School Counselor
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Thinking and Acting Like a Solution-Focused School Counselor

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School Counselling

June 2009 | 160 pages | Corwin

"This should be a required text for a school counseling degree."
—Jill R. Boyd, Counselor and Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer
John Bullen Middle School, Kenosha, WI

"The author knows solution-focused counseling inside and out. He describes in excellent detail how to use this technique with multiple problems and multiple ages. The examples are spot on."
—Cynthia Knowles, Prevention Specialist
Livonia Central School District, NY

Learn how to emphasize students' strengths to help them resolve problems!

This book helps new and experienced school counselors engage with students using a solution-focused approach that stresses cooperation and highlights positive attributes to facilitate goal achievement.

Thinking and Acting Like a Solution-Focused School Counselor provides the background and expertise needed to establish collaborative student relationships, identify student skills and abilities, and reframe problems into attainable goals. Emphasizing practice and feedback, the author includes actual session transcripts to help new and less-experienced counselors apply concepts directly to their own practice. Benefits of this book include:

  • A reflective, meaning-making model as a basis for effective school counseling
  • An introduction to the fundamental principles of solution-focused counseling
  • Clinical illustrations of solution identification and implementation strategies
  • In-depth case studies and guided practice exercises

Like the companion books on behavioral, cognitive, and eclectic school counseling, this concise guide offers the knowledge and skills necessary to help troubled students in need of encouragement and hope.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction to Book Series
 
Part I. Solution Focus: A Model Guiding Reflective Practice
 
1. The School Counselor as Reflective Practitioner
 
2. The Fundamentals of a Solution-Focused Organizational Framework
 
Part II. Solution-Focused Discourse and the Strategies Employed
 
3. Highlighting the Possibility and Process of Change
 
4. Solutions Identification and Implementation
 
5. Identifying and Implementing Goal Attainment Strategies
 
Part III. From the Eyes of the Solution-Focused Expert
 
6. Solution-Focused School Counselor: Reflection In and On Practice
 
7. Practice in Procedural Thinking
 
References
 
Index

"This book does make a distinct contribution to the field. This approach is one that school counselors can use. Many may be using a form of this and not even know it."

Diane Smith, School Counselor
Smethport Area School District, PA

"The author knows solution-focused counseling inside and out. He describes in excellent detail how to use this technique with multiple problems and multiple ages. The examples are spot on."

Cynthia Knowles, Prevention Specialist
Livonia Central School District, NY

"This should be a required text for a school counseling degree."

Jill R. Boyd, Counselor and Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer
John Bullen Middle School, Kenosha, WI

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Preface

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