ERIC Number: ED284120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar-5
Reference Count: 0
Getting Ahead by Turning 180 Degrees: Brief Therapy in the Public Schools.
This paper presents the basic premises of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, a model of intervention based on systems theory, and how this approach is uniquely suited to the needs of school psychologists within a public school setting. Five key principles are described: (1) complaints are interaction based; (2) change in one part of the system leads to system-wide changes; (3) small change is all that is necessary; (4) emphasize cooperation and compliments; and (5) make the exception the rule. Following the description of these principles, a short case example is given which highlights this brief therapy approach. The school psychologist is challenged to think "180 degrees" differently by emphasizing the solution to a problem rather than investigating or emphasizing the problem itself. A brief rationale for the utility of this model in public schools is provided. References for further study are listed. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (New Orleans, LA, March 4-8, 1987).