ERIC Number: ED408550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Brief Counseling That Works: A Solution-Focused Approach for School Counselors. Practical Skills for Counselors.
Sklare, Gerald B.
School counselors often face large caseloads of students and cannot spend hours of time addressing each student's problems using traditional approaches. With this in mind, step-by-step instructions on how to use solution-focused brief counseling (SFBC) with elementary and secondary students is provided here. School counselors can utilize this approach for typical student concerns in order to achieve rapid, observable change. School administrators and teachers will also benefit because each component of this approach can be used independently in a variety of situations. School psychologists, social workers, pastoral counselors, and drug counselors should find the case studies especially relevant. The book is intentionally short and theory is discussed briefly; implementation is the main thrust. The reader is led through the material, then practice exercises appear at the end of the first four chapters. Chapter 1 presents the background and rational for SFBC and its special relevance to school counseling. Chapter 2 discusses ways to prepare students for solution-based counseling and how to facilitate the initial goal-setting phase of the model. Chapter 3 describes how to teach students to recognize success and thus be encouraged. Chapter 4 provides a transcript of a student case; and chapter 5 covers the interventions counselors employ in second and subsequent interviews with students. Chapter 6 describes additional applications of the solution-focused approach. Contains an index. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Modification, Brief Psychotherapy, Children, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Objectives, Counseling Techniques, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Therapy, Intervention, School Counseling, School Counselors, Secondary School Students
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6467-6, $15.95; cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6466-8, $37.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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