ERIC Number: ED410499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Solution-Focused Counseling in Middle and High Schools.
Murphy, John J.
Disruptive classroom behavior, failing grades, truancy, and violence are serious problems for students. Some of the ways in which school counselors can correct school problems in a short period of time are described in this book. Solution-focused counseling works by encouraging students, parents, and teachers to discover and apply their own unique resources and strengths to the problem at hand. Since schools are not ideal places for counseling sessions, the text encourages practitioners to make the best use of every counseling opportunity. The book is organized into three sections. Part 1 introduces solution-focused counseling by way of a short case study. It then provides a description of the empirical and clinical influences of this type of counseling. Part 2 describes and illustrates the practical application of this approach to a variety of middle and high school problems. Each chapter describes an intervention strategy, then presents several case examples of its application with a variety of actual school problems. Part 3 provides troubleshooting guidelines and offers suggestions for implementing solution-focused counseling. Short practice exercises are provided at the end of each chapter to help counselors apply solution-focused strategies to their own cases and circumstances. Contains an index and approximately 125 references. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Change Strategies, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Techniques, High School Students, High Schools, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Problem Solving, School Counseling, School Counselors, Student Behavior
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304 (Order No. 72640).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.