I am big fan of Brief Counseling That Works as a useful text and could rave about aspects of it. In brief, Sklare presents a practical, culturally relevant way for school counselors to work with large caseloads.
Mary Ann Sweet
"Brief Counseling That Works is one of the best books in the field of education that I have ever read. I am recommending it to anyone who works with kids."
Brief Counseling That Works is easy to pick up as a practitioner, understand, and implement. It is written in layman’s terms and with lots of examples that clarify any questions the reader might have.
This text is engaging and offers the reader immediate and useful tools for bringing out the best in kids and helping them change.
In this new edition, Sklare follows his own advice by focusing on adding more of what is valuable and helpful. This book is filled with clear examples, practical tips, and wisdom that comes from years of experience.
“This book aids adults who seek to be more effective in their interactions with youth. More importantly, it offers a framework to help school personnel reconnect to the values and purposes that brought them into education and keep their interactions with children consistently grounded in the best intentions.”
“What you are about to read represents an ingenious application of narrative ideas to work in schools. While many people use these ideas, this book develops them in novel and interesting ways. This is some of the most creative and exciting work I have seen in this field.”
"...here are an impressive range of interventions which, skillfully employed, will challenge young people to think differently about their perceptions...(with) practical examples of how the techniques work, using real life case studies."
" . . . a wonderful guidebook with a comprehensive look at Solution-Focused Brief Counseling (SFBC) that is practical for use in and out of the school setting. This short but concise book also offers many useful tools like reproducible materials and sample forms, (with) vivid case studies that help to illustrate the point of each step in SFBC, and exercises to practice the steps. All in all I would highly recommend this book to school counselors, administrators and anyone else who would benefit from the brief counseling methodology. "
Gerald B. Sklare, Ed D, 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.
About the Author
1. Counseling in Schools: Problems and Solutions
2. Setting Goals
3. Discovering and Constructing Solutions
4. Connecting the Pieces
5. Conducting Subsequent Sessions
6. Working With Reluctant and Mandated Students
7. Expanding Solution-Focused Concepts
Appendix A: Counseling Session With Kasey: A Practice Exercise
Appendix B: Solution-Focused Guided Imagery Activity