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Counseling Toward Solutions: A Practical Solution-Focused Program for Working with Students, Teachers, and Parents / Edition 2
     

Counseling Toward Solutions: A Practical Solution-Focused Program for Working with Students, Teachers, and Parents / Edition 2

by Linda Metcalf
 

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ISBN-10: 0787998060

ISBN-13: 9780787998066

Pub. Date: 03/14/2008

Publisher: Wiley

Counseling Toward SolutionsSecond Edition

When it was first published in 1995, Linda Metcalf's book Counseling Toward Solutions became an instant bestseller. Written for counselors and teachers at all levels, this revised and updated second edition presents a positive program for changing individual behavior that empowers students of all ages to deal with their

Overview

Counseling Toward SolutionsSecond Edition

When it was first published in 1995, Linda Metcalf's book Counseling Toward Solutions became an instant bestseller. Written for counselors and teachers at all levels, this revised and updated second edition presents a positive program for changing individual behavior that empowers students of all ages to deal with their own problems and gain self-esteem in the process.

Step by step, the book shows how to help individual students begin their own change process by noticing when a problem does not occur—that is, when things go better than normal—rather than focusing on the problem or what caused it. This approach, called Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, has been used by private counselors and therapists and is now being applied in K-12 schools with great success.

In this book veteran school counselor Linda Metcalf offers guidelines for dealing with specific problems ranging from incomplete homework to child abuse and depression. She offers techniques that are equally useful in one-on-one counseling and small group settings, and she provides ways to help non-counseling staff use the solution-focused approach. Metcalf covers a wealth of topics, including:

  • Helping students set their own goals,change their own behavior, and rebuildtheir reputations
  • Identifying "exceptions" to a student'snegative behavior
  • Working with students who are frustrated, sad, or unmotivated
  • Specific strategies for parent conferences and student-teacher problem resolution
  • Sample dialogues showing what to say and questions to ask

In addition, the book offers more than 80 reproducible worksheets and student handouts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787998066
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/14/2008
Series:
Jossey-Bass Teacher Series
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
373,545
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

About This Bookvii
About the Authorxi
Forewordxiii
Chapter 1Changing our Thinking to a Solution Focus1
Learning to Think Differently about Students Means Learning to Think Differently about Ourselves2
Jumping Over the Barbed Wire Fence4
Getting Through the Day without Crying--A Case Study7
The Focus Is on the Solution, Not the Problem10
An Introductory Case: Easing the "Tension"10
A Solution-Focused Way of Thinking15
Concluding Thoughts on How We Think16
Case Notes18
Guidelines for Using Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in the School Setting19
Becoming Codiscoverers with Students28
Seeing Problems and Solutions Differently: Building Self-Esteem28
Self-Esteem: Ways to Help It Happen30
Concluding Comments: Chapter 132
Chapter 2Creating Possibilities Through Language37
Telling the Story Differently37
Life's Little Alternatives: New Ways of Seeing Old Problems38
Assume Change Will Happen: Suggestions for Helping to Change Negative Assumptions41
A Case Study: A Short Story about School Refusing--by David Epston42
Guiding Questions for Writing New Stories45
Those Times, They Are "Exceptional"46
Questions for Focusing on Past "Exceptions"47
Questions for Focusing on Present "Exceptions"48
Developing Tasks for Success49
Suggesting and Reinforcing Favorable Behaviors49
Externalizing Problems: Finally, the Defeat of "Blaming"52
Dr. Jekyll vs. Mr. Hyde55
The Temper Tantrum Is Really a Snake57
Additional Ways to Escape the Influence of Problems60
Scaling Problems Down to Size62
Chapter 3Competency-Based Conversations69
The Educator as a Consultant for Parents, Students, and Peers69
Suggestions for Competency-Based Conversations70
The Process: Listening for Goals and Exceptions73
Previous Success = Task76
Guidelines for Competency-Based Conversations78
Between Teachers and Students: Ideas for Resolving Differences79
The Unmotivated Student (or Teacher)82
Using Competency-Based Conversations to Assist Frustrated Teachers, Students, Parents, and Colleagues82
Maximizing Personal Competencies for Professional Growth: Scaling Questions85
Troubleshooting the SFBT Approach87
"It's Someone Else's Fault": Encouraging Responsibility and Discouraging Blame90
Compromising Positions: A Means for Coming Together93
Checking Out Our Competencies94
Chapter 4The "Exceptional" School Program (Thinking about Students Differently)101
Schools Searching for Solutions101
A Fictional Case Study: The School System of the Future102
Three Principles for Principals104
Acceptance: A Necessary Daily Requirement106
I'm Valid, You're Valid108
Structure Can Be Freedom109
Who Knows Something about World War II?109
Assisting Teachers with Student Referrals: An Opportunity for Collaboration110
The Teacher Referral Form110
Ideas to Remember When Assessing the Referred Student115
Follow-Up Sessions119
Simple Interventions for Teachers: Defeat of the Temper Tantrum122
Dealing with the Resistant Student or Teacher124
Alternative School or Bust: When Suspension Looks Good to Students126
Students Are Curious about Teachers, Too130
The Parent Conference: An Opportunity for Requesting Parental Cooperation132
Special Education--A Special Opportunity for Special Attention136
Putting It All Together: Attacking a School Problem with SFBT141
Chapter 5Combining Your Resources (Group Counseling)147
Getting Groups Started in Your School147
Case Study: The Group as an Intervention151
Basic Ideas for Group Planning152
Suggestions for Facilitating the Group Process154
Specific Ideas for Specific Groups157
The Group that Hated their Mothers158
Externalizing Problems in Groups162
Chapter 6Turning Impossibilities into Possibilities: Ideas for Difficult Situations171
Case Study: A Gift of Hope172
When Students Talk about Suicide: Conversations that Encourage Life176
Preserving the Influence of a Loved One179
Sexual Abuse Survivors: Discouraging the Influence of Abuse183
When Family Problems Become Overwhelming, It's Time to Escape!187
Case Study: Being on Time187
Case Study: "I'm Not Afraid of the Bad Words Anymore"189
What Does Being Disruptive Do for You?189
Looking for Answers in All the Right Places: A Conclusive Case Study191
An Extremely Creative and Resourceful Engineer Who Saved Her Son's Life192
Chapter 7Turning Attitudes into Resources (Ideas for Classroom Guidance)195
Facilitating Classroom Discussions196
What's Working in School?199
The Study Skill Mystery Series: In Search of the "Good Student"200
Teachers Listening, Students Teaching Each Other202
Sample Discussion Questions
Metaphorical Stories206
Rolex, The Watch Dog: A Story for Sibling Rivalry206
Case Study: Calming a Parent and Gaining Cooperation207
Funny Medicine (as Suggested by Keeney)208
Choices and Resources: Ideas for Planning a High School Career210
Label Smashers211
"Seven Out of Ten" (An Activity for HIV-AIDS Education)216
Who's the Most Powerful of Them All? (Suggestions for Discouraging Gang Involvement)217
The Miracle Board (Bulletin Board Activity)218
Chapter 8Behavior Transformations: Disciplining Differently221
Taking a New Look at Old Behaviors221
Redescribing Problem Behavior: Creating Opportunities for Change222
Conclusion229
Creating Mentorships with Teachers, Administrators and Students-in-Trouble229
Teacher-Student Mentorships: The Other Side of the Desk235
Lessening the Power of Being Disruptive: The Contest of Compromise236
Team Teacher Meetings: Collaboratively Designing Interventions and Strategies238
Reversing the Pressure: Encouraging a Student to Influence Other Students241
Chapter 9A Solution-Focused School Staff: Creating the Atmosphere245
A Team Effort245
Be a School with a Purpose246
Suggestions for Training Exercise #1247
Appendix265
NOTICE: When School Works (graphic)266
Solutions Discovered Here...Come In! (graphic)267
You've Turned School Around! (form)268
Your Son is Incredible! (form)268
There's Never Been Anyone Quite Like You! (form)269
Look What I've Noticed about You! (form)269
I'm So Impressed with You! (form)270
I Can't Believe How You've Changed! (form)270
Your Daughter Is Incredible! (form)271
You Know Exactly What To Do!--You've Already Done It! (form)271
You're Doing What? (form)272
It's Too Incredible to Believe! (form)272
Make Today Exceptional (graphic)273
An Exceptional Teacher Works Here! (graphic)274
An Exceptional Counselor Makes a Difference Here! (graphic)275
An Exceptional Administrator Helps Here! (graphic)276
Exceptional Classes Meeting Here! (graphic)277
If It Works, Do It... (graphic)278
Create an Environment in Which Students, Teachers and Parents Feel Competent! (graphic)279
References281

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