Thinking and Acting Like a Solution-Focused School Counselor

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Learn How to Emphasize Students' Strengths to Help Them Resolve Problems!

This book helps new and experienced school counselors engage with students using a solution-focused approach that stresses cooperation and highlights students' positive attributes to facilitate goal achievement.

Thinking and Acting Like a Solution-Focused School Counselor provides the background and expertise needed to establish collaborative student relationships, identify student skills and abilities, and reframe problems into attainable goals. Emphasizing practice and feedback, Richard D. Parsons includes actual session transcripts to help new and less experienced counselors apply concepts directly to their own practice. Benefits of this book include

A reflective, meaning-making model as a basis for effective school counseling

An introduction to the fundamental principles of solution-focused counseling

Clinical illustrations for identifying and implementing solutions strategies

In-depth, verbatim case studies and guided practice exercises

Like the companion books on behavioral, cognitive, and eclectic school counseling, this concise guide offers the knowledge and skills necessary to help troubled students in need of encouragement and hope.

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Editorial Reviews

Diane Smith
"This book does make a distinct contribution to the field. This approach is one that school counselors can use. Many may be using a form of this and not even know it. "
Cynthia Knowles
"The author knows solution-focused counseling inside and out. He describes in excellent detail how to use this technique with multiple problems and multiple ages. The examples are spot on. "
Jill R. Boyd
"This should be a required text for a school counseling degree. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412966450
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2009
  • Series: Thinking And Acting Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 149
  • Sales rank: 609,930
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard D. Parsons, Ph D, is a full professor in the Department of Counselor Education at West Chester University. Parsons has over thirty-two years of university teaching in counselor preparation programs. Prior to his university teaching, he spent nine years as a school counselor in an inner-city high school. Parsons has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Pennsylvania Counselor of the Year award. Parsons has authored or coauthored over 80 professional articles and books. His most recent books include the series of four training texts for school counselors, Transforming Theory into Practice (Corwin Press) and individual titles, Counseling Strategies that Work! Evidenced-based Interventions for School Counselors (Allyn & Bacon), The School Counselor as Consultant (Brooks/Cole), and Teacher as Reflective Practitioner and Action Researcher (Wadsworth). Parsons has a private practice and serves as a consultant to educational institutions and mental health service organizations throughout the tri-state area.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

About the Author xi

Introduction to Book Series: Transforming Theory Into Practice 1

Part I Solution Focus: A Model Guiding Reflective Practice 3

1 The School Counselor as Reflective Practitioner 5

Counselors in Search of Meaning 5

Counselors Reflections Guiding Practice Decisions 6

Orienting Frameworks Guiding Reflection 12

Summary 12

2 The Fundamentals of a Solution-Focused Organizing Framework 15

More Than Just New Techniques: A New Perspective 16

Fundamental Principles Guiding Solution-Focused Practice 20

Final Thoughts 35

Summary 37

Part II Solution-Focused Discourse and the Strategies Employed 39

3 Highlighting the Possibility and Process of Change 41

Problem Deconstruction 44

Competence Talk 47

Exception Talk 49

Summary 51

4 Solution Identification and Implementation 53

Collaborative Relationship 53

The Miracle Question 55

Setting Effective Goals 60

What's Next? 68

Summary 68

5 Identifying and Implementing Goal-Attainment Strategies 71

Using Language of Change 72

Focusing on Strengths 74

Working With Exceptions 77

Externalizing the Problem 82

Developing Tasks 83

Summary 84

Part III From the Eyes of the Solution-Focused Expert 87

6 Solution-Focused School Counselor: Reflection "in" and "on" Practice 89

Case 1 Nikita 90

Case 2 Charles 99

Case 3 Eli 106

A Caveat 112

What's Next? 112

7 Practice in Procedural Thinking 113

Randall: The Sixth-Grade Bully 114

Maria: Just Can't Say No! 122

Epilogue: A Beginning ... Not an End 129

Resource: Ethical Standards for School Counselors 130

References 143

Index 145

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