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Brief Counseling That Works: A Solution-Focused Therapy Approach for School Counselors and Other Mental Health Professionals 3ed

by Gerald B Sklare Corwin Press
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Pbk 248 pages
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Everything you need for maximum counseling results in less time!

Expert Gerald Sklare is back with a breakthrough approach to effective counseling. Get fresh insights and new applications for solution-focused brief counseling (SFBC). Revised and expanded chapters help you:

• Conduct brief, short-term sessions that lead to rapid, observable change
• Create well-defined client goals
• Enable clients to envision and take steps toward a more hopeful future
• Maximize your time for rapid, observable student progress
• Use the solution-focused principles with reluctant clients
• Conduct positive, goal-oriented parent conferences
• Work with individuals in school and community settings

You’ll find a brand new chapter on abbreviated SFBC sessions, updated case studies and research, helpful flow charts and note sheets, and invaluable practice exercises. This “how-to” book gives you everything you need to implement this powerful, innovative counseling approach.

Preface Overview of the Contents Whatas New in This Edition Who Can Benefit From This BookAcknowledgmentsPublisher's AcknowledgmentsAbout the Author1. Counseling in Schools and Other Settings: Problems and Solutions Origins of Solution-Focused Brief Counseling Differences and Similarities Effectiveness Core aRulesa Solution-Focused Assumptions Additional Guiding Concepts Summary Practice Exercise2. Setting Goals Opening the First Meeting: Establishing Rapport and Explaining the Process Developing a Positive Goal The Miracle Question aWhat Elsea Questions Establishing Well-Developed Goals: An Overview Summary Practice Exercises3. Discovering and Constructing Solutions Discovering Unrecognized Solutions: Instances of Success Empowering Clients Through Recognition of Their Resources Scaling a Baseline and Progress Flagging the Minefield: Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles Concluding the Initial Session With a Message Summary Practice Exercise4. Connecting the Pieces Components of the First Session Case Study With Pedro: Session One Summary Practice Exercises5. Abbreviated SFBC Session Explaining the Process Determine What the Client Wants to Achieve Use Scaling to Determine Clientsa Views of Their Present Situation Whatas the Highest Number the Client Has Ever Been? The Message A Case of an Abbreviated SFBC Session Summary6. Conducting Subsequent Sessions Subsequent Sessions: Getting Started Components of Second and Subsequent Sessions Assessing Whether Further Counseling is Needed Writing a Message Tools for Second and Subsequent Sessions: Flow Chart and Note Sheet Subsequent Sessions With Pedro Summary7. Working With Reluctant Clients and Challenging Situations Helping Involuntary Clients Become Customers for Counseling SFBC With Students Mandated for Counseling in Lieu of Disciplinary Action Turning Difficult Situations Into Workable Goals Summary8. Expanding Applications of Solution-Focused Concepts 10-Second aCounselinga Solution-Focused Counseling Referral Form Use of Puppets in SFBC Use of Sand Trays in SFBC Solution-Focused Group Counseling Classroom Counseling Using SFBC Methods Solution-Focused Parent-Teacher Conferences Solution-Focused Guided Imagery Summary Final ThoughtsAppendix A: Counseling Session With Kasey: A Practice ExerciseAppendix B: Solution-Focused Guided ImageryAppendix C: Practice Detailing a Non-Specific GoalReferencesIndex

"The solution-focused counseling approach is teaching us that strengths and resources are already available and dormant within students, parents, and the school. This book is a highly readable and practical guide for harnessing the power of problem-free talk and exception-seeking to support and empower our students."

Gerald B. Sklare, EdD, LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), NCC (Nationally Certified Counselor), is a professor 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.