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Counseling Toward Solutions

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For counselors and teachers at all levels, here is a new, positive program for changing individual behavior that helps empower students of all ages to deal with their own problems and gain self-esteem in the process.

Step by step, Counseling Toward Solutions shows how to help individual students begin their own change process by noticing when a problem does not occur rather than focusing on the problem or what caused it. This approach— called Solution-Focused Brief Therapy— is often used by private counselors and therapists and is now being applied in the schools with great success.

You'll find guidelines for dealing with specific problems ranging from incomplete homework to abuse and depression...techniques to develop small group dynamics...and ways to help staff other than counselors use the approach...plus over 80 reproducible student handout pages and dozens of delightful illustrations throughout.

For easy use, this resource is organized into nine chapters, from "Changing Our Thinking to a Solution Focus" to "A Solution Focused School Staff," and printed in a big spiral-bound format that folds flat for photocopying of full-page forms and handouts.

Here are just a few of the outstanding features you'll find in this practical new resource:

  • A process for identifying exceptions to a student's negative behavior
  • Actual case examples representing a wide range of behavior problems in school settings
  • Dialog of what to say and questions to ask
  • Guidelines for using the power of language to describe problems in a normal context to make them more solvable
  • Specific strategies for parent conferences and student-teacher problem resolution

Also included are directions for adapting solution-focused brief therapy to group settings and a handy appendix packed with additional cartoons, quotations and ideas suitable for classroom bulletin boards, certificates of success, and note-writing examples for teachers, students and parents.

In short, Counseling Toward Solutions gives you virtually everything you need to start using this innovative approach today to help your students begin taking control of— and responsibility for— their own behavior and their lives.

Synopsis:

Step by step, Counseling Toward Solutions shows how to help individual students begin their own change process by noticing when a problem does not occur rather than focusing on the problem or what caused it. This approach— called Solution-Focused Brief Therapy— is often used by private counselors and therapists and is now being applied in the schools with great success.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Linda Metcalf, Ph.D., is a certified school counselor, licensed professional counselor, and licensed marriage and family therapist in the State of Texas. She is an associate professor and director of school counseling at Texas Wesleyan University. Metcalf is the author of numerous books, including Parenting Toward Solutions.

Table of Contents

About This Book.

About the Author.

Foreword.

Chapter 1: Changing Our Thinking to a Solution Focus.

Chapter 2: Creating Possibilities Through Language.

Chapter 3: Competency-Based Conversations.

Chapter 4: The "Exceptional" School Program (Thinking About Students Differently).

Chapter 5: Combining Your Resources (Group Counseling).

Chapter 6: Turning Impossibilities Into Possibilities: Ideas for Difficult Situations.

Chapter 7: Turning Attitudes Into Resources (Ideas for Classroom Guidance).

Chapter 8: Behavior Transformations: Disciplining Differently.

Chapter 9: A Solution-Focused School Staff: Creating the Atmosphere.

Appendix.

References.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787966294
Subtitle:
A Practical Solution-Focused Program for Working with Students, Teachers, and Parents
Foreword:
Metcalf, Ryan
Illustrator:
Metcalf, Ryan
Author:
Metcalf, Linda
Author:
O'Hanlon, Bill
Author:
O'Hanlon, Bill
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Location:
San Francisco, Calif.
Subject:
Guidance & Orientation
Subject:
Educational counseling
Subject:
Students & Student Life
Subject:
Solution-focused therapy
Subject:
Counseling - General
Subject:
counselor education
Subject:
empowering students
Subject:
Self-Esteem
Subject:
therapists
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
Depression
Subject:
negative behavior
Subject:
school counselors, counselor education, empowering students, self-esteem, therapists, child abuse, depression, negative behavior
Subject:
School Psychology & Counseling (K-12)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
150-101-622
Publication Date:
20080310
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
10.90x8.28x.76 in. 1.80 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Step by step, Counseling Toward Solutions shows how to help individual students begin their own change process by noticing when a problem does not occur rather than focusing on the problem or what caused it. This approach— called Solution-Focused Brief Therapy— is often used by private counselors and therapists and is now being applied in the schools with great success.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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