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Thinking and Acting Like a Solution-Focused School Counselor

Thinking and Acting Like a Solution-Focused School Counselor

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School Counseling

July 2009 | 160 pages | Corwin
The books in this series represent the four key areas or theoretical constructs counsellors use when working with clients: Solution Focused, Behavioural, Cognitive, and Person-Centred.

Thinking and Acting Like a Solution-Focused Counselor provides counsellors with a practical guide to learning to think and then ACT like an expert counsellor.

The author focuses upon the development of the skills employed by solution-focused counsellors as they process client data, develop case conceptualizations and then formulate and implement specific treatment plans.

The book provides extensive case illustrations and guided practice exercises to move the reader from simply 'knowing' to 'doing' and is ideal for training new and less experienced counsellors in what to say, how to say it, and why to say it.

About the Author
Introduction to Book Series
Part I. Solution Focus: A Model Guiding Reflective Practice
1. The School Counselor as Reflective Practitioner
2. The Fundamentals of a Solution-Focused Organizational Framework
Part II. Solution-Focused Discourse and the Strategies Employed
3. Highlighting the Possibility and Process of Change
4. Solutions Identification and Implementation
5. Identifying and Implementing Goal Attainment Strategies
Part III. From the Eyes of the Solution-Focused Expert
6. Solution-Focused School Counselor: Reflection In and On Practice
7. Practice in Procedural Thinking

"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."

Diane Smith, School Counselor
Smethport Area School District, PA

"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."

Cynthia Knowles, Prevention Specialist
Livonia Central School District, NY

"This should be a required text for a school counseling degree."

Jill R. Boyd, Counselor and Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer
John Bullen Middle School, Kenosha, WI

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Richard D. Parsons

Richard D. Parsons, Ph.D. is a Full Professor in the Counselor Education Department at West Chester University.  Dr. Parsons has over 45 years of university teaching in counselor preparation programs. Prior to his University teaching Dr. Parsons spent 9 years as a school counselor in an inner-city high school. More About Author

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