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

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

by Gerald B. Sklare
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Everything you need for maximum counseling results in less time!

Expert Gerald Sklare provides fresh insights and new applications for solution-focused brief counseling (SFBC). Learn to:

• 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 helpful flow charts and note sheets, and invaluable practice exercises.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483332338
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/26/2014
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 189,373
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Gerald B. Sklare, Ed D, LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), NCC (Nationally Certified Counselor), is a profes-sor 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.

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Table of Contents

Overview of the Contents
What’s New in This Edition
Who Can Benefit From This Book
Publisher's Acknowledgments
About the Author
1. Counseling in Schools and Other Settings: Problems and Solutions
Origins of Solution-Focused Brief Counseling
Differences and Similarities
Core “Rules”
Solution-Focused Assumptions
Additional Guiding Concepts
Practice Exercise
2. Setting Goals
Opening the First Meeting: Establishing Rapport and Explaining the Process
Developing a Positive Goal
The Miracle Question
“What Else” Questions
Establishing Well-Developed Goals: An Overview
Practice Exercises
3. 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
Practice Exercise
4. Connecting the Pieces
Components of the First Session
Case Study With Pedro: Session One
Practice Exercises
5. Abbreviated SFBC Session
Explaining the Process
Determine What the Client Wants to Achieve
Use Scaling to Determine Clients’ Views of Their Present Situation
What’s the Highest Number the Client Has Ever Been?
The Message
A Case of an Abbreviated SFBC Session
6. 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
7. 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
8. Expanding Applications of Solution-Focused Concepts
10-Second “Counseling”
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
Final Thoughts
Appendix A: Counseling Session With Kasey: A Practice Exercise
Appendix B: Solution-Focused Guided Imagery
Appendix C: Practice Detailing a Non-Specific Goal

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