Brief Intervention for School Problems, Second Edition: Outcome-Informed Strategies

Brief Intervention for School Problems, Second Edition: Outcome-Informed Strategies

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Every interaction with a young person who is struggling is an opportunity for change. This highly practical guide helps school practitioners find effective solutions to academic and behavioral problems through brief counseling. It shows how to build on the ideas and resources that students, parents, and teachers bring to the intervention process, within an innovative, research-supported, time-limited framework. Extensive case material illustrates the authors' creative approach to building solutions and "busting problems" by putting clients in the driver's seat. Filled with real-world examples from both elementary and secondary settings, the book presents creative strategies for addressing disciplinary problems, poor academic performance, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, and other common difficulties.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606239308
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/03/2010
Series: Guilford School Practitioner Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

About the Author

John J. Murphy, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas, is a practitioner, author, and trainer of brief therapy and strengths-based approaches with children, adolescents, and school problems. Dr. Murphy is a former public school teacher who has been cited as one of the top five school psychologists in the United States. He is a Section Director in the Heart and Soul of Change Project and a featured therapist in the video training series, Child Therapy with the Experts. He continues to practice in schools and to train people throughout the United States and overseas. His website is

Barry L. Duncan, PsyD, is a therapist, trainer, and researcher with over 17,000 hours of clinical experience. He is Director of the Heart and Soul of Change Project (, a practice-driven training and research initiative that focuses on what works in therapy and substance abuse treatment, and more importantly, how to deliver it on the front lines via client-based outcome feedback. Dr. Duncan has authored or coauthored over 100 publications, including 15 books. His most recent books include the second edition of the bestselling Heart and Soul of Change and On Becoming a Better Therapist. He is the codeveloper of the Outcome Rating Scale and Session Rating Scale.



Table of Contents

1. Kenny: An Introduction to What Works
2. Empirical Foundations of Effective Intervention
3. Assessment 1: Recruiting the Heroic Client
4. Assessment 2: Becoming Outcome Informed
5. Brief Intervention: Solution Building
6. Brief Intervention: Problem Busting
7. Medication, Children, and Schools: The Guidelines Still Apply, with Jacqueline Sparks
8. Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix A: Index of Client Examples
Appendix B: Outcome and Session Rating Scales
Appendix C: Making the Numbers Count


School psychologists, counselors, and social workers; other child and adolescent clinicians who consult on school problems; students and trainees. Serves as a text in graduate-level courses in elementary and secondary school psychology, counseling, and consultation.

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