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Thinking and Acting Like a Solution-Focused School Counselor


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Preface Acknowledgments 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 References Index

About the Author

Richard D. Parsons, PhD, is a full professor in the Department of Counselor Education, at West Chester University. He has over 37 years of university teaching in counselor preparation programs. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Pennsylvania Counselor of Year award, and has authored or co-authored over 80 professional articles, book chapters, and books. His most recent books include Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice in 2014, Becoming a Skilled Counselor in 2013 (both with SAGE), and a series of four training texts for school counselors grouped under the title, Transforming Theory into Practice (Corwin Press). Additional recent works include Fundamentals of the Helping Process (Waveland Press), Counseling Strategies That Work!: Evidence-Based for School Counselors (Allyn & Bacon), and Counseling Strategies and Intervention Techniques (Allyn & Bacon). His current project finds him editing a 35-book series for SAGE Publications, 11 of which cover the common core competencies for counselor preparation as outlined by the Council for the Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Programs (CACREP), with the remaining books targeting specialty areas.


"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
"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
"This should be a required text for a school counseling degree." -- Jill R. Boyd, Counselor and Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer

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