The Power of Groups: Solution-Focused Group Counseling in Schools (Hardback)Leslie A. Cooley (editor)
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University of Central Arkansas
'The book is a pleasure to read, extremely informative, and helpful. The organization and content teaches a skill in a way that makes the reader feel empowered'-Cynthia Knowles, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist and Consultant
A fresh, dynamic approach to build on students' strengths and encourage positive mental health.
Solution-focused brief counselling helps students improve their well-being by concentrating on goals and solutions rather than dwelling on problems. This resource shows how to use this highly effective approach for group counselling sessions so that students can dialogue and learn alongside their peers.
Research-based and practical, this unique guide gives school professionals the foundational theory and knowledge to adapt solution-focused group counselling techniques for any topic, curriculum, or grade level. Readers will find:
- Case studies of real students encountering real problems
- Forms, permissions slips, and sample letters for starting a group
- "Do This" and "Avoid This" sections
- Sample agendas for elementary, middle, and high school levels, complete with activities, session scripts, and discussion questions
Help students address common issues by creating lively, engaging group meetings using this powerful, goal-oriented methodology.
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
"A valuable addition to the growing conversation about solution-focused practice in schools. Cooley provides the nuts and bolts of solution-focused group work with students of all ages. Packed with practical ideas and materials." -- John J. Murphy, Professor of Psychology
"The book does a credible job of covering SFBC foundations and group counseling tenets and then blending the two into a comprehensive and immensely practical resource. A thorough presentation of basics for beginning counselors and a review for experienced counselors." -- Katy Olweilier, Counselor
"Beginning counselors will appreciate the ways to ensure the success of counseling groups and the many examples that illustrate the tenets of solution-focused group counseling. Experienced counselors will add to their repertoires of counseling skills and techniques. Solution-focused counseling provides a positive, proactive way of assisting individuals in finding answers to their questions." -- Bernita L. Krumm, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
"The book is a pleasure to read, extremely informative, and helpful. The author is clearly an expert on the topic and is able to teach and write to the reader with ease. The organization and content of this book teaches a skill in a way that makes the reader feel empowered." -- Cynthia Knowles, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist and Consultant
"Cooley provides the nuts and bolts of creating and leading solution-focused counseling groups in this succinct and highly readable book. A must for all those wanting to develop their skills in this area!" -- Rhonda Cash, School Psychologist
"This book provides not only a practical foundation for strength-based, solution-focused group counseling, but also insights that can be generalized to enhance all our interactions with students and staff. For those well seasoned in SFBC and those new to this orientation, it is a exceptional resource for creating change." -- Sandi Miller, School Psychologist
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