Academic journal article TCA Journal

Brief Counseling That Works: A Solution-Focused Approach for School Counselors

Academic journal article TCA Journal

Brief Counseling That Works: A Solution-Focused Approach for School Counselors

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Sklare, G. B. (1997). Brief Counseling That Works: A Solution-Focused Approach for School Counselors. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 121 pages.

The purpose of Sklare's book is to provide overburdened school counselors with a time efficient, theoretically based, counseling method. Sklare posits that Solution-Focused Brief Counseling (SFBC) helps school counselors meet the needs of their frequently large clientele in a brief period of time. The primary focus of the book is on methods used in the initial interview and how these methods lay the foundation for subsequent sessions.

Sklare begins by presenting five basic assumptions and four additional concepts that undergird the process of SFBC. Sklare provides the reader with concise, understandable explanations and clear case examples explaining the initial components of SFBC. The components are presented in the typical order used in an initial session. The counselor first develops a goal with the students by asking, "What is the purpose of your being here?" A miracle question follows identification of the goal: "If a miracle happened and your problem was solved, what would you be doing differently? What else would be different?" The miracle question is followed by questions concerning relationships; for example, "What would your teacher say would be different if this miracle occurred?" The counselor then explores with the student times when the student has behaved as if the miracle has occurred. …

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