Author(s): Richard D. Parsons
The books in this series represent the four key areas or theoretical constructs counsellors use when working with clients: Solution Focused, Behavioural, Cognitive, and Person-Centred. "Thinking and Acting Like a Solution-Focused Counselor" provides counsellors with a practical guide to learning to think and then act like an expert counsellor. The author focuses upon the development of the skills employed by solution-focused counsellors as they process client data, develop case conceptualizations and then formulate and implement specific treatment plans. The book provides extensive case illustrations and guided practice exercises to move the reader from simply 'knowing' to 'doing' and is ideal for training new and less experienced counsellors in what to say, how to say it, and why to say it.
"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 20090105 "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 20090105 "This should be a required text for a school counseling degree." -- Jill R. Boyd, Counselor and Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer 20090105
Richard D. Parsons is a full professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at West Chester University. Parsons has over 32 years of university teaching in counselor preparation programs. Prior to his university teaching, he spent 9 years as a school counselor in an inner-city high school. Parsons has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Pennsylvania Counselor of Year award. Parsons has authored or coauthored over 80 professional articles and books. His most recent books include Counseling strategies that work! Evidenced-based for School Counselors (Allyn & Bacon), The School Counselor as Consultant (Brooks-Cole), Teacher as Reflective Practitioner and Action Researcher (Wadsworth Press), Educational Psychology (Wadsworth Press), The Ethics of Professional Practice (Allyn & Bacon) Counseling Strategies and Intervention Techniques (Allyn & Bacon), and The Skills of Helping (Allyn & Bacon). In addition, Parsons has authored or coauthored three seminal works in the area of psycho-educational consultation: Mental Health Consultation in the Schools (Jossey-Bass), Developing Consultation Skills (Jossey-Bass), and The Skilled Consultant (Allyn & Bacon). Parsons has a private practice and serves as a consultant to educational institutions and mental health service organizations throughout the tri-state area. He has served as a national consultant to the Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC, providing institutions of higher education with assistance in the areas of program development, student support services, pedagogical innovation, and assessment procedures.
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