Power of Groups Solution-Focused Group Counseling in Schools

ISBN-10: 1412970970
ISBN-13: 9781412970976
Edition: 2009
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 5/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Leslie Cooley worked as a school psychologist in public schools for 20 years. Initially hired in 1978 to facilitate counseling groups, she approached the task with enthusiasm and massive naivete as she had little training in group counseling. Based on her natural optimism and easy way of relating to students, she developed a variety of skills and techniques that were closely related to the later work of the innovators of solution-focused counseling.That was 1978 to 1983. Since that time, Cooley has earned a PhD and is a licensed clinical psychologist in California. In the 1990s, she transitioned from working in the schools to teaching at the graduate level in school psychology at California State University, Sacramento. Her mission was to surreptitiously infiltrate the school system with what were once radical ideas about building on strengths. In that, she has been successful� successfully mainstream! Solution-focused strategies are no longer radical, and books like Seligman�s Positive Psychology have become bestsellers. Cooley continues to do a limited psychotherapy practice with a focus on families and she continues to believe that most of the problems kids develop can be successfully managed at the school level, where any intervention is less intrusive than a referral to someone outside the school.As a graduate school trainer in school psychology, Cooley has been teaching group counseling to school psychologists for over a decade. She is systematically robbing graduate students of the character-building experience that she had scrambling to learn to run groups in the schools. However, in the schools today, there is plenty to scramble about already!

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Creating Change One Group at a Time
Facilitating Change
An Equation for Change
The Importance of a Theoretical Model
Choosing a Foundation: An Exploration of Models
Practitioner Training
Summary
Solution-Focused Counseling: A Primer
The School as a System
The Assumptions of Solution-Focused Brief Counseling
Conclusions
Summary
Turning a Solution-Focused Attitude Into Practice
What Happens if I Do Something Wrong?
Techniques and Strategies of Solution-Focused Counseling
Summary
Adapting Group Curriculum Material: General Principles
Choosing an Activity
Make It Your Own
Creating a Safe Environment
Summary
Adapting Group Curriculum Material: Specific Strategies
Group Discussion
Goal Setting
The Role of Questions
Summary
From Ideas to Action: Planning and Preparation
Getting Referrals
Permission Letters
Setting Up the Group
Pre- and Postevaluation Surveys
Handling Pressure
Summary
From Ideas to Action: Getting the Group Up and Running
At the First Meeting
Keeping the Group Afloat
Successful Ways to End a Group
Summary
Group Agendas: A Sampling
Elementary Level: Making Friends, Sessions 1 Through 3
Middle School: Handling Pressure, Sessions 4 Through 6
High School: Making Decisions and Life Goals, Sessions 7 Through 9
Summary
Troubleshooting
Potential Snags
Intervention Ideas
Self-Evaluation
Summary
The Power of Groups
The Students
The Process
The Leader
References
Index

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