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With a simple focus on "what works," this practical book spells out a compelling rationale and practical blueprint for time-efficient, collaborative problem solving in the schools. Demonstrating that every contact with clients is an opportunity for empowerment and change, the authors draw upon extensive hands-on experience and the latest findings in psychotherapy outcome research to present effective strategies for handling behavioral, academic, and psychosocial problems. Extensive case examples and sample dialogues in every chapter guide school practitioners and trainees through the interview and intervention process and illustrate the approach in action.
Table of Contents
1. Kenny: An Introduction to What Works
2. Empirical Foundations of Effective Intervention
II. The Brief Intervention Approach
3. Assessment: The First Interview
4. Intervention I: The Client Knows Best
5. Intervention II: If at First You Don't Succeed, Try Something Different
6. Evaluating and Maintaining Progress
III. Cases and Conclusions
7. The Case of Larry: Working with What Works
8. The Case of Maria: When Rationality Doesn't Make Sense
9. Special Challenges and Final Thoughts
"[The] writing style and the selection of interesting cases that almost any practitioner would relate to or encounter in a school setting kept my interest alive throughout the entire book....I would highly recommend the book to anyone working or who plans to work in a school setting. The reader will find this text easy to read and very relevant to their daily practice....Graduate students and other practitioners will find the perspective offered by the authors practical and refereshing. In fact, I would recommend the book as an addition to a practicum course reading list in training programs such as school psychology and school counseling. It is probably one of the few books I have read that realistically describes the practice of psychotherapy within a public school setting."
"A refreshingly practical orientation toward interventions for the diverse problems faced daily by school practitioners."
-Alex Thomas, PhD
"The book is the best, straightforward, practical approach to the solution of school problems that I have ever read."
-Barbara A. Murdock, certified guidance counselor, Boone County High School, Florence, KY
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