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Creative Strategies for School Problems : Solutions for Psychologists and Teachers - Michael Durrant

Creative Strategies for School Problems

Solutions for Psychologists and Teachers

Hardcover Published: 17th April 1995
ISBN: 9780393701906
Number Of Pages: 128

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Intended for school psychologists, counselors, and social workers, teachers, and therapists who work with school systems, this book presents both a philosophy and numerous practical strategies for handling behavioral problems presented by students.</p> <p> Ideas from various brief therapies provide a framework that offers school personnel creative and efficient ways to deal with those situations in which they often get "stuck". While students behavioral or emotional difficulties may be related to family or personality factors, teachers or counselors can do little about those. Whatever the "cause" of students behavior, school personnel must deal with, or modify, behavior that disrupts the educational routine. Consequently, this book focuses on what to do, rather than what caused.</p> <p> After sharing some thoughts about typical assumptions brought to contacts with students, Michael Durrant demonstrates strategies for assessment, setting goals, intervening in problem behaviors, highlighting change, and shifting the focus from present problems to future solutions. The strategies described can be used in formal counseling, in classrooms, in consultation to teachers, and in helping the school system as a whole respond differently to students. Throughout there are numerous examples of this competency-based approach at work in real school settings.</p>

Introduction - Catching "invisible balls"
How do we think about school problems?p. 1
Changing behavior and meaningp. 15
Assessmentp. 26
Feeling heardp. 52
Goals - Setting the agenda for counselingp. 55
The imbalance of responsibilityp. 75
Intervening in problem behaviorsp. 80
Case example - Brief strategic interventionp. 104
Case example - Building on exceptionsp. 111
Running groups with a competency focusp. 133
Highlighting change - and helping it persistp. 138
Consulting to teachersp. 144
Helping school staff notice differencep. 150
How we see students makes a differencep. 157
Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9780393701906
ISBN-10: 0393701905
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 17th April 1995
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.04  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1