School Psychology Department
BRIEF COUNSELING IN SCHOOL PRACTICE
Brief psychotherapy techniques, with their focus on outcomes, solutions, and practicality, are ideally suited to and very effective in school practice. Utilizing client competencies, cultural sensitivity, the relationship between counselor and student, and resources in the broader system, brief therapy departs from deficit models and lends hope and encouragement to students who have been unmotivated, disengaged, and troubled. Students in this course will learn the underlying theoretical concepts of brief therapy along with techniques and strategies that will allow them to begin using this approach in their own work with students. Use of these strategies in consultation with parents, school staff, and problem-solving teams will be presented. Ample opportunities for practice of techniques will be afforded during class. Open only to students in the doctoral program in School Psychology.