Professor of Graduate Counseling
What can solution-focused counseling do for you and your students?
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What will I get out of a school counseling degree?
"Solution focused counseling is a way of working with clients that focuses primarily on the client's strengths and abilities rather than the problem that brought them to counseling. By assisting the client to look into the near future, by asking 'a miracle question,' designed to help the client focus on their preferred future, the counselor is able to ask questions regarding past successes that can enable the client to get to the future goal."
What is different about solution-focused counseling?
"Solution focused counseling is different than other counseling models, as it does not 'dig into the past to uncover what is causing the dilemma.' Instead, the model invites the client to envision a preferred future and work on ways to slowly bring it about. This means utilizing client's strengths in past situations that assisted the client in surviving past dilemmas."
How does solution-focused counseling impact your entire program?
"The solution focused program helps school counselors and therapists in our program to work efficiently and briefly with clients, even those struggling with 'serious' situations. As a result, our graduates are highly sought after.
School counselors who use this approach and share the ideas when interviewing, often find school administrators hiring them on the spot. Therapists who graduate, find that their skills are very marketable, as insurance companies clamor for their skills. Additionally, the program is enhanced each summer when over twenty graduate students attend solution focused training at Brief Therapy Practice in London. Those students who experience the London Abroad Class exhibit skills that surprise even their professors when they return!"