For counselors and teachers at all levels, here is a new, positive program for changing individual behavior that helps empower students of all ages to deal with their own problems and gain self-esteem in the process. Step by step, Counseling Toward Solutions shows how to help individual students begin their own change process by noticing when a problem does not occur rather than focusing on the problem or what caused it. This approach- called Solution-Focused Brief Therapy- is often used by private counselors and therapists and is now being applied in the schools with great success. You2ll find guidelines for dealing with specific problems ranging from incomplete homework to abuse and depression...techniques to develop small group dynamics...and ways to help staff other than counselors use the approach...plus over 80 reproducible student handout pages and dozens of delightful illustrations throughout. For easy use, this resource is organized into nine chapters, from "Changing Our Thinking to a Solution Focus" to "A Solution Focused School Staff," and printed in a big spiral-bound format that folds flat for photocopying of full-page forms and handouts. Here are just a few of the outstanding features you2ll find in this practical new resource: A process for identifying exceptions to a student2s negative behavior Actual case examples representing a wide range of behavior problems in school settings Dialog of what to say and questions to ask Guidelines for using the power of language to describe problems in a normal context to make them more solvable Specific strategies for parent conferences and student-teacher problem resolution Also included are directions for adapting solution-focused brief therapy to group settings and a handy appendix packed with additional cartoons, quotations and ideas suitable for classroom bulletin boards, certificates of success, and note-writing examples for teachers, students and parents. In short, Counseling Toward Solutions gives you virtually everything you need to start using this innovative approach today to help your students begin taking control of- and responsibility for- their own behavior and their lives.Metcalf, Linda is the author of 'Counseling Toward Solutions' with ISBN 9780876282670 and ISBN 0876282672.