Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Educational Settings Analytical Essay by Nicky

Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Educational Settings
A look at how solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) works and its applications in the school environment.
# 149151 | 2,127 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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The paper reviews the literature to provide a description of solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), as well as an analysis of its relative strengths and limitations for school counseling practice. The paper concludes that the SFBT approach represents a valuable tool in any school counselors' repertoire, particularly since it can be used either as a stand-alone approach or in conjunction with other counseling methods. This paper contains a table.

Review and Analysis

From the Paper:

"Some of the more salient strengths of SFBT relate to its cost effectiveness and ability to effect positive changes in students in a relatively short amount of time. In this regard, Jones and Charlton (1999) report that, "Solution-focused brief therapy is based on one simple idea which, however, is difficult to put into practice: listen to the child, find out what it is that the child wants and work with the child towards achieving it" (p. 70). Although this approach sounds straightforward and simple enough, young people are not "little adults" and they may not be as forthcoming as their adult counterparts in revealing what is troubling them; indeed, they may not even be consciously aware of the more operative factors that are adversely affecting their lives and academic performance. Although this is not an absolute prerequisite for the SFBT approach to succeed, there are some others that must be satisfied in order for this counseling technique to achieve meaningful change. As Jones and Charlton point out, "The prerequisite from the child must be a desire to change and the prerequisite from the teacher must be a willingness to look at all sorts of issues with the child. The teacher's goal is to help the child to learn, yet, in order to achieve this, issues may need to be covered that may seem to be wholly unrelated to work. Several meetings will probably be needed and could be as short as ten minutes or as long as an hour" (p. 70)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • de Shazer, S. (1979, Summer). Brief therapy with families. American Journal of Family Therapy, 7(2).
  • de Shazer, S. (1986). An indirect approach to brief therapy (Family Therapy Collections, Vol. 19, pp 48-55, Aspen Systems). Milwaukee, WI: Brief Family Therapy Center.
  • de Shazer, S. (1988). Clues: Investigating solutions in brief therapy. New York: W.W. Norton.
  • Fernando, D. M. (2007). Existential theory and solution-focused strategies: Integration and application. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 29(3), 226-227.
  • Jones, K. & Charlton, T. (1999). Overcoming learning and behavior difficulties: Partnership with pupils. New York: Routledge.

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